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By Troy G ·
I am having trouble getting one hard drive to copy to another one. I am trying to use the "xcopy" command but it fails to copy the entire hard drive. I am running Win98 SE and am copying a 20 gig 7200rpm drive to a 60 gig 7200rpm drive. I am trying to swap drives without re-installing all software and drivers.

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to Copying Hard Drives

Hi,

The problem you're likely having is that when windows is running, it locks some of the files so they cant be copied.

You have a couple of options.

1. Boot to DOS with a floppy and a copy of xcopy on it and use that...

2. Use a tool such as Norton Ghost to "image" one drive to the other.

The second option, while more expensive, is definitely the better option as it will also take care of the boot sectors and stuff you may not even be aware of yet...

You cant simply copy allthe files from one disk to the other because it wont boot. You need to also set up the boot sector. If you're not sure about what I'm talking about, then I would suggest going with the Norton Ghost option.

Oh... there are other options too. I believe there is a tool called DriveCopy which does the same thing. I've used Norton Ghost and it works well, though. Also the documentation with it describes doing what you want in some detail.

Cheers,
Tim.

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by Troy G In reply to Copying Hard Drives

Thanks Tim. I used Ghost but ended up re-installing a fresh OS anyway.

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by TheChas In reply to Copying Hard Drives

Many of the drive manufactures offer tools to do this.

I have had god luck with Western Digitals Data Lifeguard Tools.

Use the manual options, and select copy partition.

See if a floppy came with your drive, or download tools from the drivemfg website.

One note: some W98 systems won't deal well with a single 60GB partition.
You may want/need to partition the drive into 32GB or smaller partitions.

There is a good article on partitioning stratagy at www.aumha.org

Chas

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by wartech In reply to Copying Hard Drives

Another answer would be to put both drives on another pc (ending up with 3 drives in all. Set them up as secondary master and secondary slave and simply cut and paste from one to another.

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by bohicam1 In reply to Copying Hard Drives

You need software like Norton Ghost or Powerquest DiskCopy to perform this function and be able to boot. Now tell me....were you thinking you could save some time ;-)
The thing I like about a clean install is how fast the new system works when complete.
Think about it

Mike

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by Troy G In reply to Copying Hard Drives

Thanks for the advice, I ended up getting Ghost and using it, but in the end I went ahead and re-installed a fresh OS, It really did make a difference.

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