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  1. Looks like I got it all sorted out (mostly). I do have a question though. I unplugged the drive I've been using and partitioned the new drive and put my OS on it. So the OS is now on C: and the 2nd partition is E: me thinks. I've been going back and forth between the drives depending on if the wife needs to use it or not since the new drive has only an OS at this point. To do so, I've been shutting down, unplugging one drive and plugging in the other, then rebooting. Can I leave them both plugged in at this point and reboot with the BIOS pointing at the old trusty hard drive with everything on it? My only concern is that the old HD is named C: as well as the OS partition on the new HD. Will having 2 C: drives screw things up? Thanks for all the help. Almost there..... :tooth:
  2. OK, I just right clicked on My Computer and am going that route. Seems to be working so far.
  3. Instal CD as in the disk that came with Windows? I got an OEM version of the HD, so no disk with that....
  4. Well, I tried, but hit a roadblock right off the bat which I'm sure is a noob issue. I made my FDISK boot disk, which is the way I assume I'm supposed to do this, and booted into that. At the A: prompt, where I'm supposed to type FDISK, nothing happened. It wouldn't type. I assume this stems from me only having USB keyboards in the house or something. I can get into BIOS, but I can't do this. Sheesh. Ideas?
  5. OK, so when I get home tonight I'll give it a shot. Here is what is going through my head and I'm under the impression I can do: Starting with the 320GB HD, make maybe an 80GB partition for the OS/games/MS Office + other programs, and partition off the rest to be used as "My Documents"? Right now I have 2 years of computing on the 120GB HD. I could have it boot off the 320, and still access anything I need off the 120 until the transformation over to the 320 is complete. At that point, I could just use the 120 as an extended partition of sorts for the "My Documents" on the off chance the 320 fills up. Or, if that will take a couple years, I could just use Norton Ghost periodically to make the 120 a backup copy of the 320. When I make that 80GB partition, do I just leave it at that and the rest of the drive will be its own partition, or do I need to tell it to make the rest of the drive another partition? My understanding is the 2nd part of that question is the correct answer. Am I on base with all of this?
  6. If I installed my OS and games/applications on the same partition, I'd have to reinstall all of my games/applications each time I reinstalled Windows, right? Would I benefit from putting JUST the OS onto its own partition? Still reading, still learning.....
  7. How big does the OS partition need to be for XP?
  8. I mostly do Internet, gaming, and Excel based stuff. I've just been updating the computer for overall performance increases. I found a good deal on the bigger HD at Newegg and figured I'd get something a bit more technologically advanced than the old HDs I had. There is a noticable difference in numbers running HD Tach on each of them. So if I make a partition for the OS on the 320GB HD, will that allow me to reinstall Windows at a later date without having to back up everything else before doing so? I'm trying to read up on partitions so I can do something like that, but the amount of information is kind of overwhelming and is taking a while....
  9. I have the following hard drives and was wondering what my options are to get the best performance out of my system: - WD Caviar 40GB IDE (4MB cache) - WD Caviar 120GB IDE (8MB cache) - WD Caviar 320GB SATA2 (16MB cache) I don't know a heck of a lot about setting these up. Do I put everything on the SATA and just run that because it's faster? Do I put the OS on one and everything else on the other? Do I throw the 40GB in the garbage? Any help would be .... helpful I guess. :tooth:
  10. Looking in the overclocking database, most people just seem to leave it on auto.
  11. HTT? What do you have your "LDT/FSB Frequency Ratio" set at?
  12. I do have the AMD driver and dual core optimizer installed, and everything worked flawlessly until the heatsink switch. I don't know what I did differently, but Orthos and 3DMark05 sure don't like it. Everything else is acting like normal though. Odd. I uninstalled and reinstalled both of them and have the same results. I'm thinking about moving on with life and OCing it with the other benchmarks. If it can be 12 hour stable with Prime 95, run 3D03 and 06 fine, and run SuperPi, I guess that will have to work. I know it won't be "truly stable", I just don't know what to do about that.
  13. Update: I let it run overnight at stock settings (except for the RAM at DDR 500) with Prime 95 going on both cores. 12 hours and 16 minutes later, still no problems. I looked through the stuff that came with the Big Typhoon and saw some black metal washers. I removed the flimsy cloth-like red washers I had originally installed and replaced them with the black metal ones. I spun the nuts on until they made contact and then tightened them down alternating them 1/4 turn at a time until the heatsink didn't pivot at all on the CPU. Othos still crashes imediately (both versions I have of it) and 3DMark05 crases after the first test is complete. It's still Prime and SuperPi stable. The odd thing is, it runs 3DMark03 and 3DMark 06 all the way through and gives me a score. Help!!!! :sad:
  14. Well, when I put everything back together, the board didn't sit right until I realized I needed to remove the plastic CPU holder backing piece (sorry for getting too technical :tooth:), so the base of the metal screws are below the motherboard. The standoffs should keep them from touching the case I'd imagine though since the stock plastic piece used the metal screws in the same location. To see if it is a RAM issue, I put the DRAM frequency at 250 with everything else at stock speed database settings. This should run the RAM at DDR 500 which is what it's rated for. It's nearly done with the Super Pi 32M test without issue. I might try to put the old HSF back on this weekend some time to see if the problem originated with my Big Typhoon. :mad:
  15. I had my new 3800+ X2 stable at all benchmarks and tests at 2.65 GHz. Then, I get the big idea that I need a new CPU cooler so I can go higher. I ditch the Thermaltake Venus 12 for a Big Typhoon. I figured as long as I have to remove the motherboard to install it, I might as well remove the 4 sticks of Corsair 512s and get pics for when I throw them on Ebay. Got everything all put back together and my OC is no longer stable. I played around with it for days and got nowhere. My new RAM (in sig) came in and I swapped that out. Well, still no luck. I've gone so far as to put all my settings to this: http://www.diy-street.com/forum/showthread.php?t=36024. That would be the stock speed database for my setup. Prime 95 runs on both cores for days without a problem. Super Pi goes without a hitch. The problems come in when I run Orthos or 3DMark05. Orthos will run for literally 1 second and crash. 3DMark05 will run for about 1 1/2 minutes before crashing to desktop. Any ideas on where to start? My settings are identical to the link above.
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