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By pmarsh ·
I need to move some apps off of one HDD to another because the user no longer has the media. I have tried Norton 2000 and 2001 along with Partition Magic. Non of them seam to work clean and neat. I am sure I'm doing something wrong. I just want to move them and have them functional wihtout any major problems. Can someone give me the quick and dirty details on that product is the best and how to use it effectively.

Thanx,

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by roland63 In reply to Moving Apps????

There is no quick fix on this one.

You will be able to MOVE apps from one drive to another but you will run into problems because you don't know where else besides the app's folder it may have installed - some files go to the windows directory, others to windows/system.

None the less, you're bound to have problems.

Good luck.

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by pmarsh In reply to Moving Apps????

Are there any kind of tools to help locate everything? Once I find them it won't be hard to bring them over but how do you make sure you have all the correct .dll's and such?

Thanx,

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by JMinard In reply to Moving Apps????

You tried Ghost from Norton Utilities. I have used that a lot and had no problems. I just had a 8.4 gig that I transferred to a 13 GIG fine. . .

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by pmarsh In reply to Moving Apps????

I guess my question is does Ghost also move all setting from Windows? What I'm tring to do is get these apps onto a clean system. The current system is having all kind of problems GPF's all over the place and if I ghost it aren't I just going to ghost the problems onto the new sytem?

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by roland63 In reply to Moving Apps????

I know of no way of knowing for sure - its a crapshoot.

Good luck.

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by pschuvie In reply to Moving Apps????

I have had a reasonable amount of success in using the MagicMover program of Partition Magic - no real trick it seems other then to have the drives in the same machine to facilitate transfer. I put the new drive with a clean OS installed in as a slave then put MagicMover to work and it seems to do the trick.

Another program that I often use is EasyUninstall 2000 - this one makes a self installing copy of the original that can be put onto most any computer. Available from Ontrack Data International - www.ontrack.com i think - Works 7 out of 10 times unless the app has some special need that only the orignial media can resolve. It does an extensive scan of the system Registry prior to running that picks up registered associations etc. And in a couple cases where the app did not transfer real well, there was an update from the developers that could be download and installed once the base program was installed. Also since it is creating a copy the original install is still intactif I have to fall back to the older machine.

The only bug a boo on transfers is if there are lots of them - then tedium sets in.

Those are my suggestions and hope they help.

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by pmarsh In reply to Moving Apps????

Thanx dude, I'll play with Part. Magic a little more. Wish me luck..

Thanx,

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by sluggo210672 In reply to Moving Apps????

My advice, and you are not going to like it, is to bite the bullet and reinstall everything to the new drive.

Like you said, if you Ghost the drive, you will get the same problems on the new disk and you are back to square one.

Even if you do find all the files that each application uses and transfer them across, you still have the problem of the Registry. Majority of programs will make some modification to the registry, and then you are getting into a major headache.

A program like Partition Magic, I don't know if it works over multiple disks. My understanding of P.M is that once it creates new partitions, it then goes throuh the registry and makes any changes to program entries to reflect the new changes made. For example if Office was installed on the C: drive and then a new Parttion is made and the C: drive becomes and E: drive, then P.M will make the adjustments so the O.S knows that Office is now on the E: drive.

Havin said that, I don't use P.M a lot and I could bemistaken.

It may be simpler to reinstall the programs and O.S. and it may also save you a lot of p*ss farting around.

Best of luck.

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