Storage forum: Need to switch hard drives

by: pooky4 January 10, 2011 5:53 PM PST

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Need to switch hard drives

by pooky4 - 1/10/11 5:53 PM

I have ordered a new computer from HP (model HP Elite HPE-450t), which I am expecting to arrive in about a week. This computer is configured with a 1.5TB primary hard drive. I added a second 500GB hard drive. I asked, but HP said that they could NOT install Windows on the secondary hard drive. So when I receive the computer, the 1.5TB hard drive will have Windows on it, and the 500GB hard drive will be empty.

I want to reverse this so that the smaller drive will have the OS on it and the larger drive can be used for data storage.

I know I will need to create recovery disks and reinstall everything on the smaller drive. Can someone tell me what I will need to do (if anything) hardware wise to make this work? Most advice I am finding says that I will need to swap the jumpers on the drives for master and slave, but these articles were written in the days of IDE drives.

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