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Windows 7: Win 7 with XP on 2nd drive

15 Mar 2015   #1
miztrniceguy

Win 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
Win 7 with XP on 2nd drive

I have a desktop with Windows 7 on it. I am going to give it to a family member that has a decrepit desktop with XP on it. I was thinking that if I pulled the HDD from her desktop she would have access to the programs and pictures etc that are on it without having to move them. But would there be a conflict with that drive having XP on it? She would not need to boot to XP if she can access the files and folders.

Alternatively I could move the files to the drive with 7 on it and wipe the 2nd drive, then set it as a second drive just for storage to make room on the Primary drive. Obviously a bit more work. Both drives are 160GB but the one with 7 is much newer.

Of course I know I could get a new drive cheap and clone the 7 drive to it and move the files from the XP drive to a separate partition on it, too. But trying to save her from having to spend any money. May still do it just for 7 anyway, but my main question is about the files on the XP drive.

Suggestions?


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15 Mar 2015   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
I doubt you could do anything with the programs on the old drive or the os "xp" once out of the old machine legally anyway
Your alternative is viable Personal files and storage after cleaning it and 7 on the newer drive
Cheers.
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15 Mar 2015   #3
miztrniceguy

Win 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply. It isn't the programs I or she cares about anyway except a genealogy one. Office I can reinstall without a problem, plus I get it for only $10 anyway. It's the files and folders and associated data. I should be able to access them and copy to a new drive afterwards. I decided to go ahead and get her a new 1TB drive and put 7 on it then copy her data to it, make an image of her XP drive and then save the physical drive for later.
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16 Mar 2015   #4
gregrocker

 

You can install the XP hard drive into your WIn7 PC if it has a port for it, then access the data by assigning a drive letter in Disk Mgmt if required.

It might even boot - triggered by the BIOS Boot Menu key - if you don't have an EFI BIOS and there are not too many conflicts between drivers, SID and HID. You can adjust it to boot on different hardware by running an XP Repair Install from the XP disk.

If you want to copy all the files off and optimize it for storage, I'd wipe it with Diskpart Clean Command to clear all boot code and partition table, then repartition in Disk Mgmt.
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16 Mar 2015   #5
miztrniceguy

Win 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the tip. I will see how it goes tomorrow after I install 7 on a fresh drive.
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16 Mar 2015   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Check whether the old drive is actually a Sata drive - else you will have problems.
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16 Mar 2015   #7
miztrniceguy

Win 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Surprisingly it's SATA-I according to the Speccy report.
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16 Mar 2015   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Sounds OK then. Must be a late XP system.
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16 Mar 2015   #9
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by miztrniceguy View Post
Thanks for the tip. I will see how it goes tomorrow after I install 7 on a fresh drive.
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16 Mar 2015   #10
miztrniceguy

Win 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

It's an old Asus with a 0nx1114RE101AMBEM00 Motherboard, AMD Athlon 64 3700+ CPU and 1 GB ram DDR 200...which is why I'm giving her my old system with an Intel board and Dual Core 3.2 Ghz cpu and 4 GB ram and Win 7, going on a 1 TB WD Green.

I'll pull the existing drive, put the new drive, with clean install of Windows 7 and then add the drive with XP and go from there.
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