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December 13, 2003 9:12:12 PM

Season Greetings to all at Tom's hardware

I am getting a new computer. Specs are below. I would like to take out my old drives from the Compaq and put them in the new machine.
The problem is this. The new computer comes with Windows XP Home. XP Professional is still on one of the old drives.. Is there going to be a conflict? Can Windows/Home deal with three hard drives without the addition of a controller card? Is the 300w power supply in the new computer enough to handle 360 gigs total of the three drives if I can get the in there with no conflict? Do I need to remove the operating system from the old drive to prevent conflict and how do I do that without losing the animation and movies I have? I can't remove the OS while the drives are in the Compaq and if there is going to be a conflict in the new machine then I cannot do it there either.
I would like to set up 4 partitions on the new drive using the 160 gig as master and the two 100 gig drives as slave. How do I partition an already OS installed hard drive so that I have OS in the first, secondary software in the second and so on? I have no idea if a proprietary disk will arrive with the computer(its a gift) or if it will have just a recovery disk. If the first is the case then I can just reformat and use Partition magic(#7) to install the partitions and then reinstall the operating system.
Your help please. I will take as many suggestions as you can give. Thanks in advance. Zholla.



New PC

# Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
# AMD Athlon™ 64-bit Processor 3200+* Learn More
# Hypertransport™ Technology (1600MHz Bus)
# 1GB PC2700 DDR Memory Learn More
# 160GB† 7200RPM Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive
# CD-RW / DVD-RW Drive w/ Ulead VideoStudio 6 Learn More
# Realtek® Integrated Audio
# 128MB ATI® RADEON 9200 SE AGP 8x Video Card
# 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet Adapter Learn More
# 56K v.92 Send/Receive Fax Modem
# 6 in 1 Digital Media Reader
# USB 2.0 and FireWire Interfaces!
# Systemax® Internet Keyboard w/ Optical Mouse



Old PC
Windows XP Professional
Chassis Serial Number: 3D1AJXDV400Z Processor a Main Circuit Board b 1.70 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
8 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: Compaq 077Ch
Serial Number: 3D1AJXDV400Z
Bus Clock: 400 megahertz
BIOS: Compaq 686Y2 v3.04 07/29/2002 Drives Memory Modules c,d 200.05 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
24.89 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

COMPAQ DVD-ROM GD-8000 [CD-ROM drive]
Hekko Virtual CD [CD-ROM drive]
LG CD-RW CED-8120B [CD-ROM drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

WDC WD1000BB-00CAA1 [Hard drive] (100.03 GB) -- drive 1, s/n WD-WMA8C2295275, rev 17.07W17,
WDC WD1000BB-60CCB0 [Hard drive] (100.03 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WMA9P1324923, rev 22.04A22, Status:
Healthy 768 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'XMM1' has 256 MB (serial number 00B0E338)
Slot 'XMM2' has 256 MB (serial number 02326E34)
Slot 'XMM3' has 256 MB (serial number 02326A34) Local Drive Volumes
Controllers Display Standard floppy disk controller
Intel(r) 82801BA Bus Master IDE Controller
Primary IDE Channel [Controller]
Secondary IDE Channel [Controller] RADEON 9200 SE [Display adapter]
RADEON 9200 SE - Secondary [Display adapter]
Default Monitor
IBM G94 [Monitor] (17.7"vis, s/n 23-18942, May 1998) Bus Adapters Multimedia Intel(r) 82801BA/BAM USB Universal Host Controller - 2442
Intel(r) 82801BA/BAM USB Universal Host Controller - 2444 SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio Communications Other Devices PCTEL Platinum V.90 Modem
1394 Net Adapter
Intel(R) PRO/100 VM Network Connection
Network Card MAC Address: 00:02:A5:D 6:9D:6F
Network IP Address: 66.108.8.249 / 21 Texas Instruments OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
PS/2 Compatible Mouse
USB Root Hub
USB Root Hub

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December 13, 2003 10:29:35 PM

Wow, that is definately a weak new PC. To begin with the A64-3200+ would be better matched to PC3200 memory. The video card is extremely weak, in fact it's slower than an 3 year old Radeon 8500. I guess it would be a decent computer for, say, $800 though. I mean, the company has to make money off it.

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