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New Maxtor drive

by Oil_Tan / April 12, 2006 9:36 PM PDT

Has anyone successfully used the maxblast 4 tool to move os to new drive from old. Old drive is western digital. Don't have to. Considering.

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Yep. . .
by Coryphaeus / April 12, 2006 9:39 PM PDT
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I've done it several times. Works pretty well. Some programs may need to be reinstalled, some re-tweaked. It's not perfect, but every time I've done it XP will boot and the PC will run. Just a few little annoyances, but it beats having to do a full format and reinstall everything.

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I wouldn't
by joesmithers06 / April 12, 2006 9:55 PM PDT
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Very rarely does that sort of thing ever work out the way people want it to. Windows is extremely picky about the hardware configuration it's run on, and even simple things like changing a hard drive can be enough to mess it up.

Even though it's more work, I'd suggest just biting the bullet and reinstalling. It's a chance to clear out all the junk that's been accumulating over time and start off fresh.

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I've used it. One thing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 12, 2006 10:09 PM PDT
In reply to: New Maxtor drive

Make sure your XP CD is XP SP1 or XP SP2 if the target drive is over 127GB. Other than that detail, it works fine.

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Thanks for ALL replys
by Oil_Tan / April 12, 2006 10:57 PM PDT

Think I will just wait for the WD drive to die. It's 5 years old, no telling when, good excuse to get another larger drive.

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Be sure to backup. . .
by Coryphaeus / April 13, 2006 3:25 AM PDT
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before the death.

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I went ahead and
by Oil_Tan / April 13, 2006 3:54 AM PDT
In reply to: Be sure to backup. . .

installed the 160 gig drive as slave. When the old wd drive goes south, prolly just get a nother 160 for os. I discovered wd drive doesnt like any screen saver at all, so no telling. Heat? Makes it sound like an out of balance turbo. Couple of pics is all I need to stash away. Thanks man.

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A big problem
by Themisive / April 13, 2006 7:27 AM PDT
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Is that many hard drives are extremely "picky" when it comes to the mobo chipset. For instance, I have a VIA chipset, both of my hard drives are Maxtor - they seem to get on well together - but I do know that my soon had a Maxtor Hard drive, but an SIS chipset, and they did not get on well together! By the same token, you will NOT get the manufacturers to admit this of course.

In actual fact, I would have suggested using a total drive (say 2 hard drives) of 160Gb, and splitting them so you have the O/S and main programmes on one and all games and personal data on the other.

That way if your C drive goes south, you still have ytou personal data on the D drive! Mind you, it's always a good idea to make regular backups just in case anyway, you never know when you are going to have to do a ful re-format and re-install!

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