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copying files to another drive, format 1st, then replace files


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#1 cogs10

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 04:21 PM

hi... got a used dell inspiron 2400(dimension) for $65 off of craigslist. it has a wd drive (150-200gb?) and xp and it works.
my old computer is an hp pavilion, with a wd caviar 320gb hd with xp pro sp2. i want to use the larger drive on the dell as master.

what i was thinking, is that i can put the small drive as slave on the hp, copy my files to it, see if they work on the dell, then format the large drive, put it as master on the dell, and reinstall xp. then, slave the small drive to copy over the files again.

if there's a better way, please let me know. i'm using the large drive on hp pavilion until i can find a reliable way to transfer files.

btw, i would also like to know if there's a trick to get the copied files working smoothly with a fresh xp.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 04:35 PM

If the goal is simply to use the larger drive as a boot drive on the other system...seems to me that simply deleting everything on the larger drive...then cloning the smaller drive to it...then replacing smaller with larger...accomplishes that.

Once convinced that the clone waas successful and boots, then I would delete everything on the smaller drive and re-partition it, using it for storage capacity.

There are various programs to do this sort of cloning, including EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition freeware. - http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm . As with any program...read the instructions for use before attempting to use.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 04:44 PM

thanks... are you saying to clone the smaller to the larger after i've copied my files to the smaller?
yes, i want to use the larger as a boot drive on the dell.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 05:41 PM

Cloning the partition/drive...to the other...results in a perfect copy of the contents.

There is no need to physically "move" the files if they are inlcluded in the cloning process.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 05:59 PM

yes, i see how the smaller drive(1) can be copied/cloned to the larger(2). however, my personal files are on the larger drive(2).
so i wanted to save them somewhere, possibly to the smaller drive(1). then, i suppose i could clone them back to the formatted
larger drive(2). sounds convoluted, but i guess it'll work.

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