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#1 MattV

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 10:31 AM

My old (six years) HP has the 40G drive that came with it, and I've installed a 100G Maxtor drive in the last year. I'd like to take the old, going to die soon, drive out and put the 100G drive in its' place. I'll do a clean install of XP* when I make the swap. Which leads to the following question:

If I first copy files that I need to keep to the old drive before I remove it, will it then be possible, after the large drive is set up, to connect the old drive again just to copy back the files I need? The old drive can then go into the "pile o' parts".

It would take a loooong time to copy everything to CDs, not to mention a lot of CDs, and I can't even do that 'til I replace my crapped-out CD drive. So I was just wondering about the feasibility of using the old drive to backup files 'til I can copy 'em to the new one.


* I've had to do this with the old drive a couple of times in the past few months, which leads me to believe that it's about ready to crap out completely. That, and the increased number of bad sectors. Seems like everything goes bad all at once. Kinda like your body. You feel just fine - then you turn forty and your doctor becomes your best friend. :thumbsup: :flowers:

Edited by MattV, 27 August 2007 - 10:33 AM.


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Posted 27 August 2007 - 10:49 AM

After you've installed the new drive and set it up change the jumper to master with slave present (if applicable) and your old drive to slave. You should be able to transfer files
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#3 MattV

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 03:38 PM

After you've installed the new drive and set it up change the jumper to master with slave present (if applicable) and your old drive to slave. You should be able to transfer files
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That's what I thought, but I left something out of the original post. Will having XP still resident on the old drive interfere in any way? I don't see how it should or would, but there's this little guy named Murphy running around, usually with a pack of Gremlins. If you never encountered them, then you haven't been working on or with computers long enough, yet. :thumbsup:

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 04:26 PM

If your concerned that your previous operating system may interfere you could purchase/borrow an external HDD drive (USB) and put your old drive into that and transfer the file over that way.

As garmamma said ensure that the jumpers are set unless your new HDD is a SATA drive?!
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Posted 27 August 2007 - 06:43 PM

If your concerned that your previous operating system may interfere you could purchase/borrow an external HDD drive (USB) and put your old drive into that and transfer the file over that way.

As garmamma said ensure that the jumpers are set unless your new HDD is a SATA drive?!

The "new" drive isn't really new. It's a second, 100G drive that I put in because the drive that the machine comes with doesn't have a whole lot of room left with XP installed. All I'm really going to do is replace the old c: drive, which is six years old, - positively geriatric for a hard drive - with the 100G drive. I've got about 4G of "can't lose"* information I need to transfer. And I don't have the financial resources to buy much. Which is why I'm looking for ways to do what I need with what I've got.


* Normally, I'd go through the tedium of saving everything to CD. But the CD writer is another :thumbsup: thing I need to replace.

Edited by MattV, 27 August 2007 - 06:44 PM.


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Posted 28 August 2007 - 12:51 PM

Fair enough matey, as long as your new HDD is set to the master, (old one being the slave) there shouldn't be a problem, and you have installed your operating system!
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