Noob Needs Bigger Hard Drive

By AtlBo ·
OK, I am a noob. I have no idea where to start with this project, but I have scoured the net, and still have not been able to figure out how to clone my hard drive to a new larger one. If anyone could list the procedure step by step, I would be ever grateful. Here are my machine specs:

Dell 260 Optiplex
2 GB RAM memory
20 GB IDE Hard Drive
Chipset: Intel i845G
Video Card : Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.01.2600 Service Pack 3

I have learned that I CAN exchange the hard drive for a 200 GB IDE one, which would be ideal, and that I can use this system's system tools to clone the old hard drive to the new one. Irregardless, I would be ultimately ingratiated with any help from anyone on how to go about this. However, I am so short on knowledge, I am afraid that only a 1., 2., 3... list will work for me, so I understand if noone has the time. Also, I'll need to know what connectors and so forth I'll need (i.e. a second hard drive ribbon and power cord, etc). I am a little concerned about power adding a larger hard drive, as I have learned that the Dell GX260 power supply is not very large. If there are any other worries, I am unaware of them...aaaaahhh.

OK, sorry, if anyone has time, it's the A to Z I need. Thanks in advance to any willing Saint...

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that one is always painful...

by .Martin. In reply to One important word of war ...

that always painful...

i did that with flash a flash drive, accidentally said to format it , thinking it was a different device... lucky I had backups

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I'll Keep that in MInd OM

by AtlBo In reply to One important word of war ...

Sounds like an excellent thing to keep in mind...

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I wouldn't worry too much about power

by Slayer_ In reply to Noob Needs Bigger Hard Dr ...

Since you won't be running your operating system during the cloning process. You will be powering your processor, RAM and 2 HDD's. Maybe a CD drive if you are booting from CD.
The big power demands, audio and video, won't be running at full capacity. You should be perfectly fine with whatever power supply you have.

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Thanks SS

by AtlBo In reply to I wouldn't worry too much ...

Can I assume then that using the larger hard drive after the cloning will be OK, also? Thanks for your help...

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RE: "..won't be running your operating system.." -

by OldER Mycroft In reply to I wouldn't worry too much ...

That's a rather odd statement to make.

Surely installing Acronis True Image would tend to negate your statement? IMHO.

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by Slayer_ In reply to RE: "..won't be running y ...

Depending on the software I suppose, but none I have ever used have imaged a drive while it is in use. You always have to boot from a CD or flash drive or floppy disk.

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Fair enough I s'pose. {nt}

by OldER Mycroft In reply to ....
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OK, so may I assume the following?

by AtlBo In reply to Noob Needs Bigger Hard Dr ...

I will need the following (?):

1. Dual Drive Ribbon
2. Hard Drive Power cable (will a power splitter work here?)
3. Windows XP disk
4. Cloning software
5. Second Hard Drive (the replacement drive)

Good sense should be in there, but I'll have to get the job done without it, I guess.

BTW, could someone put up a 1, 2, 3, list detailing the procedure. I am fuzzy on how to run the cloning program outside of Windows XP, assuming I am booting from the XP disk to perform the cloning. I'm also fuzzy on how to connect the 2nd hard drive to the power supply.

My last question is...if I am good to perform the cloning, power wise, will I still need more power to power the much larger hard drive for everyday use? Is it a larger power pull than the one I have already?

I think I mentioned that I read the recommended max is 80 GB for a hard drive in this machine. I assume this is to avoid a power conflict, although I am not by any means certain of this. Anyway, a power conflict sounds dangerous to the machine, and I am determined to avoid one. I don't like the idea of frying a motherboard!!!!!

OK, thanks for everyone's help in this project!

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I would hope that

by Slayer_ In reply to OK, so may I assume the f ...

With the advancement of technology, the new drives should use less power right....?

Anyways, as a rule, almost all drives use about the same amount of power. Depending of course, on the maximum RPM's of the drive.

Also, you can split the power to your HDD's. if not, I'd be in trouble, I have one rail split among 3 HDDs and 2 CD drives and 4 fans. (Ok, its a little bit crazy to do this :) )

The max of 80 gigs could be the max your motherboard can handle. Just like how old systems use to have a max of 32gb. I am not entirely sure what causes this max (I've never cared) just that it exists.

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