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Moving files to a replacement hard drive

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#1 sdz121


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Posted 04 January 2009 - 10:44 PM


the hard drive for my dell laptop recently began making a weird noise. Upon contacting Dell, Dell determined that my hard drive was the source of the problem. Dell proceeded to mail me a new hard drive.

I tried using Windows Files and Settings Transfer Wizard to move the files. I ran the wizard, then I moved the files onto dvd's. I then installed the new hard drive and moved the files from the dvd's onto the new hard drive. When I went to the Wizard to restore the files, and when I clicked on the directory that I had placed all of the files, a window pops up saying:

"The location that you specified does not contain stored information. Please type a valid folder path into the edit box.

If you entered a path to a folder on a removable disk, the disk must be in the drive. I tried searching for some assistance and saw that imaging software called ATI was suggested in some cases. Should I get this? Can I move the backup files or the image to a dvd, move them to the new drive, and restore the backups or image? Thank you very much!

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#2 sdz121

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 10:55 PM

My apologies for not giving a clearer picture of what I did. Overall, the wizard created 12 .dat files.

IMG0000A.DAT, IMG0000B.DAT, IMG0000C.DAT, IMG0000D.DAT, IMG00001.DAT, IMG00002.DAT, etc. through IMG00009.DAT.

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 11:49 AM

Hi :thumbsup:.

<<...Windows Files and Settings Transfer Wizard to move the files>>

Did you follow the guidance contained at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/s...november12.mspx ?

I've not ever used the F&S Transfer Wizard.

FWIW: The ATI referenced by some is Acronis True Image. ATI is one of various disk-imaging programs, which can be used to clone a given partition to another partition on a different hard drive.

Cloning the partition/drive eliminates the need to reinstall any applications and that's the way that I would go, since I own a different program which does the same function (among others).

Tell us what the variations are between the procedure outlined in the link above...and we'll try to sort it out.

FWIW: http://www.ehow.com/how_2051201_open-dat-file.html


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Posted 06 January 2009 - 07:23 PM

Step by Step guide: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb457074.aspx
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