I am considering a new PC (Dell Dimensions 4700, 3.0 P4, 512 DDR2....super deal...can't build it this cheap). I have some questions about what I can do with my current hard drive that has everthing on it!
My curent HD is an older (4-6 years?) IDE 40 GB drive. The new PC will have a SATA drive. My questions are:
I suppose I can pop the old one in the new PC... will running the old IDE drive and the new, 7200 rpm drive off of SATA force the computer to slow down the faster SATA drive to compensate for the IDE drive?
Since this old drive will have my "old" Windows XP on it, and the new computer will have the "new" Windows XP on it, will the computer go nuts with both drives with XP in there, or will it just ignore the XP on the old drive as long as it's the slave? Should I then delete the old XP or will it be too "intertwined"? Do I make the old drive the "slave" by some jumper on it, something in BIOS, or someway by cables (don't think so since one is SATA and one IDE!)?
I know there are things I can just transfer over to the new drive, like pictures, songs, etc, but with applications like Word, and other installed applications, wouldn't "copy and pasting" to the new HD possibly cause some problems since they won't be "installed" on the new HD, and registry values, etc, could be all messed up?
Sorry for all the annoying and simple questions...I'm sort of new to all of this, obviously.