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N88TR

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#1 10 years ago

I am running two hard drives atm on my tower, both sata2 but of different capacities. I plan on installing xp pro, just like the laptop. [Though it'll be a lot easier getting drivers to work with known components.]

So how does this work, just like the laptop or a bit different? I backup all my data on both drives then put in the xp cd. Will both drives be formatted properly just like in my laptop xp install or is there some manual work I need to do?

Also, I don't understand the idea of partitioning. I think I know what the word means, but why do I have to do it, why can't the full drive size be recognized and fully-utilized, or is partioning for something different, unique circumstances?

Thank you very much.




ConstanceJill

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#2 10 years ago

Well the basic idea of partitionning in my mind is that this way you may, even if you had a single HDD, separate very easily your system and your data, so if for some software reason your system (OS) gets fucked up, you may as well reformat that partition and only that partition without loosing any data (well, except basic stuff from your windows' profile that you wouldn't have kept a backup of).

That's why I only allocate a few gigs to my system partition : enough to install the OS and most utilities / "basic" programs such as word processor... you get the idea. All my "important" files are saved on other partitions. I even went farther by making dedicated partitions for different stuff : one for general purpose data, one for backups of game CDs / DVDs, one for downloaded fansubs, one for games (most don't need reinstalling even if you reformat the system partition, so why bothering installing them every time ? ), one for backups of the system partition ^^

( You may wonder, why doing that and not just putting all that stuff into directories on the same partition ? Well, when I started doing that, back when Windows 98 still was my main OS, the main objective was to optimize defragmenting. For it's stupid to defragment stuff which is already defragmented, and Windows' defragmenter always did a full defrag (that is, including defragmenting free space). When you have a few gigs of game files already defragmented, no need to defrag them again because you deleted and added other types of data. )

Also from time to time (when I made enough significative updates) I make a backup of my system partition, and now, should I ever test something that would put a mess on my system, I just have to restore that backup.

By the way, since you have two hard disk drives, then unless you're using RAID to kinda "put them together", well you'll have a least two partitions (one for each physical drive).

As I said earlier, you probably won't need more than a few gigs for your system, so that would be wasting space (or using it to place data on a "less secure place in case of system crash" ) if you allocated a whole HDD for it... unless it's a lower capacity one.




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#3 10 years ago
ConstanceJill;4499900By the way, since you have two hard disk drives, then unless you're using RAID to kinda "put them together", well you'll have a least two partitions (one for each physical drive).

You can only use RAID, if all the used harddrives have the same amount of storage. At best they should be exactly the same model.




N88TR

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#4 10 years ago

Ok, well partitioning aside [not interested in it], is the XP install any different when using multiple drives versus a single drive?




ConstanceJill

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#5 10 years ago
homo sine domino;4499942You can only use RAID, if all the used harddrives have the same amount of storage. At best they should be exactly the same model.

Huh actually it's not a requirement if you only do concatenation, even though it's not refered to as a numbered RAID...

Edit : and to answer N88TR, no, the XP install is just the same, you just might have to choose on which drive you want to install in addition to and before the rest.




Oblivious

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#6 10 years ago
N88TR;4500036Ok, well partitioning aside [not interested in it], is the XP install any different when using multiple drives versus a single drive?

2nd physical drive makes backing things up off of the OS drive fast and easy. Otherwise, it should work the same installing XP to either a laptop drive or a desktop drive. You will get a choice as to which drive you wish to install to when you have more than one.