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Copying One Hard Drive to Another

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Hydan4, Aug 2, 2003.

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  1. Hydan4

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    I am wanting to copy all of a hard drive to another. Where do I start?
     
  2. Elvandil

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    It depends.

    NTFS or FAT32?

    The easiest way is to make a disk image with Acronis True Image or Drive Image and apply the image to the new drive.

    But things are easier with FAT32, especially if you can install the new drive into the machine for the copying operation.

    You might also look at Xxcopy:

    http://www.xxcopy.com/
     
  3. RKramden

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    it's even easier if you use the tools from the drive manufacturer. For instance, Western Digital's drive tools automatically copy the entire drive, partitions and all to another drive of equal or larger size. you can also pick and choose how things are transferred. All the major drive manufacturers have utilities like this, so just go to their website and d/l them.
     
  4. BTS '76

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    Norton Ghost is also a great coping tool
     
  5. Lone Gun Men

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    If you are copying a hard drive with windows 2ooo/XP (not sure about nt) to another drive, you will have trouble bootingt he drive. windows will let you bott once no problem. after that it realizes that it is a new drive and by default it think you are using it in a completely different computer and wont boot again. if there is no OS on the drive you should be fine using RKramden advice.
     
  6. Lone Gun Men

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    If you are copying a hard drive with windows 2ooo/XP (not sure about nt) to another drive, you will have trouble booting he drive. windows will let you boot once no problem. after that it realizes that it is a new drive and by default it think you are using it in a completely different computer and wont boot again. if there is no OS on the drive you should be fine using RKramden advice.
     
  7. Yourbippy

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    I used this to go to a 80G Hard Drive - but I had to reinstall XP Pro and then get a new activation # - But first I formatted the new drive and set the partition sizes - it was then FAT 32 - after too many problems with the FAT 32 - I converted the system to NTFS - The only advantage that this gave me was that I did not have to reinstall all of the other programs that I have (Took the easy way out) - This drive copy is from Maxtor - you may want to read up on this before you try it - and it is free - use this link

    http://maxtor.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/maxtor.cfg/php/enduser/olh_adp.php?p_faqid=581
     
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