I had Windows XP installed (on C:), an optical drive as D: and a small (160GB) second hard drive with data on it as E:. Drive C: recently crashed and I have disconnected it.
I would like to install Windows XP onto the second hard drive (~50GB free) without formatting it. Will the Windows installer allow me to do this without formatting the drive? I searched for an answer to this, but was not able to find anything conclusive.
My other alternative is to create a (second) partition on the drive with Parted Magic. That will take a long time and potentially places the existing data there at risk. I have used Parted Magic before and am confident it will work, but moving 90GB of data around to make space for a new partition is a big step to take if Windows can be installed on the drive without it removing the existing data.
What's my best option?