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    Thanks, the formatting is not a problem, I've done that many times, it's the partitioning part I may find confusing when it comes to it.

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    Right-click, properties on the .exe files for the games. Check "Run in compatibility mode for" and select Windows 95. That will solve the problem with about 80% of DOS games. Checking "run in 256 color mode" and "disable advanced text services for this program" makes even more work. To find the .exe for the game, right click, properties on the shortcut and select "find target".
    Fairly simple and seems to have problems only with games that are extremely buggy. The only games I ever had to take extra steps for was X-COM Apocalypse, and there was a web site with fairly easy instructions that I found.

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    Thanks. Incidentally will I have to re register XP when I reinstall? Or can I use the old reg number I got last time? and if so where can I find it, I've probably lost the paper I wrote it down on.

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    Formatting and partitioning are practically the same thing.... When you format, you're making a partition. I guess partitoning more than one big partiton is your problem. When you install XP, it will ask you where you want to install it. You can choose to make partitions at this point. The choices are fairly simple and you should be able to figure it out. choose to creat a very large NTFS partiton when you install both XPs. Then, by going control panel, administrative tools, disk management, or by typing diskmgmt.msc in Run, you can create more partitions by simply right-clicking on your hard drive. I suggest you have 2 or 3 very large NTFS partitons and one small, 30 GB or less, FAT32 partition. I might be making this sound complicated, but it's really pretty easy. You aren't giving enough choices whe installing XP and partitioning in it to get something wrong. And if you do, reformatting is fairly simple.

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    You will almost undoubtably have to. If you lost the number, I'm not sure if everything will work alright. Either way, you might have to call Microsoft, which should get it straightened out. There are also other methods of activating XP, but the admins would probably get mad if I talked about it here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yawgm0th
    Formatting and partitioning are the same thing....
    partitioning and formating are not remotely the same. ever heard of an unformatted partition? Partitions basically divide up hdd space, where as formating dictates what file system will be used on those partitions. One partition can be formated many times with different file-systems.

    One can use the OS CD to partition and format your hdd's or you can also use something like fdisk, which is free but only for more advanced users. But there also also programs like powerquest's (recently acquired by symmantic) partition magic that gives partitioning a easy to use gui by cost a fair amount of money.

    When you reinstall XP you will have to re-activate it, however registration is entirely voluntary. If it's been more than 128 since the last time you installed XP it should not give you any problems with re-activating.
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    partitioning and formating are not remotely the same
    For the purpose of this conversation they are. And for the most part, when you do one, you do the other. But fair enough, I should have phrased that differently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yawgm0th
    For the purpose of this conversation they are. And for the most part, when you do one, you do the other. But fair enough, I should have phrased that differently.
    As mini said, they aren't really.

    OK, here's a brief rundown on what you're dealing with:

    You've got two physical HDDs in that beast (2 x 160GB). When they are in the RAID 0 config, it basically means that instead of having two seperate drives, they both work together, split the data between, and fool the computer into thinking there's only one drive there (1 logical drive). There's pros and cons to this, but the pros outweigh the cons.

    A 'partition' is grabbing part of the logical drive and sectioning it off. Most people do this to keep drives managable, to install different operating systems, or just so they have different drives for different purposes. When you 'format' a drive, you're basically setting it up with a certain file system so it can be used. Once a partition has been set up, then it becomes hard to change without the possibility of losing data. Partition Magic can be used to resize partitions (so if you had one big 320GB partition and wanted to shrink it to 100GB or something to allow others), however it's not always a flawless operation, although it works most of the time.

    As the others have said, you've going to run into problems if you install 98. Your computer is just too good for it (strange, but true). So that leaves XP 32-bit and XP 64-bit.

    First thing I'd do would be to find that registration key for XP32. If you can't find that, then the rest of this is pointless. If you can afford to wipe everything and start afresh, I highly recommend it.

    Think about what you want to store on your drive, and make a couple different partitions for different things. I've personally got 4 partitions on a 240GB RAID 0 array (2 x 120GB SATA drives) set out as follows:

    - 30GB C: for Operating System and basic software
    - 90GB D: for Music, Downloads and CD images
    - 60GB E: for temporary video files (editing)
    - 60GB F: for Games.

    The good thing about that layout is that if I my operating system needs formatting / reinstalling, then I can simply format C: again and start from scratch, without losing all my other files. All the partitioning / formatting can be done from the XP install, so once you put the CD in you'll be set.

    Probably a lot to take in there, so feel free to ask questions.

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    That sounds good, thanks.
    Paticularly the formatting of just one partition, I was not aware you could do that.

    I appreciate the help everyone has given me, but is there anywhere a step by step guide that I can print out and have for reference while doing it? I mean I used to format my 98 system all the time but that was with a very basic hardware no raid setup. From other posts I've read (not just here) I get the impression that setting up an XP system with raid can be tricky if you don't know what your doing, so I just want to be 100% certain of what I'm doing before I wipe everything and start afresh.

    Many Many Thanks for everyones help.

    (To understand what I'm talking about, my system cost me a fair penny and I obviously don't want to mess it up)

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    It's not that much different to how you used to do it all. Just think of the RAID as one big drive that sometimes needs a driver to get it to work. :) When you install an OS on the RAID from a CD boot, it will ask you to press something to install third party drivers (in XP / 2000 the key is F6). Do that, pop in a disk or something with the drivers on it, and you'll never have to worry about it again. That's about the only time things are different (aside from the performance)

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