Installing additional SCSI hard drives in a W2K-Pro system


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henriJ

My existing SCSI hard drive (HD) is too small. I have a much larger new
HD and want to install it as my main HD while retaining my existing HD
for file storage use only.

The mechanical part of the SCSI HD installation is well understood and
although I have back-ups of all of my OS files and programs, I have no
problem with doing a clean reinstall of W2K-Pro and all programs on the
new, main, HD.

My problem is this: Can I simply manually erase all of the existing
W2K-Pro OS files (they are all in a fairly small 'C' partition) on my
existing HD while leaving all of the data files in place (in other
partitions) and then fire up the rearranged system with both HDs? My
assumption is that I would have to use W2K-Pro's Disk Manager to
manually change the drive letters on the old HD after rearranging the
system or would the drive letters on the old HD sort themselves out
automatically?

Thanks for any and all comments and advice.
 
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Bogwitch

henriJ said:
My existing SCSI hard drive (HD) is too small. I have a much larger new
HD and want to install it as my main HD while retaining my existing HD
for file storage use only.

The mechanical part of the SCSI HD installation is well understood and
although I have back-ups of all of my OS files and programs, I have no
problem with doing a clean reinstall of W2K-Pro and all programs on the
new, main, HD.

My problem is this: Can I simply manually erase all of the existing
W2K-Pro OS files (they are all in a fairly small 'C' partition) on my
existing HD while leaving all of the data files in place (in other
partitions) and then fire up the rearranged system with both HDs? My
assumption is that I would have to use W2K-Pro's Disk Manager to
manually change the drive letters on the old HD after rearranging the
system or would the drive letters on the old HD sort themselves out
automatically?

Thanks for any and all comments and advice.

Henri,

Your best bet would be to install the new HDD at ID0 and leave the old
HDD out until you've installed the OS. Once the OS is installed, connect
the original HDD at ID1. If you connect the original HDD at ID1 before
you install the OS, Win2k installer will spot your original partitions.
It will give you a clear option to install into the partition you
require but may assign a drive letter to each of the existing partitions
on your old HDD before assigning one to your new HDD. While this is not
necessarily a problem, it can be a little strange to get used to having
your boot partition labelled something other than C:

HTH,

Bogwitch.
 
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paulmd

Bogwitch said:
Henri,

Your best bet would be to install the new HDD at ID0 and leave the old
HDD out until you've installed the OS. Once the OS is installed, connect
the original HDD at ID1. If you connect the original HDD at ID1 before
you install the OS, Win2k installer will spot your original partitions.
It will give you a clear option to install into the partition you
require but may assign a drive letter to each of the existing partitions
on your old HDD before assigning one to your new HDD. While this is not
necessarily a problem, it can be a little strange to get used to having
your boot partition labelled something other than C:

Actually, having the boot partition be other than C: often IS a
problem. Some programs' installers are hard coded to C, and worse, have
internal hard coded references to C. Driver self-installers in
particular. AVG anti-virus is one I know for sure has issues if drive
C is not present [or C is present, but not a hard drive]. (bitches
eternally about harddisk not ready)
 

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