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#1 yethPC

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 01:21 AM

I need to know if it's possible to transfer the content of my old faulty hd to a new one.I just want to recover my windows settings , configurations and other installed programs.I just want also to avoid the hassle of starting from the scratch , reinstalling windows and going over the process like before.Thanks

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 01:33 AM

transfer the content of my old faulty hd


if it's faulty then how can you transfer reliably? Are you sure the old hard drive is bad? Or just the OS?

Either way sounds like a clean install is the best option, and try to save some data?
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Posted 30 November 2007 - 02:40 AM

If you know the make and model of the hdd you can go to the manufacturers website and download their diagnostic tool for that drive.

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 02:17 PM

For transferring files and settings. As long as one of the drives is a Seagate you can use this transfer wizard
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Posted 30 November 2007 - 09:56 PM

The only way that I know of to "transfer" programs from one hard drive to another...is by cloning that partition and reinstalling/activating the cloned partition on the new drive.

Data is easy to move, programs do not move from one partition to another once installed. Reinstalling applications is what is called for.

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Posted 01 December 2007 - 08:24 AM

Moving programs without moving the entire OS is a real chore - and often it won't even work no matter what you do. Without going into great detail, it has to do with the Security Identifier Descriptors (SID's) that Windows uses to identify each Windows installation. Each Windows installation has a different SID - and if a program is written that includes a reference to that SID (as most do), then the program will refuse to work on another installation of Windows (because it has a different SID).

Moving settings is possible - but it depends upon why your old hard drive is bad, and how much of the settings are recoverable. Here's a link about transferring profiles: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=811151

You also may want to consider a driver backup tool. Here's a link to a thread about that: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...l=driver+backup
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Posted 06 December 2007 - 11:02 PM

Hi again,Ive got my pc up and running again after going through tedious reinstallation huh! I was not able to reply for I was looking for new hd that would be compatible with my motherboard P3 733mhz. I was thinking 30 gig hd would be okey but I decided to take 20 gig.What do you think is the max capacity I should have bought that would really work for this machine?Is there a utility that screens out your pc and suggests what hd would be compatible for best upgrade?

Thank you so much for all your suggestions.
In fact,it was the third time it displayed BSOD saying "BOOT-INACCESSIBLE DEVICE".I ran IDE device test that I found inside the BIOS Setup program and it said " Test Failed Drive Replacement recommended".When I tried to boot from bootable CD and ran dir at the command prompt.I got a message that c is invalid drive opposite to d(another partition) which files were clearly listed out.Would there be a way to save some data stored in D partition and migrate it to this drive Ive just got installed?The technician advised me to slave the old drive , is this possible?my old hd was western digital and this new one is samsung.Thanks

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 11:15 PM

Sure, Just make sure the new one's jumper is set to master or master with slave present and move the jumper on the old one to slave. Don't know how old your computer is so it's not easy to say what you could get away with on size
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Posted 06 December 2007 - 11:22 PM

I know how to change jumper setting.I know this seems to be too illogical to ask but I need to. How should I physically connect this two hds?What I can see from inside the cpu , 1 power connector and 1 ide cable to which my new drive is connected now.

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 12:24 AM

you could temporarily disconnect the cd-rom drive and use the ide and power for it

western digital hd's have a special setting for master with no slave vs master with slave
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Posted 07 December 2007 - 12:46 AM

Thanks.Ill try this.




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