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Fresh start with a new HD...


soulboy
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So, my last post was asking what to do about my PC freezing and grinding. I have only just formatted the whole disk and re-installed a fresh XPSP3, but considering I've had about 10 years use from the rather bog standard drive, it's no surprise the thing still wants out! I'm happy enough with XP, I use a lot of music production software/hardware that isn't brand new cutting edge shizzle, so the reliability of XP and being used to 'handling' it, has kept me faithful. When I get my new disk tomorrow, and spend a bit more on (cos I want this one to last 30 years not 10 and would like it to be more efficient) then I should install windows 7, right? or can i transfer the whole lot inc. settings and installed software, then upgrade to windows 7? (I'm also running another old-ish internal drive and two external ones. As explained in my previous post, my motherboard chip and ram etc are all quite recent.) A bit of a crossroads....

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soulboy

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thanks to everybody who has replied to this vague post! All the replies have been helpful. I am thanking in advance in case it takes me weeks to get back online as I take the plunge. I am about to carry out your advice, fruitbat, I just need a clarification; I am diconnecting both IDE drives, leaving my new Seagate connected in order to install fresh W7 on it, then re-connecting my IDE drives with jumpers set to slave? Am I right in thinking that I will then be able to access the old drives as non-system drives? It won't try to start both at once?

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soulboy

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thanks to everybody who has replied to this vague post! All the replies have been helpful. I am thanking in advance in case it takes me weeks to get back online as I take the plunge. I am about to carry out your advice, fruitbat, I just need a clarification; I am diconnecting both IDE drives, leaving my new Seagate connected in order to install fresh W7 on it, then re-connecting my IDE drives with jumpers set to slave? Am I right in thinking that I will then be able to access the old drives as non-system drives? It won't try to start both at once?

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soulboy

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thanks to everybody who has replied to this vague post! All the replies have been helpful. I am thanking in advance in case it takes me weeks to get back online as I take the plunge. I am about to carry out your advice, fruitbat, I just need a clarification; I am diconnecting both IDE drives, leaving my new Seagate connected in order to install fresh W7 on it, then re-connecting my IDE drives with jumpers set to slave? Am I right in thinking that I will then be able to access the old drives as non-system drives? It won't try to start both at once?

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soulboy

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thanks to everybody who has replied to this vague post! All the replies have been helpful. I am thanking in advance in case it takes me weeks to get back online as I take the plunge. I am about to carry out your advice, fruitbat, I just need a clarification; I am diconnecting both IDE drives, leaving my new Seagate connected in order to install fresh W7 on it, then re-connecting my IDE drives with jumpers set to slave? Am I right in thinking that I will then be able to access the old drives as non-system drives? It won't try to start both at once?

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soulboy

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thanks to everybody who has replied to this vague post! All the replies have been helpful. I am thanking in advance in case it takes me weeks to get back online as I take the plunge. I am about to carry out your advice, fruitbat, I just need a clarification; I am diconnecting both IDE drives, leaving my new Seagate connected in order to install fresh W7 on it, then re-connecting my IDE drives with jumpers set to slave? Am I right in thinking that I will then be able to access the old drives as non-system drives? It won't try to start both at once?

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soulboy

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thanks to everybody who has replied to this vague post! All the replies have been helpful. I am thanking in advance in case it takes me weeks to get back online as I take the plunge. I am about to carry out your advice, fruitbat, I just need a clarification; I am diconnecting both IDE drives, leaving my new Seagate connected in order to install fresh W7 on it, then re-connecting my IDE drives with jumpers set to slave? Am I right in thinking that I will then be able to access the old drives as non-system drives? It won't try to start both at once?

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soulboy

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thanks to everybody who has replied to this vague post! All the replies have been helpful. I am thanking in advance in case it takes me weeks to get back online as I take the plunge. I am about to carry out your advice, fruitbat, I just need a clarification; I am diconnecting both IDE drives, leaving my new Seagate connected in order to install fresh W7 on it, then re-connecting my IDE drives with jumpers set to slave? Am I right in thinking that I will then be able to access the old drives as non-system drives? It won't try to start both at once?

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soulboy

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sorry for multiple post. The other drive had definitely had it, as you can see I had problems submitting that comment! I am using new drive now, is great. When I need to get back ontoi the other two, can I just set the jumpers to slave and leave them plugged in as they are?

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When I need to get back ontoi the other two, can I just set the jumpers to slave and leave them plugged in as they are?

Yes

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