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Old hard drive to a new one

By Labby ·
Bought a new computer and want to transfer my old hard drive info over to the new one. Present computer is 2 yrs old with a 20G hard drive - new one is a 40G.
Any help is appreciated.

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by True_Texan In reply to Old hard drive to a new o ...

If you have a standard setup in your new computer (2 IDE channels - hard drive on channel 1, CD ROM on channel 2), the fastest way to transfer the information is set the old hard drive up as a slave in the new computer. The computer will then see your old hard drive as . You can then copy the files you need to your new hard drive and remove the old hard drive. This works well for files. It does not work well for application programs - they will need to be reinstalled because of the additional files they add in the Windows system area and the entries they make in the registry.

Hope this helps!

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by dmiles In reply to Old hard drive to a new o ...

There are third party utilities such as Norton's Ghost and Drive2Drive
For fre see the following
www.windows-help.net/features/copy-hd.html

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by fenaikh In reply to Old hard drive to a new o ...

Hi
pls read this article and its links from MS.

Duplicating Windows 95/98/98 Second Edition Installation to a New Hard Disk (Q166172)

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q166172

Good luck

Mohamed
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by TimTheToolMan In reply to Old hard drive to a new o ...

Hi,

The first answer is the best in so far as its got the fastest transfer rate but you may not feel comfortable about opening up your machine and you may even void your warrenty by doing so.

Another option you have is to set up a peer to peernetwork using a USB cable (If you have one or can get hold of one)

If your other machine is only two years old, then there's a good chance it has a USB port on it.

Check out...

http://www.wown.com/j_helmig/usbinstl.htm

For details.

Cheers,
Tim.

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by jereg In reply to Old hard drive to a new o ...

All the answers are right because you didn't spell out exactly what you want to do. Do you want to copy files you've created. do you want to copy programs and applications, or do you want to copy the whole image, the current setup, to the new drive?There are several answers depending on what you want to do.
If you want to copy just files, and you don't have many, use a floppy or get a laplink cable and copy through the serial ports. If you want to copy games and apps, you can't. they need to be reinstalled. If you want to do an image copy, you can use Ghost, or: take the drive from the old PC. Crack the case on the new PC. Disconnect the CD and plug the old HD in there, (doing it this way, using 2 IDE channels, you don't have to change any jumpers, and some PC's have difficulty setting up 2 HD on one channel). Format your new drive. Then, (after checking your drives) do:
xcopy d: c: /t/e/k
This will copy your old c drive(d:) to your new HD (c:). You'll need to have the drivers forthe new PC on hand xince you'll need to update video,sound, etc.
Hope that helps.

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