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    Copying files to new HDD

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    by suandre ·

    I have purchased a 4.3 GB Seagate HDD to replace my existing 2.1 GB HDD. I formatted the new drive and installed it as the Primary slave to the old HDD. In Windows 95 I have copied all the files and directories except the Windows directory from the old CDrive to the new D drive. I then installed Windows95 on the new HDD as the Primary master. When I boot from the new HDD it boots into Windows, but when I try to access my applications (Office97 etc.) the applications look for .dll and .vbx filesresidingin the C:\Windows\System folder i.e. vbrun300.dll and cstext.vbx etc ,even though all files were apparently copied. I then decided to keep the old HDD as Primary master (C drive) and install the new HDD as the Secondary slave (partitioned D and E drives).Now for the interesting part, when I accessed the C and D drive, I found them to be mirror images of each other. When I try to run an application on both drives I get the missing .vbx and .dll files message. Setting the old HDD Primary master and disconne

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    • #3900816

      Copying files to new HDD

      by nitin ·

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      Its because the new registry has not been registered with the office applications. Either you reinstall your office, or better still, use third party disk copy tools(like Ghost from Symantec which you can download). But, I think that if you are ableto copy the registry files(syatem.dat etc) to your new hard disk(by first booting using clean dos), then the same functionality can be reached.(I haven’t tried it)

    • #3900812

      Copying files to new HDD

      by berniel ·

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      I work for a Microsoft CTEC in Delaware. We image about thirty different technical, and about 25 different Apps classes. We dupe from 1.6 Gig all the way up to 20 Gig. The easiest way to copy and not have to worry about registry issues is by using Ghost. You can Ghost from your old drive right to your new drive in a matter of 5 to 30 minutes (depending on the size of the drive) and you won’t have to worry about a thing. Go to http://www.ghostsoft.com/ and download the software. What’s nice is you do not even need a bootable floppy for W95 or W98. You can run it right from a DOS prompt and it will transfer the image at the same time you are in the OS.

    • #3900807

      Copying files to new HDD

      by *robert ·

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      Both 1 & 2 are plausable answers. However, having to work w/ghost on a daily basis, if you decide on the ghost software, I have found that you do not want to do the partition immage. It has the potential to cause you some problems down the road. ie: badsectors, clusters & tracks sometimes get transfered as well.
      Hope it helps.

    • #3900805

      Copying files to new HDD

      by garrabrant ·

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      If your original drive is still intact, Delete windows fron the new drive. Create a blank windows directory on the new drive. open The windows directory on the old drive and single click on swap file “win386.swp” , Then click on edit and invert selectionto select everything in windows except the swap file.
      Drag and drop everything except the swap file into the blank windows directory on the new drive. Make the new drive the C: drive and try to boot. if it dosn’t boot , boot from floppy check with fdiskto make sure the partition is active or make it active, Then run “sys C:” from the floppy. After the system has been copied,reboot from the hard drive. everything should be there.

    • #3900791

      Copying files to new HDD

      by ccsbz ·

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      just xcopy old windows to new drive /s/e/y
      and boot new drive.
      because did not copy all hidden files.
      like dat,vxd,dll’s etc.

    • #3900780

      Copying files to new HDD

      by two570 ·

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      i have done this numerous times as the same enviroment as yours. if you are still having all the application and windows at your drive c: [ 2.1 G ]…

      1> leave the old hd [2.01G] as primary master.
      2> install the new 4.3G as privary slave or secondary master or slave…make sure don’t clash with cd-rom setting if you have one.
      3> go to dos mode and drive c
      4> xcopy D: /c/e/h/k/r/v
      5> after finish xcopy, set the new hd as primary master, 2nd master for old hd if no cd-rom, and primary slave if there is a cd-rom.

      there you are.

    • #3900762

      Copying files to new HDD

      by kenncat ·

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      All of the above recommendations are fantastic solutions. I have had the same situation occur and, if I recall correctly, most of the NEW hard drives are accompanied with a HDD Config disk. I find this method to be one of the easiest. Make the 2.1Gig drive the Primary Slave and the New 4.3Gig the Primary Master. Boot the PC from the Config disk that came with the 4.3 and follow the instructions. There should be an option to transfer files ( or DUPLICATE) from old HDD. I am not sure of the terminology that Seagate will use but the option should be available.

    • #3900757

      Copying files to new HDD

      by dealing ·

      In reply to Copying files to new HDD

      Just upgraded to a 27 gig hd from two hds,a
      6.4g and a 4.3gig.
      Used a trial version of drive image pro from
      powerquest. It was flawless. took less than an hour.
      I intend to purchase it soon. after years of
      dreading the upgrades. this thing works!

