Quote: Originally Posted by sped800
I'm getting to the point. I want to install Windows 7 Ultimate on the 500 gb drive. Data is backed up on an external drive (and Carbonite) and I plan to reformat the new drive when installing the new OS. I'm wondering if I need to take any particular steps for everything to work out and if so, in what order.
1. Do I need to do anything in the BIOS to reverse the priority of the drives, i.e., make the new drive primary?
2. Is there anything I need to do to remove any ownership Windows XP feels towards the new drive?
3. Is it ok to just reformat the old drive at the same time (get rid of XP)? Does it matter? There's no interest in making it dual boot.
Thanks so much in advance for any clarification you can provide!
Welcome to the windows forums Sped800.
You might want to fill out your systems specifications under the CP menu.
Answering your questions in order. Based on whether your drives are SATA or IDE
1. if SATA, I would reverse the two data cables for the drives so that sata 0 was your new larger drive. I would disconnect your other drive so that it would not interfer with your install of the new operating system. Makes it much easier.
1a. if IDE, the drives boot sequence would be based on jumpers on the drive for Master or Slave.
After you have installed windows on your new drive then you can connect your older drive and format it to use as a data drive.
2. removing the old drive by not connecting the data cable will preclude anything going wrong in installing your new windows.
3. by booting your new OS dvd, it will install on your new hard disk. If you have formatted it alread, then you will have to delete the existing partitions on your new drive and create a brand new partion and then install the OS.
this makes it much simpler and less prone to installing your os on the wrong drive.