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Resource Consumer
03-11-2005, 10:06:05
Following on from my last question.

I have a new hard drive coming which I think I can fit. I know how to change the boot order in the bios but my question is this....

How do I copy the existing files and OS to the new drive? i.e., what special steps do I have to take to ensure that everything runs smoothly?

03-11-2005, 10:23:18
I think it would be better to re-install from scratch, especially as you've been having some problems.

03-11-2005, 10:34:31
Me too. Reinstall from scratch - then copy any data files.

Resource Consumer
03-11-2005, 14:15:17
How does it work with Windows XP? If you have already activated the copy, are you allowed to reinstall?

03-11-2005, 14:51:09

Resource Consumer
03-11-2005, 15:10:42
Thanks Venom :)

03-11-2005, 15:55:24
Straight and to the point.

Resource Consumer
03-11-2005, 16:27:49
no words wasted

Resource Consumer
03-11-2005, 16:28:13
although the full stop was a nice flourish at the end

03-11-2005, 17:14:21
To copy files from one partition to another using DOS;-


Windows tends to make a right balls up of it. If DOS isn't an option, then use Winzip to archive the first drive, and then de-archive it onto the second drive.

Trouble is, you can't do this from the same operating system that Winzip runs from. You also have to use the "Use Wildcards button" and set it to do empty AND subdirectories AND preserve archive bits AND system and hidden files.

EDIT: If you want a program that will do it - Norton Ghost is just the ticket. Because it runs OUTSIDE of Windows.

Drive Image is an alternative package, often bundled with motherboards. Not nearly so good, I think.

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
03-11-2005, 17:35:17
Hmmm. I've never had a problem with Windows file copying (with recent versions of Windows, 2k and over)

You won't need to copy over all your files, just data (documents and similar files etc.) Ideally the OS and all apps would be installed from scratch, so the data is the only stuff you'll need to move. This can be a somewhat daunting task if your data isn't all together in one place.

Also, make sure you get all those pesky things Microsoft likes to hide from regular users, such as any Outlook archive files (buried somewhere in a hidden folder), your IE favorites (should you use IE) and various other bits and pieces like that.

03-11-2005, 17:37:55
Originally posted by Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
[B]Hmmm. I've never had a problem with Windows file copying (with recent versions of Windows, 2k and over)

That's because you never asked Windows to copy itself to a different drive.