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Upgrade Laptop HD 60GB>320GB


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#1 polaris6

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 11:11 PM

I have a Dell D600 laptop with a 60 GB IDE HD that I want to upgrade with a 320 GB IDE HD.

I have used Norton Ghost 9.0 to do the 'copy one drive to another'.

This went well, except the new drive is carrying the drive letter of 'E" and all the programs I originally installed on the smaller HD that are linked to the 'C' drive will not work the the drive designation set at "E'.

How can I make the transfer in copying one drive to another (with Norton 9.0)? The 'wizard' requests the source drive (in this case 'C') and a destination drive (in this case 'E'), I have no option to change the drive letter, so that when Windows copies all the files to the new HD, they are done to drive 'E'.

Or, how can I change the drive letter 'E' to 'C' on the new drive after I have made the transfer?

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 05:25 AM

I would assume you would have to use a Ghost boot disk in order to copy a drive. You cannot do it in Windows.

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 07:11 AM

Yes.

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 12:30 PM

Your laptop supports 2 hard drives?

To change the system partition drive letter...boot the system with just the newer drive attached/installed. By default, the system partition should become C: upon boot, since it's the only one.

Upon reflection, you probably have a restore/recovery partition which is being recognized as C:, with the optical drive being D:, and the system partition spotted as E:. I believe it's the restore/recovery partition being recognized which throws your newer drive off.

A shot from Disk Management should confirm/refute this premise.

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