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Transferring info from one hard drive to another

Hi there!

My name is Brigitte and I don't have a problem, i just want to know if  my way of transferring info from one hard drive to another will work.

 

I have an old HP pavillion that still woks pretty good. It is running Windows XP and I like it. All I want is to add a larger hard drive for my dvd files.

 

I remember that with the old floppy disks if you wanted to copy one to another it was a pretty straightforward drag and drop.

 

I have an expansion bay for an additional hard drive, EIDE connection. Once I install the new hard drive, I'll have two--the small one and the larger one. Can I drag and drop the entire contents of the old hard drive onto the new one without a problem?

 

Also, how do I get the computer to boot up from the new drive once the data is transferred?

 

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  • Amustech Nov 03, 2007

    Primary boot drive is going bad. Need to transfer boot-up to the newer drive.

  • Anonymous Dec 03, 2007

    I've transfered, my old drive (C:\), to (F:\), a new 160 Gig Firelite external drive. How do I make the new Firelite bootable, or is it already bootable leaving me to only change the boot sequence so the Firlite goes first ?

    Hope that made sense.

    Thanks..Mike

  • simmo70 Jul 29, 2008

    can I drag and drop one hard drive to another

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Thanks. I was afraid of that; not as easy as I'd hoped. I've made two backups of the old drive, C:\XP OS,SATA 60Gig, to the new Blank Firelite,SATA 160 Gig drive using the boxed FireLite software. Then insatlled Vista over the old C:\XP OS above. Second I did a Clean install of Vista Primium to a new 320Gig installed as C: with Ghost 12.0. My hope was to write some boot sector data to the 160 and 320 dirves and have 2 extra bootable drives. Obviously, I should read more before writing. My apologies. ..Mike

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No that wont work.  :)

You will never be able to copy all the files from windows.

Here is my suggestion.

Their are several programs out their to help you accomplish a disk to disk copy. I personally use Norton Ghost. Action True image is another.

This particular program i have found extremely reliable.is Norton Ghost 2003. This is a hard drive cloning software that runs from dos.

When you are running windows, you cant copy by drag and drop, all the files. Windows just wont let you move the important files.

You could purchase norton ghost 2007. That software is designed to work from windows. You can install it and then clone the running drive onto the new fresh drive.

After you clone the drive, you can just set it to "active" and switch the boot order in the bios. Or just unplug the old drive.

I can assist you in getting a copy of norton ghost dos edition, and clone the drive. However it would require direct connection to your pc, and phone support to walk you threw it once your into dos.

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You CAN drag and drop files between drives, just like you did with the floppy drive.  You can't copy the O/S with drag and drop though.  if you have an O/S installed on both, plug the IDE1 cable to the one you want to use to boot.

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