I talked to my instructor for a few minutes today in my pc tech class. First of all, I don't know HOW I did it but my Windows copy is from a Dell computer that my parents have. He said he's surprised as **** that it even registered and worked right. He said to me don't bet on it happening again. He also told me that he wasn't aware that Serial drives "like" partitioning or not.
The more I thought about it the more in doubt I got about holding onto windows. I am a die hard Linux fan, but I just wanted windows for the sake of having it in case I would come across a program that would be "un-runable" in windows.
Also... I was flipping through my pc tech book and I came across something. I found a serial ata drive section taling about how to connect it, and the power connector jolted my memory for a second. When I built my computer, I decided to wire-tie the serial ata HDD connectors and stuff them behind the back panel of my case so they were completely out of the way, because I didn't have serial drives or need them at the time. So with them being out of the way, I forgot them. Here's the kicker... my serial drives also have a 4 pin regular psu connector on them, which I used when I attempted to install the operating systems (xp + ubuntu linux) on them.
Anyway, I hope I didn't create any damage. He explained to me the serial connector runs the drives smoother and more efficient without any "power jolting" as he called it. But when I go home tonight I'm going to do a fresh format and try this again.
THIS TIME AROUND, what should I do?
I have a CD key for XP... should I just try downloading it somewhere? If I get a hold of XP, should I install that as the first partition? Should I even bother with partitioning? Also the purpose of this is to set up a raid 1 mirror format. Does XP support that? Can I mirror a hard drive with a 30 gig XP partition + 220 gig Linux partition? I'm just lost and full of questions...
Simple yet unrelated question - Is there any way I can copy every single little thing from an IDE drive and copy it to a serial drive? Is that what you call ghosting? How is it done, if it's possible?
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