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Transfering Data From One Hard Drive To Another


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#1 Nooodle

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 12:26 PM

I have a failing hard drive that is 40 gig and need to transfer the OS and all data to my other hard drive that is 250 gig, I have a few things saved on the 250 gig but can back this up on cds. I would like to know how to go about this process without screwing anything up. I know about changeing the jumpers around on the hard drives themselves, but im not sure how to reformat the drive into the required partitions and actually getting the data over to it.

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 12:41 PM

The quickest way would be to create an image of the failing drive using Symantec Ghost or Acronis. Then after backing up your data from the 250 gig drive, install the drive as the master and copy the image you created to the new drive provided you have somewhere to store the image you create other than the new drive. This will overwrite the new drive with the proper formatting and you will have the OS working as it did before only on a bigger drive.
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Posted 30 May 2007 - 12:49 PM

is there a free way perhaps?
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Posted 30 May 2007 - 02:32 PM

You may be able to download a free trial of Acronis. Try looking it up on Google, if I remember right Acronis will image your computer without having to reboot since it was designed for servers. You will have to reboot the machine to restore the image though.
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Posted 01 June 2007 - 04:08 AM

ok, other than haveing to use 900 CD's to copy the image this program will create, I'm thinking just reinstalling winXP on the 250 and trashing the 40. got a bunch of "crap" on there I dont need anyway, my next question is how do I reformat the 250 to make it blank and use the restore disks to put winxp back on it? I know theres a way to boot the system to bring you to a screen that will let you choose to boot from a CD drive but I cant remember how, I think F8 but not sure.

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 07:49 AM

What type os system is it Dell, Gateway, HP or custom build?
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Posted 02 June 2007 - 08:57 PM

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 07:17 AM

On an HP, press Esc as the system first boots - that'll take you to the boot menu.
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