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Copying my operating system to another harddrive


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#1 Ralph Cohen

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 12:01 AM

For reasons that have to do with my silly RAID 5 (which has nothing to do with this post) I need to transfer my operating system from the hard drive it is on to a new hard drive. When I added the new hard drive it became drive D. I copy the partition and then extended it using partition magic. Then I restated my computer and unpluged the original operating system drive. It gets all the way to the starting windows screen and then hangs. So I plugged the original hard drive back in, but changed the boot priority. It booted from the new hard drive, but the new hard drive was still drive D so all the programs were running off the c drive since none of the references were changed. I can't change the drive letter in windows how ever much I try and my guess on why it didn't boot when I unplugged the main drive is that it was trying to boot as drive D.

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#2 Baltboy

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 06:46 AM

How did you "copy the partition"? If you used imaging software and cloned the drive there should be no issue with drive letters.
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Posted 23 March 2010 - 10:25 AM

I use Partition Magic 8.

If you copied the drive the system drive to a clean hard drive...it should have included all files necessary to boot the newer drive as a replacement for the old drive (and all programs, data files, etc.).

<<Then I restated my computer and unpluged the original operating system drive.>>

I guess that I don't understand this. To boot from the newer drive, just replace the older drive...don't add any other drives...and then boot to ensure that it truly is a replacement for your older drive. Since it's the only drive attached, it will automatically become C:, with your optical drive becoming the D: drive.

Once bootability is confirmed...you can add other drives, add the older drive as a secondary drive, create new partitions, etc. Drive letters assigned to these will follow the normal Windows pattern.

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 04:29 PM

Since you are running a RAID 5 configuration you have atleast 3 drives installed, did you rebuild the array to include the new drive?

While I do not know that rebuilding it will make any difference with the drive letter assignment, I would check to see if you need to rebuild the array since you have replaced a drive that was part of your RAID. If you need to rebuild the array and don't, then your RAID will not be doing its thing anymore.




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