Boot Drives, System Drives - Messy Upgrade Problem!

Posted: 03-25-2005, 03:07 PM
Is there a simple soloution to this?

I did a major upgrade to my PC - new 200G HDD to suppliment an existing 80G
drive. The 80G had been partitioned 15/60, with a Windows XP Home on the 20G
side.

The 200G was partitioned 110/40/40, and fearing my Program Files folder was
getting short on space within that 15G, I had committed one of the 40's to a
reinstall of XP (by installing XP onto the 200 while the 80 was not connected
to the motherboard).

Somehow I have ended up with the 15 as a boot drive, the 40 as a system
drive, so I tried an upgrade install - which did not ask where to install,
but it seems to have made no difference. I canot re-format either drive to
erase the install, and cannot re-nominate one or the other as both a system
and boot drive, to allow me to erase the bad XP install and make use of the
space.

system is as follows:

bios: Award Software, Inc. ASUS P4S800MX ACPI BIOS Revision 1010
celeron 2.4g
256M Ram
200G HDD
80G HDD
DVD-RW
CD-RW

any advice or diagnosis greatly appreciated; the whole thing works - but is,
quite frankly a dog's breakfast - coming from a rebuild I had wanted a nice
clean config, but just have a rats nest.

thanks

sj

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Boot Drives, System Drives - Messy Upgrade Problem!


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george
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Re: Boot Drives, System Drives - Messy Upgrade Problem!
Posted: 03-25-2005, 03:25 PM

"jukebox" <jukebox@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:6437E084-DEA0-48CA-A264-9E39743512D4@microsoft.com...
> Is there a simple soloution to this?
>
> I did a major upgrade to my PC - new 200G HDD to suppliment an existing
> 80G
> drive. The 80G had been partitioned 15/60, with a Windows XP Home on the
> 20G
> side.
>
> The 200G was partitioned 110/40/40, and fearing my Program Files folder
> was
> getting short on space within that 15G, I had committed one of the 40's to
> a
> reinstall of XP (by installing XP onto the 200 while the 80 was not
> connected
> to the motherboard).
>
> Somehow I have ended up with the 15 as a boot drive, the 40 as a system
> drive, so I tried an upgrade install - which did not ask where to install,
> but it seems to have made no difference. I canot re-format either drive to
> erase the install, and cannot re-nominate one or the other as both a
> system
> and boot drive, to allow me to erase the bad XP install and make use of
> the
> space.
>
> system is as follows:
>
> bios: Award Software, Inc. ASUS P4S800MX ACPI BIOS Revision 1010
> celeron 2.4g
> 256M Ram
> 200G HDD
> 80G HDD
> DVD-RW
> CD-RW
>
> any advice or diagnosis greatly appreciated; the whole thing works - but
> is,
> quite frankly a dog's breakfast - coming from a rebuild I had wanted a
> nice
> clean config, but just have a rats nest.
>
> thanks
>
> sj
>
> --
> "The dream is always the same...."

Just my take on this.
Going by the premiss that your 200GB is a newly installed baby, it's
probably not yet too committed to anything and that your 80GB drive still
holds the 'official' OS and data you started out with.
I also go by the assumption (lacking info) that you do not have any
particular reason to be partinioning, other than seperating OS and Data.
Given that sscenario I would do the following.
Get a disk imaging solution. (TrueImage, Drive Image, etc.)
Image your 80Gb (both partitions seperately!) onto the 200GB.
Having done that, image yout old OS partition (ie. the 15GB) back onto the
80GB drive, resizing the partition in the process, giving you an 80GB OS
partition with plenty of growth for Program Files.
Temporarily Copy your imagefile of the second partition back onto the now
80GB disk so you can use it in the next step.
Now image this partition onto the 200GB and resize the partition to the full
disk in the process.
Now change the My Documents properties to point to the 200GB disk to contain
all your data.

It's a rough idea, but maybe it helps in the thought-process.

george


Colin Barnhorst
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Re: Boot Drives, System Drives - Messy Upgrade Problem!
Posted: 03-25-2005, 06:16 PM
I would simplify further. I would end up with an 80GB system drive and a
200 GB data drive, no partitions, and let the OS take care of itself with
defaults.

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"george" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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>
> "jukebox" <jukebox@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:6437E084-DEA0-48CA-A264-9E39743512D4@microsoft.com...
>> Is there a simple soloution to this?
>>
>> I did a major upgrade to my PC - new 200G HDD to suppliment an existing
>> 80G
>> drive. The 80G had been partitioned 15/60, with a Windows XP Home on the
>> 20G
>> side.
>>
>> The 200G was partitioned 110/40/40, and fearing my Program Files folder
>> was
>> getting short on space within that 15G, I had committed one of the 40's
>> to a
>> reinstall of XP (by installing XP onto the 200 while the 80 was not
>> connected
>> to the motherboard).
>>
>> Somehow I have ended up with the 15 as a boot drive, the 40 as a system
>> drive, so I tried an upgrade install - which did not ask where to
>> install,
>> but it seems to have made no difference. I canot re-format either drive
>> to
>> erase the install, and cannot re-nominate one or the other as both a
>> system
>> and boot drive, to allow me to erase the bad XP install and make use of
>> the
>> space.
>>
>> system is as follows:
>>
>> bios: Award Software, Inc. ASUS P4S800MX ACPI BIOS Revision 1010
>> celeron 2.4g
>> 256M Ram
>> 200G HDD
>> 80G HDD
>> DVD-RW
>> CD-RW
>>
>> any advice or diagnosis greatly appreciated; the whole thing works - but
>> is,
>> quite frankly a dog's breakfast - coming from a rebuild I had wanted a
>> nice
>> clean config, but just have a rats nest.
>>
>> thanks
>>
>> sj
>>
>> --
>> "The dream is always the same...."
>
>
> Just my take on this.
> Going by the premiss that your 200GB is a newly installed baby, it's
> probably not yet too committed to anything and that your 80GB drive still
> holds the 'official' OS and data you started out with.
> I also go by the assumption (lacking info) that you do not have any
> particular reason to be partinioning, other than seperating OS and Data.
> Given that sscenario I would do the following.
> Get a disk imaging solution. (TrueImage, Drive Image, etc.)
> Image your 80Gb (both partitions seperately!) onto the 200GB.
> Having done that, image yout old OS partition (ie. the 15GB) back onto the
> 80GB drive, resizing the partition in the process, giving you an 80GB OS
> partition with plenty of growth for Program Files.
> Temporarily Copy your imagefile of the second partition back onto the now
> 80GB disk so you can use it in the next step.
> Now image this partition onto the 200GB and resize the partition to the
> full disk in the process.
> Now change the My Documents properties to point to the 200GB disk to
> contain all your data.
>
> It's a rough idea, but maybe it helps in the thought-process.
>
> george
>

 
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