Can I make my current C: drive a slave?

  Efkay 10:37 12 May 2008

My PC is currently playing up bigtime (when I switch on XP Pro loads as normal, but when it gets to the desktop, only my selected background photo displays - there are no icons nor Task Bar!!), so ......

If I physically remove the troublesome C: drive then fit a new replacement HDD, which I'll format and reload Windows, can I susequently fit the old C: drive as a slave? The idea behind this is to copy across data from the old HDD to the new one, which seems a quicker way to backup stuff without having to burn loads of DVDs.

Am only able to run in Safe Mode at the moment - Windows can't even restore successfully!

  OK Computer 10:39 12 May 2008

Short answer...yes!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:13 12 May 2008

Repair XP by install over the top of existing system

1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.

DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).

4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.

5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.

6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.

Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

Repair XP
click here

  Efkay 14:34 12 May 2008

The 'repair install' option was one I did consider, but despite having an up to date Panda Internet Security program, both it and now other online anti-virus scanners keep finding viruses (Virtumond) and other spyware which I can't seem to get rid of, so I think a reformat is the only real option.

I doubt whether the 'repair install' would clean up those areas of my PC where these spyware trojans etc are hiding. Please correct me if I'm wrong! Virtumond for example is actually in C:\recyclers and I cannot delete it.

I'd rather be outside enjoying some sunshine right now!! Computers - who'd 'ave em!!

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