2nd HDD problem

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twistedmedia
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Hey,

Right, please bare with me on this query, as it may take a while to explain!!

Basically, I'm wanting to install another 40gig hard disk into my PC, as I would like to use this disk as a boot drive, and for programmes, and have the 120gig hard disk that came with my computer strictly for my digital video capture.

However, all the software and drivers came pre-installed with my PC, and I am a little concerned that as I wipe the 120gig HDD, and install XP on my new hard disk, I will lose vital drivers/applications/etc

Could you please tell me which files I may need to backup on CD-R, generally advise me on any particular pitfalls to avoid?

I hope you can avise me appropriately,

Regards,

Tom.

Tom.

harlequin
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use ghost or some other software to make a copy of the partition on the larger drive onto the small drive.

or
if your machine came with a recovery disc and some cd's.
you may find it easier to 'remove' the large drive.
install the small drive
run the installation cd's , which should rebuild the pc to the state it would leave the factory , check it works then add back in the large drive , format it and then use it for data.

Gary MacKenzie

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twistedmedia
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Thanks for your reply, my PC did come with recovery discs and a few software CD's, so I'll opt for the second option, as I think making a copy of thr partition will still leave me with a load of the pointless software that was pre-installed by the manufacturer.

Once I have the new drive in with the OS installed on it, how should I then set up the new drive? (NTFS etc etc?)

Also, is it better to have the smaller drive for OS, programmes, renders and scratch disk, and save the 120g drive just for footage, or would I be better having footage, renders and scratch disk all on the same drive?

Regards,

Tom

Tom.

harlequin
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quote:Originally posted by twistedmedia:
Thanks for your reply, my PC did come with recovery discs and a few software CD's, so I'll opt for the second option, as I think making a copy of thr partition will still leave me with a load of the pointless software that was pre-installed by the manufacturer.

Once I have the new drive in with the OS installed on it, how should I then set up the new drive? (NTFS etc etc?)

Also, is it better to have the smaller drive for OS, programmes, renders and scratch disk, and save the 120g drive just for footage, or would I be better having footage, renders and scratch disk all on the same drive?

Regards,

Tom

what i have done before now is

1. split 40gb to 30 and 10
2. put o/s and software onto 30
3. put swapfile and temp directory on 10
4. put all capture and render files on large 120 drive.

i made my 120 ntfs.

Gary MacKenzie

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Thinkserver TS140 , 750ti Graphics card  & LG 27" uws led backlight , Edius 8

Humax Foxsat HD Pvr / Humax Fox T2 dvbt

twistedmedia
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Gary,

sorry, Im not sure I know what you meant by "swapfile" and "temp directory"

Tom.

Tom.

harlequin
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swapfile : the windows swapfile
temp directory : where windows stores files temporarily while installing software etc.

if you don't know what they are , i don't want to have you move them and cause problems you can't fix.

leave them where windows sets up on the machine.

so just make it a 40gb for software/ o/s and a 120 for video capture etc files

Gary MacKenzie

sepulce@hotmail.com ( an account only used for forum messages )

Thinkserver TS140 , 750ti Graphics card  & LG 27" uws led backlight , Edius 8

Humax Foxsat HD Pvr / Humax Fox T2 dvbt