      P.S. I do not work for powerquest.

      Dan

    • #3900751

      Copying files to new HDD

      by rmakara ·

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      Answer #7 Hit it right on the money. I’ve used the utiity disc included with new drives from several HD companies. It’s not just the overlay for old BIOS. A very clear readme file is usually there also with step by step instructions. You don’t have to download anything,it’s free and it works.

    • #3900739

      Copying files to new HDD

      by anthonyko ·

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      Answer #7 is going in the right direction. You don’t need anything else but the utility disk that should have come with your seagate drive. The program is called filecopy and to use it you need to install your new 4.3GB as a secondary master and boot into windows then go to a command prompt and run filecopy. The program will ask for your source drive “C” and your destination drive “D”. It will then ask you if you want to make the destination drive bootable answer ‘yes’ to this. It will make the drive active so that it will boot after you install it as the primary master. This program will retain all the long file names but will only do so if you do the copy under a command prompt in windows. If you boot into dos mode and attempt to do the copy you’ll get all your long file names truncated to 8.3 format.

    • #3900734

      Copying files to new HDD

      by acosgrove ·

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      Windows 95 has an option that lets you hide files with certain extensions. If this is activated on both machines, then the dll and vxb files won’t display. This way, the two drives may look identicle yet be different. It’s the old hidden file issue from the DOS days. If you open up my computer, go to View -> Options Then under the tab “View” unselect the option to hide files of these types. This will display all the files. Then Highlight everything and copy it. Now all of the previously”Hidden” dll’s and vxb’s should be moved.

    • #3902487

      Copying files to new HDD

      by salier ·

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      Number seven is the easiest and simplest answer. I went from a Seagate 1.2 gig to a Seagate 6.4 gig HDD and had the same problem you did. It worked for me.

    • #3902479

      Copying files to new HDD

      by vetmailusa ·

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      When you copy an old hard drive to a new hard drive you must use a software program, i.e. Drive Copy, or a procedure–you must copy the entire partition. You cannot selectively copy files and then load windows–you can only have one copy of Windows95 to run your system–regardless of the number of disks you install. If you want to leave the old disk as a slave you will need to reformat and reload any program you want. Email me if you have questions

    • #3902433

      Copying files to new HDD

      by jjvolk ·

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      In upgrading to a new hard drive the best solution is to use a Drive Copy utility such as Powerquest’s Drive Copy, or Norton Ghost. There are hidden files that Windows 95/98 puts on the root of the hard drive as well as in the Windows directory. Installing the two drives and using Windows to copy the files does not work because Windows itself has open files that will not be copied. Also, the VIEW option has to be checked in Windows to be sure that Hidden and System files are copied, otherwise they are not. My best adise is to go and get Drive Copy or Ghost and use one of these utilities to transfer your information from you old drive to your new drive. We have DrivePro at our shop and it is the only utility that I know of that will convertthe old drive Fat16 to Fat32 on the new drive if your Operating System will support Fat32 (Windows 95 OSR2 or Windows 98). Fat32 is NOT supported by Windows versions 0 or A or 2.0, and Windows NT).

    • #3902286

      Copying files to new HDD

      by wmusil ·

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      garrabrant is right. I’ve done this hundereds of times. No I’m not joking nor lying. Boot from a floppy with fdisk,format,and sys on it with the new drive installed by itself as master. You format the new drive, sys it so it is bootable (format /s usually doesn’t work from a floppy), reboot with both drives, the new one as a slave, copy everything except windows from C: to D:, create a windows directory on D:, select win386.swp in C:\windows, in explorer, select invert selection, copy all selected files and directories to D:. reboot with new drive as master and all should be well. after thorough testing you can safely add the old drive back into the system and format to use as D:. Running SYS after may overwrite msdos.sys, you don’t want to do this so I suggest sysing the drive prior to the copy. A good test is to boot from the new drive BEFORE copying the old drive.

      GHOST and DriveCopy can do this all without the hassle.

    • #3903291

      Copying files to new HDD

      by ghary ·

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      copy every thing to the 4.3 gig ..
      change drive settings and
      make 4.3 c: active ..
      disconnect you 2.1
      boot system to see if it works ..
      Play with 2.1 to get going .. dont leave 2.1 set as promary .. change to logical…

    • #3794002

      Copying files to new HDD

      by suandre ·

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