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Best way to keep using old hard drive?
05-30-2014, 10:14 AM
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Best way to keep using old hard drive?
I have an old hard drive from a laptop that gave out. I already had most of the important files backed up and was able to recover the rest by putting it into a USB enclosure. But I'd still like to use it because it has Windows XP, and some of my games don't run on Windows 7 (which is installed on my current computer).

What's the best way to set up my computer so I can boot to whichever hard drive I want to use? Alternatively, is there a good way to copy the entire old drive to a partition on my new computer? I don't have a preference between an external drive and a partition, as long as it works.

Thanks!!

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05-30-2014, 10:29 AM
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well cleaning the data from the drive and using it as a data storage would be a good choice as, booting from a compromised drive is not a good option.
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05-30-2014, 10:32 AM
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There's no safe way to get your XP partition from your old drive into a partition on your new drive. Also, if you did that, either XP would not show at all or Windows 7 would fail to boot and make both partitions useless, since Windows Bootloaders are only compatible with older versions (Ie XP can't use 7's bootloader, but 7 can use XP's) My advice is that if you have a desktop, get the old drive in there and see if you can run the XP using AHCI mode from the BIOS screen (unlikely unless the XP is x64, which is also unlikely in the first place). If not, then you'd be better off just looking for legacy parts to build an old computer for gaming. Newer systems aren't very nice to XP. I too have had to deal with leaving XP behind. But there's usually a way to get old games to run on 7 anyways. Sorry bro.

Also, as for booting via USB, that wont work since halfway through the boot sequence, Windows loads its own USB drivers, resetting all USB devices, including the external drive itself. The result is a failed boot, and is pretty much impossible.

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