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New hard drive

by Ammar-Q / August 7, 2010 7:12 AM PDT

I'm not technical when it comes to this stuff, due to inexperience, so please be nooob friendly Happy

I bought a computer, and the hard drive was smaller than I wanted. So I went and bought a larger one.

The new hard drive is working fine but its not my main disk drive.

What I want to do is copy all my data from my old drive and the whole os and system, everything. I don't have my original windows 7 activation key as windows 7 came with the PC. Just mentioning it incase it's needed. They are both internal drives btw.

What method do I go about in doing this?

A few questions for after I've copied everything.

How do I make my F drive into my C drive? Like rename it, I know it doesn't matter but I want to.

How do I make my new F drive the default hard drive?

And lastly how do I empty my original C drive, which I'm guessing is reformatting. How exactly do I reformat the hard drive anyway?

I've heard about cloning and tried it, but that just left me with a bootable backup. Did i do something wrong?

I've also heard about changing jump cables or something like that. And changing the master/slave. I really don't know which method as to how to do this so I really need help.

And please be noobfriendly with me, thanks Grin

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by Ammar-Q / August 7, 2010 9:01 PM PDT
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by Ammar-Q / August 8, 2010 6:32 AM PDT
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No experience ?
by Papa Echo / August 8, 2010 10:23 AM PDT
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May I suggest that you do not move the OS. Keep that at the small HD, together with the program files. Use the large disk as the data disk, i.e. for saving files youhave created, downloads, etc. It is best not to rename drives or allocate it a different drive letter. As for renaming your drives, "C:" is traditionally the system or root drive where the OS is. If you rename it or allocate the C: to another drive, that may cause some " misunderstanding" which may lead to the wrong drive being, for exmple, formatted... But share your concerns and anxiety...

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Thought of that
by Ammar-Q / August 8, 2010 11:56 AM PDT
In reply to: No experience ?

I thought of that but then I got to change windows 7 so that the downloads folder links to the new hardrive. Change utorrent settings, mozilla downloads settings and mirc settings. It's not much of a hassle but its still a bit annoying.

Any way I can format my new drive so that it has my documents, downloads, my pictures etc, whilst the old drive has programme files like you mentioned?

And a way to make any downloads, media, video anything apart from programme files link to my new hard drive?

These are all obvious questions, but I don't want to mess around with what I'm not sure about. Outcome might be bad.

Thanks for your help Grin

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by Ammar-Q / August 9, 2010 12:42 AM PDT
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And how do I post without replying? There doesn't seem to be a button for that.

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You did that once.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 9, 2010 12:46 AM PDT
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To create your new discussion you did that.

As to the changes to each software title you would change them one by one and test the results. I fear there is no tutorial that would answer/document all of these softwares in one place.

My advice is the same as above but to move slowly and research each software title and change one at a time then the next and then the next. Repeat till done.

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