Harddrive replacement

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I am replacing my hard drive for the first time and I need to know how to tranfer my data from the old to the new. I only have room for one harddrive in this machine.
 
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What make/model do you have? You have only one 5 1/2 bay and one 3 1/2 bay I take it? Or are they taken? If they are you will want to temperarily take something out, like maybe the cdrom... you won't be needing that transfering data. If you only have ONE bay of any kind, then you can hook up the old drive to your IDE and lay the drive somewhere, but I wouldn't recomend it, especially if your computer is on carpet. You will need to install the new drive as the master on the primary IDE and the old drive as the slave on the primary IDE. Jumper the drives accordingly (the manual will say how and give the exact jumper settings for your drive). Then turn on your computer and you might want to go into your bios first to make sure the drive set up properly. (as in communicating with the computer) You do this by pressing del or F10 (or whatever... it varies bios to bios). If there are drives in both spots (primary master and slave IDE) then you are good to go. Insert the disk with the imaging software provided by the manufacture of your drive and exit your BIOS. From there, you just follw the directions on the screen, and all you need to do is sit back and push a few buttons every now and then. The software will load and ask somequestions, such as if you want FAT32. If you are using Windows 9x, Xp and all those, choose that one. Windows NT should be NTFS. ect, ect... every thing is explained on screen if you are unsure. You then decide on partitions and image the old drive to the new drive. (provided the new is bigger then the old) Then you can shut down, unplug and take out the old HD and put the device you took out back in, and everything will be just like before except more space. :)
 
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