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#1 deanpcmad

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 12:58 PM

Hey,

How do I go about changing an Internal HDD?
I have seen ways of changing a Laptop HDD but I want to change a Desktop PC HDD.

The 2 HDDs are PATA and I have PATA cables etc I just want to copy what is on the main drive onto the drive I am going to change.

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 05:37 PM

You could hook both drives up at the same time. PATA (also referred to as ATA, and the cables are referred to as IDE). Just set the one with all your information to master, and the new one you want to information on. You'll have to set up the jumpers a certain way.
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Posted 16 October 2007 - 05:56 PM

If you're trying to copy Windows over so that it'll work on the new hard drive, I'd suggest reading this article first: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html

You'll also have to consider using an image rather than a copy to move the contents to the new drive. A straight copy won't setup the boot sector like it needs to be setup to boot from.
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Posted 17 October 2007 - 01:32 AM

This article is a tutorial for installing internal PATA hdds.

Are you adding this hdd to add more storage or to replace the old hdd?

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 09:57 AM

Are you adding this hdd to add more storage or to replace the old hdd?


I could either replace or add more storage, I don't really mind. I just want a quick and easy job!

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 11:36 AM

If you are going to add this for storage you will have to format it for the file system that you wish to use and then make that old hdd the master and the new on the slave. This link that I provided you with will show you how to do this.

If you are going to use the new hdd as your primary hdd you will need the installation disk and the product key to install the OS, you will want to set this as the master hdd and then install the OS, it will prompt you to partition and then format the drive. After this you can connect the old drive as a slave and transfer you files to the master. You will need the CDs with the drivers for any peripheral devices like a printer, scanner,...

If you install the OS on the new drive make your priority to up date windows, then you anti virus.

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 07:18 PM

its a good idea to use the 80-pin ide cables too, you will get better transfer rates when using both the master and slave hdds concurrently.
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