I’ve got winXP SP2 running on a 300g Seagate drive, partioned 50/50 into two drives, both with NTFS on them.
I now want to add in another drive, a 200g Maxtor and I’m seeking advice as to options and best course.
Both SATA drives.
It’s now in the machine and recognised by the BIOS and by Windows disk management but doesn’t show up in the explorer because it is not yet initialised.
I read another thread here where the poster advised against using windows dynamic disk management tools. I was all set to go ahead using Windows disk management but this new ‘dynamic disk’ stuff seems to be the only option now.
Is there some problem with this? Should I avoid letting windows set up this drive for me?
If I don’t do it with the built in Windows tools, how do I do it - i.e. what else will recognise and format drives of this size?
I didn’t really want the NTFS on the boot partition of my system drive, XP just did it to me or I failed to see the option when presented. What thoughts does anyone have about having an NTFS boot partition? It’s a good idea? Bad idea? Doesn’t matter?
I’m really thinking of swapping them around and have the new one as a 200g system disk and the old one as 300g of data space. Would this be a hassle to do? Would it be a weak setup - given XP can’t see 200g until SP2 ?