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XP Pro on Need to move ALL to C:

By fadbel ·
I had problems with 98SE on C: so installed XP Pro on D:. Continued with all apps and updates on and later found many items referring to and trying to use C:. I would like to physically change to C: and remove the C drive. However, all registry functions for system and apps files will still be looking for D:\...whatever. Is there a clean way I can do this without re-installing everything? XP migration is no good for this.

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XP Pro on Need to move ALL to C:

by fadbel In reply to XP Pro on D: Need to move ...

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by timwalsh In reply to XP Pro on D: Need to move ...

The only clean way will be to reinstall. Even if you try to image the drive and move it, that doesn't change any of the Registry settings.

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by fadbel In reply to XP Pro on D: Need to move ...

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by fadbel In reply to XP Pro on D: Need to move ...

Well, I'm sure you're correct. I backed up the registry to another .reg file and painstakingly made changes of all references to to C:. Problem is, that's a last ditch attempt. It would probably take me two months to re-install all apps, let alone get XP Pro re-installed without that pain-in-the-butt re-registration thingy. I currrently have 4 HDs that I want to cut to 2.
I'll wait a bit to see if any more suggestions come up. Thanks

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by jkey In reply to XP Pro on D: Need to move ...

You can use Ghost 2002 imaging program. It works great and will solve your problem. I've done it more than once and haven't had a problem yet. Install ghost on of your drives and then create a boot floppy with PC Dos on it. If you need step by step instructions, you can email me. I'll be happy to help.

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by fadbel In reply to XP Pro on D: Need to move ...

Thanks for that answer. I've used ghost before, but I still have doubts that on re-install of the Ghost image, that it will correct the "D:\" entries to "C:\" in the registry. It probably wouldn't hurt to try though. I'm going to leave this open until I get the chance. Thanks.

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by blindsay In reply to XP Pro on D: Need to move ...

The best way that I have found to do this is to use a program called Partition Magic. It will allow you to move everything to your C drive and it will automatically update the registry for you. After that, create an image of the drive and copy it to the new drive.

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by fadbel In reply to XP Pro on D: Need to move ...

That would have worked with previous versions of PQMagic but they removed "Magic Mover" from the later versions of Partition Magic. I've looked for it, but can't find it anywhere. This would have been the way to go. The combination of P. Magic Moverand Ghost.

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by fenaikh In reply to XP Pro on D: Need to move ...

Hi

pls visit these URL:


Good luck

Mohamed


1- HOW TO: Change the System/Boot Drive Letter in Windows
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;Q223188&

2- How do I change drive letters?
http://www.anandtech.com/guides/viewfaq.html?i=108

3- Acronis True Image 6.0
http://www.acronis.com/products/trueimage/


4- Drive Image
http://www.powerquest.com/driveimage/didetails.cfm

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XP Pro on Need to move ALL to C:

by fadbel In reply to XP Pro on D: Need to move ...

Well, it appears that using somethng like Partition Magic could be the only answer. I can but try.
Thanks to one and all who answered!

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