moving files to new hard drive


Old 05-12-03, 02:23 AM
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moving files to new hard drive

Hi, new here....

I want to swap out my old hard drive (12GB) with a bigger one (120GB).
The bays are full with:
--12GB hard drive
so I must swap as opposed to adding.

What is the best way to move all files from my old drive to my new drive? Copy onto CDRW? Zip?

HP Pavilion 8480Z Pentium II
Windows XP

Any help would be great, thx.

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Old 05-12-03, 03:48 AM
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If there is room -

If you have some space inside your case, you may not need an open bay. My old 10G is riding piggyback on my newer 60G use long wire ties. Just a thought.
Old 05-12-03, 08:58 AM
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To answer your question, use an Imaging program (basically, these programs take the image of one disk and put it on another disk - makes an <i>exact</i> copy of the disk.)

There are several out there, but most HD manufacturers have software that you can download to achieve this. So, go to your HD's site first to see if you can get it free.

If that doesn't work, you can use <a href="">Drive Image by PowerQuest</a> (same people that make Partition Magic), <a href="">Norton Ghost</a>, or any of several other programs out there.

Let us know if you have any questions about how to use these programs.

Good luck!
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Most cases will have at least 1 additional "hidden" bays for 3.5" drives. By hidden I mean no outside access.
My preffered way to 'upgrade" drives is to install XP and all applications on the new drive from scratch, then copy/move the files over. This is a fairly old machine, so XP was probably an upgrade from 98SE.

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