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Changing to a larger hard drive

By themouser2 ·
I need to change to a larger hard drive but don't want to lose my current programs, etc. How do I back up the current programs to have them ready to install on the new hard drive? How do I change to the new hard drive? Thanks for any help.

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by pierrejamme In reply to Changing to a larger hard ...

I used to use a program from Powerquest call "Drive Copy" to this, but it isn't needed anymore.
Things have changed in hard drives. I just bought a 160GB Maxtor hardrive, it came with a program called PowerMax that allowed me to duplicate my old drive c: to the hard drive set up as a slave . Windows 2K SP4, all apps and data. Removed the old hard drive and made the new on the master and voila new 16oGB c: drive. Sweet
I am sure that all manufacturers are offering similar.
PowerMax was part of the purchase so saves the$80 or so that I had spent on Drive Copy.
Go without fear,

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by JohnGreer In reply to Changing to a larger hard ...

There are many ways to go, one of which is mentioned above. It may help us with recommendations if you would tell us a little bit about the old and new systems?

e.g. 5GB Win98 SE --> 120GB WinXP Home

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by TheChas In reply to Changing to a larger hard ...

1. Verify that your motherboard and version of Windows supports the larger hard drive.

For Windows 98 and Me, you have a 137GB limit for native drive size.
Realistically, you don't want to use partitions larger than 30GB on W98.

For NT, there is a limit on the size of the boot partition.

If your motherboard does not support the larger drive, you have 2 choices:
Install a PCI IDE controller (the best way)
Or, use the drive manufactures BIOS overlay utility to "fool" your motherboard into using the full capacity of the drive.

2. For safety sake, back up ALL critical files.

3. Install the new drive as master, and set your old drive as slave.

For Windows 9X, boot from a startup floppy and partition the new drive.
See articles at www.aumha.org
and www.fdisk.com/fdisk for details.

Format at least the C: drive.

3. Boot from the drive manufactures utility disk.
Run the tools manually and copy the volume that represents your old C: drive (D:?) onto the primary DOS partition of the new drive (C:?).

Copy additional volumes as needed.

4. Shut down.
Remove your old drive (if desired).
If you remove the old drive, set the new drive as master without slave.

5. Your system should boot from the new drive as if nothing happened.

This should work the same for Windows 2000 or XP. I just have not had the time or need to check it out.


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by themouser2 In reply to Changing to a larger hard ...

Thanks for the help. My Hard Drive had the drivers and such included to transfer all the data. So far it is going well. We lost a DVD drive over it though. Thanks again for your insite.

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