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How do I transfer programs and files from one H.D. to another .

By egh042 ·
How do I transfer programs and files from one H.D. to another. I have an old computer running xp with two HDs on it and I would like to transfer files and programs so that I can re-format one of the drives.

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BACKUP BEFORE YOU BEGIN! ;-)

by oldbaritone In reply to How do I transfer program ...

transferring files is probably just simply copying them, or drag-and-drop in explorer.

Programs are a little more complicated, because they may have dependencies on the other drive. If you can, reinstall may be the cleanest way to go.

There are also commercial migration utilities to help with this task.

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You can and then again you cannot ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to How do I transfer program ...

In as much as you CAN copy data files from one hard drive to the other.

However, any executable programs CANNOT be transferred to the other hard drive since they all have Registry Entries that point to the existing hard drive where they are sitting right now.

You would have to Reinstall the executable programs on the other hard drive. Any data files associated with these programs could simply be copied across to the relevant directory/folder. - This would also involve UNINSTALLING these programs BEFORE you format it, in order to clean out all the orphaned Registry entries that will no longer be used!

Any files that are not programs (data files, documents, photos, audio tracks) can be copied without difficulty, using a File Manager of your choice (like Windows Explorer).

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OerM???

by shasca In reply to You can and then again yo ...

Uninstall programs before formatting. What does that mean?


"This would also involve UNINSTALLING these programs BEFORE you format it, in order to clean out all the orphaned Registry entries that will no longer be used"!

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I though my comment would attract attention, so ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to OerM???

Here goes:

This user wants to transfer executable files from HDD#1 to HDD#2, then format HDD#1 to use as a 'new' storage space. Fine - until he reinstalls the programs that used to sit on HDD#1 (on HDD#2) then finds that HDD#2 either slows dramatically or throws up all kinds of missing links, due to the registry STILL having entries related to programs that no longer exist.

This is all assuming (obviously) that his OS was originally sitting on HDD#2.

If he just formats the HDD, that won't clear out all the now-orphaned registry entries!

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This is also

by santeewelding In reply to I though my comment would ...

About snatching chessnuts from the fire.

I saw it, too. But, would not question The Master. I waited, instead, to be requited.

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RE: The Master

by The Master2 In reply to This is also

Yes I'm already here and it's good never to question me.

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I knew it.

by seanferd In reply to RE: [u]The Master

The Master is always about, somewhere...

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And

by santeewelding In reply to I knew it.

He ain't there.

His avatar barges in.

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But where is the Organ Grinder ? ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to RE: [u]The Master

With a number 2 - you're only THE MONKEY!

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I did that more then 50 times...

by popova71 In reply to How do I transfer program ...

The simplest solution would be to copy entire C: partition, or hard drive.

Install "CasperXP", it's free.

Connect empty disk - it should be the same size or bigger then original (PATA, SATA doesn't matter) - do not use removable disk.

Follow the instructions, they should be self-explanatory. The safest option would be "copy entire disk"

After copying turn off computer, remove old disk, turn on, set bios to boot from new disk and... well... that's all. Everything will be the same, xcept for different disk size.

Hope this helped

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