hello all i wanted to install a extra 80gb ide hd i have for backup purposes, my current system has 2 80gb hd's in raid 0 on a pci controller card. my old 80gb has windows xp on it from a old system. if i just install the old 80gb as primary master or secondary master on IDE will it try to boot from the IDE hd first before the hd's in raid 0? i don't want to dual boot at all, i just want to get into my desktop so i can format the old 80gb hd and just use it as a second drive letter for periodical backups. would i need to change the "Hard Drive" boot option in the bios to "None" before i do this or can i just hook it up and it will bott from my raid 0 hd's as normal and i can just go into "Disk Management" in xp to format the old hd?
ideally i just want it to be like this when i am done,
C: my current hd's in raid 0
D: the old 80gb hd, so i can just copy files from the C: drive and paste it here for backup
E: my dvd-rw drive
i went into my bios and am unsure what boot order to set it to with the new additional hd installed. the bios offers the following options to boot from:
my controller card is a pci, and my motherboard is a asus a7n8x-deluxe. any thoughts on what i need to set it to so it continues to boot from my raid-0 and not the additional ide 80gb hd (which has xp installed from a old pc). i just want to get into my desktop and format that drive so it's just a addtional drive letter for storage, no programs, or os, etc.
would this work, i set the first boot device to floppy, second boot device to none (right now for some reason it is set to hdd-0), third boot device to cd-rom. would that automatically make it skip trying to boot from the old 80gb ide hd and go straight to my raid array? or should i set it to boot from scsi? not sure if that will work since my controller card is pci.
ok, i set the boot order to floopy, scsi, and cd-rom and other boot device was enabled and all went well thanks! i had another question about the 80gb now that it is installed when i go try to format it, it asks me if i want it as a primary or extended partition. if i just want it as a blank full 80gb drive space so i can just copy and paste files there for backups which would i select? if i set it to primary does that mean the pc will see it as the main hd over the raid array or is that just a primary partition just for that 80gb hd? sorry for all the questions