#1
There's a lot of crap on my hard drive in my desktop, and it's not very big, so I was thinking of replacing it with something like a 100-200 GB hard drive and use the desktop for recording. If I put in a new hard drive and didn't keep the old one in it, would I need a new operating system for it too? I'm not sure how OSs work.
#3
if there's not that much on the old one, your best bet would probably be just to clone it onto the new one.
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#4
If you install it as a Slave hard drive, then you can keep the OS on the master hard drive. I'm not kidding they are called that. The slave hard drive is usually placed under the master in the space where you want to install it.
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#7
You basically have two options, you either reinstall, and copy over what ever important stuff you have and lose a lot of stuff (settings etc.), OR you clone your old hard drive to your new one.

Cloning is relatively simple, but you'd need a Norton Ghost bootdisk or something similar.
And another thing, if you do decide to clone, make sure that after the disk is cloned, you remove your old disk before you start up, otherwise you could run in to some trouble.

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If you install it as a Slave hard drive, then you can keep the OS on the master hard drive. I'm not kidding they are called that. The slave hard drive is usually placed under the master in the space where you want to install it.

I'd be careful doing that, even when setting it as master and slave like that, you can often run in to problems, also have to make sure the boot priorities are set correctly in the BIOS. But yeah, if he installs the new disk first, then afterwards adds the old drive he can copy everything.
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#10
I would recommend the master/slave approach to be honest, if you have enough space in your case for 2 disks. It's not that complicated a thing to set up, all you need to do is twiddle the jumpers and possibly fiddle the BIOS a touch, and that way you get to use the whole of the new disk for new stuff.
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#11
ghost write that thing, my roomate actually just used this method to upgrade the hard disk in his laptop. It does cost some money though unfortunately.

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Yes. The OS is installed on the hard drive as with any other peice of software.


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If you install it as a Slave hard drive, then you can keep the OS on the master hard drive. I'm not kidding they are called that. The slave hard drive is usually placed under the master in the space where you want to install it.


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