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Switching out original HD

by Cycleman / November 27, 2004 11:50 AM PST

My PC came with a 60 Gb HD. I'd like to add a second HD in the open, available drive space, but I was also thinking of changing the original to a much larger drive.

How do I do this? Move everything from the original drive onto the new one, then install a replacement drive where the original resided?



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Re: Switching out original HD
by Yew / November 27, 2004 8:13 PM PST

The easiest way, is to just put the new drive in the slave position. Otherwise, you're looking at reinstalling the operating system, or hoping some sort of disk imaging program will work properly, which you'll probably have to go out and buy I might add.

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Re: Switching out original HD
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 27, 2004 8:17 PM PST

Why not keep the original HD just for your OS and already installed programs, and use the new HD for any new programs, and/or data storage?


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Using ''what'' operating system?
by Cursorcowboy / November 27, 2004 9:22 PM PST

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Re: Using ''what'' operating system?
by Cycleman / November 28, 2004 5:26 AM PST

Sorry about not including more information.

The PC is an HP Pavilion 9870, 1.3 MHz, 60 Gb HD, 768 Mb RAM (uses RIMMs), Windows XP Home. It has a number of USB and Firewire inputs (USB 2.0), an ethernet card (obviously), floppy drive.

I've got lots of software on it. Word processors, spread sheet programs, digital editing---the usual stuff.


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Re: Switching out original HD
by Bob__B / November 27, 2004 11:58 PM PST

The last time I did this hd swap around stuff the new hd came with a floppy that had a hd to hd copy routine.

So for me it was just install the new hd as a slave, load the floppy, point it at the source and destination and sit back and relax.

When it was done I removed the orig hd, set the new hd to master and it worked fine.

If that all works for you then your second bay is now open again to do with as you want.

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