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Hard Drive Data Transfer - HELP!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by NeoBix, Dec 4, 2007.

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  1. NeoBix

    NeoBix Thread Starter

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    Hey all,

    Right now one of my hard drives is almost full. It's a 186 gig and I've got like 2 gigs left to use on it, lol. But then I also have a totally unused 298 gig HDD (it's already installed though). What I want to do is transfer some of my stuff, well... MOST of my stuff.... from the 186 gig to my 298 gig. But I want to do it the right way so I don't corrupt any files or anything.

    Basically the biggest things are all of my games, my music (I have like 20 gigs of mp3s lol), and some other media. :p

    The only way I can think of to move the stuff from one HDD to the other is to just sit there and drag all the stuff, folder by folder, file by file, to my 298 gig, but that just seems a little too easy. Is that not the right way to do it?

    I figured there would be some kind of formal Windows XP method to do it but I wasn't sure.

    Any help with this would be appreciated. Thanks in advance, folks! :)

    BTW, yes I am using Windows XP SP2.
     
  2. kimsland

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    %SYSTEMROOT%\system32\usmt\migwiz.exe

    But actually I'd do the copy and paste (then delete) option
    From slave to master ideally (ie both drives mounted)

    There's also ntbackup !
     
  3. TheOutcaste

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    Just drag and drop, unless it's a program you need to move -- that would have to be uninstalled then reinstalled to the 298 GB drive.
    Note that your playlists for music might not get updated (they can be edited manually to show the new drive letter); You may just need to have the your music player running when you move the files for it to update your playlists.

    HTH

    Jerry
     
  4. MaverickUK

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    There's also another option: You can 'clone' the drive you have, which means you will have exactly the same functions, registry, settings et al on the other drive - you can then just delete the programs and files you do not want.

    http://www.snapfiles.com/reviews/HDClone_Free_Edition/hdclonefree.html

    I've never used the one stated above, but it seems okay.
     
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  6. MaverickUK

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    I've actually used Acronis True Image and Norton Ghost, both are great.

    If you meant which operating system, then it's Windows XP.
     
  7. kimsland

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    Nope; happy with that. Thanks
    Tried acronis, but don't like all the files on my harddrive (even when going to CD image)
    Acronis also requires non usb mouse support on the restore images (didn't like that)

    Sorry off target, I'll shutup now
     
  8. NeoBix

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    Thanks a bunch you guys!!! I appreciate the info.

    Tomorrow I am going to give it a shot and we'll see how the big transfer goes.

    Something tells me I'm going to be doing a lot of left-clicking tomorrow, lol. :p

    Anyway if I have any problems during the process I'll hop back on here.

    Thanks again guys. :)
     
  9. kimsland

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    NeoBix how did it all go ?

    Horribly wrong or wonderfully easy (in computers is either one or the other)
     
  10. Rich-M

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    That is completely untrue...perhaps you have used some really old versions?
     
  11. NeoBix

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    Hey guys I'm sorry that I didn't get back on here sooner. I'm bad about that, lol.

    At any rate, the transfer went GREAT! And now my poor old congested hard drive is feeling much better.

    Now my new one is starting to get filled up though, lol.

    Thanks again guys I appreciate all of your help. :p

    And Merry xmas everyone... I love the holiday smilies. :D
     
  12. TheOutcaste

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    You're Welcome!

    If your issue has been resolved you (and ONLY you) can use the Thread Tools at the Upper Right to mark this thread Solved.:)


    Jerry
     
  13. kimsland

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    And Defrag regularly
     
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