secondary hardrive

#1
I upgraded from xp. I have a primary and secondary in my pc, when i upgraded the secondary is no where to be found in my computer, i can still see it in devices, but there are no useful options for it. how can i read it, without having to reformat?
 


reghakr

Essential Member
#2
An upgrade is not the route to take. It leaves useless files on your system and can cause conflicts.

Save all you Documents, Pictures, contacts, videos, music, etc to a flash drive,

Be aware, you will need to re-insatllall your 3rd party applcations.

Then perform a "clean" insatll.
 


Saltgrass

Excellent Member
Microsoft Community Contributor
#3
Are you saying you have 2 hard drives, one with Windows 7 and one with XP? Are they SATA or PATA drives? Were both drives installed during the Windows 7 install?
 


#4
An upgrade is not the route to take. It leaves useless files on your system and can cause conflicts.

Save all you Documents, Pictures, contacts, videos, music, etc to a flash drive,

Be aware, you will need to re-insatllall your 3rd party applcations.

Then perform a "clean" insatll.
Can he upgrade from XP?
 


#5
I upgraded from xp. I have a primary and secondary in my pc, when i upgraded the secondary is no where to be found in my computer, i can still see it in devices, but there are no useful options for it. how can i read it, without having to reformat?

What shows in your bios under hard drives? Is the missing drive a Seagate 7200.11 ?

What happens if you shutdown and unplug the one that is working? Missing OS or no drive found?


Since you had XP you couldn't do a direct upgrade.. did you use system transfer?
 


reghakr

Essential Member
#6
Yes you have to perform an upgrade with XP.

I van;t locate It, but it was a Stickey by Mike,.
 


#7
Yes you have to perform an upgrade with XP.
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Doesn't xp require a clean install? Only Vista upgrades... right?

I know an upgrade version will work based on seeing xp has been installed.. but I don't think it imports any system settings, software, personal files, photos, documents, etc. It's really a clean install isn't it?
 


reghakr

Essential Member
#8
Now even I'm getting confused:confused:

This is a direct copy from Mike's post:

If you are on Windows XP and planning to UPGRADE...

YOU MUST DO A CLEAN INSTALL. There is no upgrade path.
There are user migration tools you can use, but you will need to backup your files and do a clean install. I have seen several threads about this and just want to clarify.

The upgrade from Windows Vista is a valid upgrade path, but Windows XP to Windows 7 is not
 


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