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Transfer old HD to new with W95/98 help

By sleyba ·
I have a user with very critical files using two small hard drives. He is currently using W95. I want to transfer all the data from the old hard drives to a new computer with a much larger hard drive and W98. What is the easist way to do this. The new hard drive already has W98 installed.

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moving the win95 HD to the win 98 machine and configuring the Win95 HD a slave on the Primary channel is The easiest way That I know of to transfer data files and folders.
Also an easy way is to network the machines together and tranfer the files/folders over the network.use the copy and paste method as this will retain LFN better.
As far as tranfering the applications to the new system is concerned,that will not work except for application that do need to write anything to the registry.Eudora Pro e-mail is one application that can be moved to a new system,and after coping 2-3 dlls' to the Windows folder,it works fine.Powerquest's PartitionMagic 5.0 or newer has a feature that will move application.I have PM5.0 and although I use it,I have yet to use that feature,so I cann't comment on it's reliability.
An alternative,which is probably not an easy one,would be to tranfer the win95 system to the new Hard drive using Ghost 5.0e or newer and then upgrading to win98.This will allow everything to be transferd in working condition.Although,The upgrade may present some problems,depending on the hardware and how well it is detected by the Plug and play phase of the setup.Ghost5.0e supports LFNs durnig a tranfer.whereas Xcopy will corrupt the long file names of file and folders.

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Update,Partition magic 5.0 will not help you with your machines.
Go to this web site www.alohabob.com and check out this software PC relocator.
This application will transfer applications between 2 machines,The OSs must be similar and a network cable or a parallel cable is used to connect the machines.All setting are transfered,icluding start menu,shortcuts...
Consumer report has a short review on this app.Summary,Works fine with a few minor issues.Price is $49.99

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I've considered the last alternative. PowerQuest has DiskCopy that is supposed to keep everything intact. I am thinking of using that and than try a W98 upgrade from there.

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There is no easy one step to do this. The best way I have done this is in 3 parts. if your not able to upgrade your Windows 95 to Windows 98 it gets even harder. Part 1 Upgrade your operating system to Win 98 SE. Part 2 1)Install the new hard drive as a slave to the first HDD. 2) Boot up the system and configure the new drive, that is the secondary drive so that the system recognizes it. 3) Fdisk the SECONDARY drive. use Fat 32. 4)Restart the PC back into Win98. 5) Format 2nd Drive without the /S switch. (This is important) 6)Make a bootable floppy disk with your system with the old master still primary. format /s then copy fdisk.exe to the floppy. 7) Click start, Run, and type the following. Then Choose OK to run it: xcopy32 c:\*.* d(secondary drive letter) /h /e /c /k
9) after this is done can take up to 1 hour., you can then shut down the PC. 10) Remove first drive (Master) and make 2nd drive the Master. 11) Restart PC with boot floppy. 12) Run Fdisk and set partition to active.13) Your done. You should now have upgraded your drive with all the data and options running.

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by bww5195 In reply to Transfer old HD to new wi ...

I aggree with jgg@pilot.msu.edu (Answer 6, I think) about the use of Ghost.

I have used GHOST on about 25 different occasions at work and am VERY pleased with it's performance.

What I do is copy GHOST.EXE to the drive that you want to copy from and shut the pc down. Make sure that the jumper(s) on the new drive is set to 'slave'. Then I use a 'daisy-chain' data cable to add the new hard drive. The source drive needs to be on the opposite end of the cable from the controller on the motherboard with the new drive on the middle connector in the daisy chain data cable.

Boot the machine and let bios accept the presence of the new hard drive.

Run Ghost.exe, it does run in dos mode. Select drive to drive (wording may not be exact...) Select the drive that you want to copy from as the source drive, and the new drive as the target. (Typically drive 1 will be the source if you hooked up the drives in the correct order on the daisy cable, whereas the new drive will be drive 2.)

An easy way to make sure of the source and destination selections is the summary screen that is displayed just before Ghost starts 'ghosting'. Check the drive size of the source to confirm that it's the old hard drive.

Good luck.

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