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My old 500GB hard drive started to have bad sectors and is slowly going down. So, I bought a new 1TB Seagate drive. I first attached the 500GB drive as the first primary drive and installed Windows. I want Windows boot loader to be placed in the old drive so it won't conflict with my Linux system. But the actual Windows OS (including C drive) is placed on my new hard drive.

After this, I attached the new drive as the primary and installed Linux. Now if I want to reinstall Windows, I can do it without any issues by simply setting the old drive as the primary. So the Linux system will be untouched.

Questions:

  • Is it a good idea to set it up like this?
  • Will the old degrading drive have an impact on the new one?
  • The old drive is slower than the new one. Won't I be able to get the maximum speed out of the new drive even when it's used to install everything (including the OS)?
  • When I ran the Windows Experience Index, I was using the old drive as primary. Did it get the hard drive ratings from the old drive? What if I run it now with the new drive as the primary?
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If only the boot sector is on the old drive, there is no performance impact on your new drive. –  user3463 Oct 23 '12 at 16:12
    
Another thing... when I ran the Windows Experience Index, I was using the old drive as the primary. Did it got the hard drive ratings from the old drive? What if I run it now with the new drive as the primary? –  EApubs Oct 23 '12 at 16:54
    
@EApubs Thanks for the accept. Feel free to upvote if you feel it's good information –  Canadian Luke Nov 21 '12 at 18:39

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When bad sectors are being reported, you can't trust the information to be safe on the hard drive anymore. I would recommend JUST using the new hard drive, and backing up what ever data you can from the old 500GB drive. There is no point in keeping it, as it will go belly up

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If your old drive dies, you end up with a corrupted bootloader, which could be an issue depending on your skills.

Other than that, there will be no impact.

Try running the WEI again, shouldnt make any difference though

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