Which hard drive to use?

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Member Since: Sep 21, 2004

My computer only has a 20 gig hd, so i went out and i got a 160 gig hd. I would like to set up my computer how it was described in the "Creating a Dual Boot XP Installation" so that i can have one setting for normal use, and one setting strictly for audio recording. I think I can use both hd's, so my question is, should I use them both, or just replace the old with the new...and if i do use them both, then how would i partition the drive to get to seperate boots?...and which drive would be used to boot from?

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Sep 22, 2004 05:48 am

the double boot thing can be problematic, it has been for many people here, and could prove to be of limited value. I would suggest you would get more benefit by having a single boot system (and try for dual if you really need to) and use the 20GB for the system and 160 for all your audio storage.

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Since: May 28, 2004

Sep 22, 2004 09:50 am

yeah dont dual boot...

I had a 20 also...went out and got an 80 for the time being.

When I build mine it will go 60GB for applications and programs. Then a 200GB for recording storage.

It's a given that the big audio files sizes need a bigger 'closet'. The 160 should be ok for a while if you strictly use it for audio. IF it starts to get full hopefully by that time you'll be in th market for and external HD to archive some old stuff that you won't need to access for a while in order to free up more room in the 160 down the road.

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Since: May 11, 2002

Sep 22, 2004 12:24 pm

It's also my understanding that a dual boot XP system violates the EULA

"1.1 Installation and use. You may install, use, access, display and run one copy of the Software on a single computer, such as a workstation, terminal or other device ("Workstation Computer"). The Software may not be used by more than one processor at any one time on any single Workstation Computer."

So dual processors are out too apparently...

I think Windoze Media Player 10 states something along the lines of you use this product for it's intended purpose you are in violation of it's EULA :) but I can't find it...

Since: Jan 08, 2004

Sep 22, 2004 01:45 pm

I use dual boot a nd it works fine. NEVER had a problem and in fact it saved my butt when I downloaded SP2 and my main OS wouldn't boot.

Eat Spam before it eats YOU!!!
Since: May 11, 2002

Sep 22, 2004 05:42 pm

lemme guess... the main OS was the first one you installed... every time you install XP you have to contact microsoft and submit your OEM number and geta uhh...I'll term in installation number... the socond OS is what they would have records on so upon installing SP2 they would have noticed something was up and killed the older installiation... because upon accepting the SP2 EULA you gave MS root access and permission to do so.

You have to remember, Microsoft is mean.

Since: Jan 08, 2004

Sep 22, 2004 10:19 pm

No, I have Windows xp pro Corporate version. I don't use the second partition on the internet and keep it free of everything but recording software. It was hanging and before it was done installing the files for sp2 I turned it off thinking it was just frozen. upon reboot nothing worked except my 2nd installation on the other partition. So I gathered the files that I wanted from the other partition and reformatted the 1st partition. Then when that was done installed everything to the way it was before sp2 was intalled and that's the way I'll keep it!

Since: Sep 21, 2004

Sep 23, 2004 01:30 am

What if I use the 160 gig (partitioned) as my boot drive, and use the 20 gig as a backup of my system files for the 160?

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