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transfer files

by lspiers / April 23, 2004 4:22 PM PDT

running windows xp home edition, 80 gig hdd, 1900 athlon xp cpu, 1024 mg ram. just purchased a new hdd, 120 gigs, want to move everything from old harddrive to new one. is this possible, by just putting the new drive as a slave, formating it and copying all files from the old hdd to the new one???? will windows xp still work on the new one, when i make the new drive the master?

thanks
linda

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Re:transfer files
by Cetin Denislam / April 24, 2004 3:37 AM PDT
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Nope, the procedure won't work as per your description. You need a third party tool in order to accomplish this.


Good Luck,

Cetin


Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,


T. S. Eliot

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Re:Re:transfer files
by lspiers / April 24, 2004 6:24 PM PDT
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What third party tool would that be? I know there is a program called drive copy, but i tried it with two different sized hard drives and it caused a problem on the new larger drive. If you know of any software, please let me know.

thanks
linda

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Re:Re:Re:transfer files
by Cetin Denislam / April 25, 2004 2:26 AM PDT
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The landscape for these utilities is somehow volatile because of the fact that concurrent utilities are dumped (one example is Powerquest that is now under Symantec's hat).

At the moment, here are some choices:

- Norton Ghost 2003 , as already mentioned

- Acronis MigrateEasy 6.0

- Here's an article "How to copy the operating system from one drive to another drive using MaxBlast 3", if by chance, one of yours is a Maxtor hard drive.


Good Luck,

Cetin


Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,


T. S. Eliot

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Re:transfer files
by Michael Geist / April 24, 2004 4:48 AM PDT
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Copying files from one drive to the next is not a problem. When it comes to moving Windows and any programs, you have to take a different tack.

Set the new drive as the Primary/Master, boot from your XP cd, partition and format as needed and install XP. Install your mainboard drivers/Windows update and related software programs.

Add the old drive as Primary/Slave and drop and drag files from the old drive to the new.

This is one method, others may use a program like Ghost to copy the drive or the hard drive makers drive migration tools. I personally like a clean install.

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Re:Re:transfer files
by lspiers / April 24, 2004 6:31 PM PDT
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What about the Files and Setting Transfer Wizard in windows xp? when it prompts you to transfer to your removeable drive, could i format the new drive, attach it as a slave and transfer all files and folders to the new drive instead of the removeable cdrw or a drives?

thanks
linda

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FAST is another way...
by Michael Geist / April 24, 2004 9:08 PM PDT
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to get your files and settings over to a new drive but Windows would still need to be installed first.

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