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Old 07-11-2005, 02:02 PM   #1
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Seems like this should be a question I shouldnt need to ask, but for some reason I cant get my mind around it. I have a hard drive designated as Master with XP installed. If I want to add a second hard drive and designate it as Slave (will be on the same IDE), do I have to install XP on that hard drive as well. Never had 2 hard drives before and not surte how that works. If I have XP on the master will the slave automatically work? Do I need to format or anything?

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Old 07-11-2005, 06:09 PM   #2
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You don't have to install XP on the slave drive. All you have to do is format it and put a partition on it if you want it to show up as another drive. The drive preparation software which comes with the hard disk includes a program which takes care of the formatting and partioning. If you got an OEM drive (no software) then you can download the program from the maker of the hard disk. It's a very simple process. You just click next a couple of times and the program takes care of everything for you. About the only decision you have to make is how to partition the drive if you want it to be broken up into more than one partition so it shows up as multiple volumes. I think you can also carry out the same operations from the disk management tools built into the administrative tools included with Windows XP but the program which comes with the hard disk is so simple that most people just use it.
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