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installing windows on 2 harddrives
maj81 Feb-21-01 11:00 AM
How would it be possible to install windows 98 SE on two harddrives. I have two harddrives, C and D. I already have windows 98 SE installed on drive c but would like it to be installed on drive D also so if drive c messes up, i will be able to use drive d instead. Can anyone tell me how to go about this procedure.


1. RE: installing windows on 2 harddrives
lbyard Feb-21-01 07:38 PM
In response to message 0
There are programs such as Partition Magic (http://www.powerquest.com/), BootWizard Pro 4.0 (http://www.acronis.com/en/products/bwp40/index.html), and Norton Ghost (http://www.symantec.com/sabu/ghost/ghost_personal/), to name three, that can copy an exact image (oís and 1ís) of a partition on one drive to another. These partition management programs are designed for technically proficient PC users and can go awry. I would use MS Backup, which comes with Windows and may need to be installed (http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/software/windows/winme/backup/index.html) to make two backups of critical data before attempting it. Do it at your own risk. Larry

2. RE: installing windows on 2 harddrives
deerslayer Feb-26-01 07:13 PM
In response to message 1
I also beleive that most hard drives come with a floppy that lets you make a copy of an existing hard drive.

I am experimenting with ghost. I also have lost gigs of info using ms backup. Said it backed up sucessfully, went to restore, wouldn't restore info. and lost TONS of music and saved files.

3. RE: installing windows on 2 harddrives
lbyard Feb-26-01 07:40 PM
In response to message 2
Overall, I have had good luck with MS Backup. But... once in a while I've seen a hard disk develop a bad spot right in the middle of a backup file. Thatís why I make two backups of critical data. The problem that MS Backup has with a full restore of Windows is that it combines the Windows Registry of the Windows installed to run the restore with the Registry in the backup, and that can cause problems. I have also seen image copy programs fail. Western Digitalís software will copy an image of an old drive to a new one, but it is a rather basic program with little flexibility. Larry

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