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LaughingCheese

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#1 12 years ago

Hi all!

My computer's five years old (yes, I'll be replacing it someday of course...)

My main drive (C: ) is ~10GB. We bought a second hard drive a couple years ago which is ~55GB.

PC Stats:

Compaq AMD Duron 700MHz XP Pro 640MB RAM ~10/~55GB Hard drives, respectively ATI Radeon 7500

I recently upgraded to XP Pro from ME. However, now my main hard drive has less than a GB left, which means I can't install anything! I also installed Microsoft Office, which I can't uninstall because I will likely need it for the remainder of the school year. (Even if I could, I still couldn't install another program because there just isn't any more room on the C (484MB left at present) drive (although I install all my programs to my other drive, which is D, which currently has 29.1GB left.)

Long story short, I need to get a new main hard drive (C). But this, is of course where my operating system is installed, and then I would have no OS!

To upgrade, I only got the "Upgrade" version of XP (my dad had to pay half of it, which is why I couldn't get the "Full" version).

Isn't the reason its called "Upgrade" because you can't install it on a blank drive? There has to be a previous installation of Windows right?

So is there any way I can transfer my OS to a new hard drive or something? Any other ideas?

Thanks, LC




Chris

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#2 12 years ago

To be honest, I've never thought about this. It probably needs an old version of the Windows OS installed to boot. Actually, definitely, it will need a previous Windows OS installed. Do you have the previous operationg system discs for the OS you were on before XP? If so, install that and then upgrade to XP, should work.




LaughingCheese

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#3 12 years ago
J.C. DentonTo be honest, I've never thought about this. It probably needs an old version of the Windows OS installed to boot. Actually, definitely, it will need a previous Windows OS installed. Do you have the previous operationg system discs for the OS you were on before XP? If so, install that and then upgrade to XP, should work.

Do recovery discs count? :p See, I've heard manufacturers don't give out OSs when you buy the computer; its pre-installed, and I don't know if they ever gave out the OS. So how would anyone have an OS??:confused: Can I find legit copies on Amazon? Thanks, LC




kow_ciller

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#4 12 years ago

try to reformat with the recovery disk and if it shows your whole hard drive then recover and re-install XP




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#5 12 years ago

Seagate have software you can download from their website called DiscWizard, using this you can copy your OS from the old hard drive to the new one. I'm not sure that it will work with other makes of drives though. it allows you to keep the old drive as storage, or remove it, or keep it as the boot drive. the first to would be your best option as you want a bigger drive

http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/drivers/discwiz.html

hot to use it

http://www.seagate.com/support/kb/disc/howto/use_dw2002.html


Thinking about it.



LaughingCheese

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#6 12 years ago

Thanks-I'll check it out!

Yeah, I'm getting rid of this drive when I find out how to replace it! :D

10GB.....helloooooo!:cya:




Chris

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#7 12 years ago

TBH, you thought of getting a bigger one, eg... 60GB? Even with that not all my games fit on it...




Bs|Archaon

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#8 12 years ago

You can install an upgrade of Windows on a blank drive, but it will ask for you to insert a previous version of Windows as proof that it is an upgrade. That means you MUST have an original disc for something like 98SE or ME. A manufacturer's recovery disc or something like that won't do.