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By hellbentfl ·
I've purchased a new hard drive (ATA-100) to replace my old drive. Is there a way to transfer the operating system and only certain applications to the new drive? I would like to do a virtually clean install and don't want to do a complete ghost of the old drive (too many unused applications) to help 'clean' up the new disk. Or would it simply be best to reinstall everything from scratch? I'm running Windows 98.

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by dmiles In reply to hard drive upgrade

This could be done by using Windows Explorer and transfering the applcations to the other drive,yet I would do a clean install,even though,cutting corners may not be the best way but i would transfere exe files to disk for soft ware that I have downloaded.

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by spiceman In reply to hard drive upgrade

You cannot copy installed operating systems like that as the registry entries would be differ and may crash your system.

Make your new drive the primary drive (boot drive) and temporarily the other old drive as the secondary drive.

Do a new install on the new drive and then copy your data files on to the new drive. If you have downloaded some programs it is best to re-install them on the new drive so the registry entries are correct. Thus for the same reasons you standard applications would need to be re-installed on the new drive.

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by James Lowe In reply to hard drive upgrade

IF the new drive is larger than the old one AND you are using WIN9x as an OS, there are a lot of good ghosting software programs available that can do it.

BUT, a clear install and copying the user files off of the slaved old drive will be best.

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by Fred Gordon In reply to hard drive upgrade

Just a quick comment/opinion. I've done it many times and Answer #2 is clearly the way to go.

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by curtis864 In reply to hard drive upgrade

This is not tested, but it could work. First, you go into the oldrive and open regedit. You then export the registry to a disk. These registry entries will help applications function properly. Next, you make the newdrive your main drive and connect your old one as a slave. You then install your clean windows, copy the applications you want, and import your old registry entries. The old registry entries may defeat the point of the clean install and you would also have to go in and copy start menu icons.

THE BEST THING TO DO is to cleanly install windows and your applications

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