Hardware/program transfers, etc.

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Brian666

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This is more of a report than anything else, but it deals with many questions I see asked.

You've heard "backup, backup, backup" so many times you're sick of it. But take it from one who's "been there," your life will be a lot happier if you do.

I've tried all manner of schemes, but the best and least worrisome is to use Drive Image and Partition Magic, both programs from PowerQuest. (I think Symantec bought them out, so I don't know how good their support will be. However, they're both mature programs and there's not much to go wrong with them.)

Drive Image lets you make an exact duplicate of a drive, including settings, and it's pretty easy to restore your system in event of a crash. Just make sure the image isn't on the same drive where the crash might occur, such as your C:\ drive. Maybe park it on a USB external one.

Partition Magic lets you move or copy entire drives to other locations on your system, adjust partition sizes, change their format (FAT, FAT32, NTSF), and a lot of other neat stuff - things you can't possibly do using FDISK. It's a bit tricky to master, but there are a lot of opportunities to abort before making the final changes.

Partiton Magic also has a drive "mapper" program, so when you change stuff from one drive to another, it will re-map the pointers so you don't have to reinstall all of your applications manually.

Both programs have helped me when I've moved physical drives between machines. I consider them a good investment.
 
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