I have 5 internal HDD's installed;
- HDD 1 IDE partitioned into C (OS) [Pri], I [Logic]
- HDD 2 IDE partitioned into F (Programs) Pri, G (Games) [Logic]
- HDD 3 SATA partition H (Empty) [Pri]
- HDD 4 SATA partition J (Backup) [Pri]
- HDD 5 SATA partition V (Video) [Pri]
I am running Windows XP SP3 - it's an older computer I use when needed - and having an issue that is baffling me.
I want to remove the SATA HDD 3 (H) to use it in another computer for installing Windows 7 OS. I have removed all data and reformatted the drive, leaving an active partition on it (so I can install the OS on the other computer). However, after I turn off the WinXP computer and remove the HDD, upon restarting my user profile is reset. Upon attempting a System Restore, I am informed that since the "H:" drive is missing, it will not be able to reset all preferences. I tried anyway, and it didn't restore my settings. Any ideas?
I use the Windows XP machine as workhorse for when I have computer issues on other machines, or between builds/rebuilds/upgrades. I'm no expert, more of a dabbler, but I can figure out most problems with a little research, and lots of patience. I appreciate any assistance, suggestions, or answers provided. Please be as verbose and descriptive as possible. Thanks.