2 completely independent hard drives

I currently have one SATA drive running Windows XP.

I want to take the IDE drive out of my old computer and install it into my current computer. Can I have these drives operate as mutually exclusive entities and choose which one to boot on start up?

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  1. Yes, except for the fact that all the drivers on your old computer are not likely same as new one.

    Do this:

    1. Disconnect HD cable in new PC
    2. Yank HD outta old PC, install in new PC.
    3. Format and do fresh install of OS on old HD in new PC
    4. Disconnect old HD, connect new HD and boot.
    5. Connect old HD, go into BIOS and pick what HD you wanna boot from by changing boot order priority
  2. Thanks!

    So I have to format the IDE disk first in order for this to work properly (so I have the correct drivers on that disk like you said)?

    Also, when I'm working off of one disk, will the other disk not be recieving any power and remain dormant?
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