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Ed Bott's Microsoft Challenge--4/27/2000

By ebott ·
A reader tells me he's ready to ditch his 6GB IDE drive in favor of a screaming 18GB SCSI drive. But he doesn't want to go through the hassle of reinstalling Windows 2000 and all his software and customizations. What's the best way to move everything from his old drive to his new one so he can resume working without missing a beat? If a third-party utility is the answer, make sure it's compatible with Windows 2000.

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by Bra-k In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Use Ghost and do a partition image.

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by ebott In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

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by carmined In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

1)Use Powerquest Drive Image to clone, make exact image of partition, and partition your HD to 18GB. If your SCSI BIOS is disabled you will need to edit the boot.ini

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2)Format the 18GB HD in a spare W2K computer. Install 6GB in W2K spare computer and perform an xcopy /e /h /k from 6GB to 18GB HD. If your SCSI BIOS is disabled you will need to edit the boot.ini file.

Good luck

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by avachon In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Let me add specifics about powerquest since the question focuses on windows 2000. The utility is drive image pro 3.0. This software will create an exact image complete with intact customizations. The product also includes smart sectoring so the harddrive sectors are checked prior to the transfer which helps to reduce the chances of problems arising from copying bad sectors. Product reviews are on the powerquest site and utility runs around $70.00

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by simon.wellborne In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I would pursue this as follows:
Install the SCSI Controller and drive in the system. Boot NT as normal and install the necessary SCSI controller drivers etc.
Restart and use a disk/partition cloning tool such as Symantec Ghost to copy the partition from the IDE to the SCSI drive. Reboot and if necessary modify the boot.ini (SCSI BIOS/No SCSI Bios) on the SCSI partition. Shutdown machine, remove IDE device and ensure BIOS set to boot to SCSI.

Hopefully all is well. This method is carry-over from NT 4.0, where the change in boot devices (SCSI-IDE) could cause problems due to no drivers being installed. Not being an expert on Win2000, I am guessing that this method would still work.

Do people trust PNP, or do they still callit 'shrug and pray' in Win2000 also?!

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by Alexander Ott In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

He might use GHOST 6 to prepare an Image of his 6GB HD. This Image can be spanned for storing purposes an may be copied to the new HD using Ghost again. Ghost 6 supports NTFS5 and quoting.

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