How to convert slave hard drive to primary hard drive Tags: How To Hard Drives HD Windows XP Last response: October 13, 2009 8:40 PM in Windows XP Share eddie189 October 13, 2009 1:46:45 AM current HD going bad, have second HD installed and using as back but now i need to make the second HD my primary, can i do this without having to reformat in order to add booting files? help More about : convert slave hard drive primary hard drive | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove ukcal October 13, 2009 7:16:42 PM eddie189 said:current HD going bad, have second HD installed and using as back but now i need to make the second HD my primary, can i do this without having to reformat in order to add booting files? help Two things, first of all have you installed to the second HDD or cloned the original HDD to the new one? Secondly, are your hard-drives IDE or SATA? | Report abuse aford10 October 13, 2009 8:40:14 PM The easiest way to do it would be to back up your files and do a fresh install on the backup drive. You could use something like partition magic to make a partition, and then install windows on that partiton. | Report abuse Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Windows XP>How to convert slave hard drive to primary hard drive> Related ressources: ForumSecond hard drive : primary slave or secondary master? ForumHow to convert my pc secondary hard drive to primary drive ForumCan't boot with IDE primary master and primary slave hard drives attac ForumReplace Primary Master Hard disk with Primary Slave ForumPrimary slave hard disk error ForumSimple and Free Guide to Removing Malware ForumHow do I make a Slave to a Primary Drive ? ForumHow to boot Windows XP from the primary slave IDE channel ForumHow to set SSD as primary hard drive ? ForumLost Primary Slave Drive ForumHow can Imake my hard drive my primary ide master ForumMaking new SSD my primary hard drive (New Rig) ForumComputer Problem ( Secondary ( Slave ) (IDE) Hard Drive ) Keeps deactivat ForumHooking up old computer's internal hard drive to new computer as slave ForumHELP!!! Please with Windows XP Forum500 GB hard drive, single user ForumMy data in hard disk ForumWindows backup does not see my usb 2 0 external hard drive ForumHow to avoid to begin click your user name ForumHow do i change the detailed properties of my music More resources Read discussions in other Windows XP categories Configuration Customization Drivers Security Video !