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How do I move my operating system


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Tazz1037

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I just added a second harddrive (also see post in the Hardware forum) and I want to move my operating system to the new harddrive so I can replace the old one and have two new ones. How do I move it?
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You miight try HDClone 3.1. I haven't used it but it sounds like it should do the trick.
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Well creating a perfect byte-for-byte copy of your hard drive will require a disk imaging utility. The most popular and effective ones are Acronis True Imager, Drive Backup, and Partition Magic. Expect to pay around $50, however they are very effective and come with many other options. I myself purchased Partition Magic 8.0 when I wanted to copy the contents of my 7 GB drive to my 80 GB. Within an hour I was able to boot off of the new 80 GB with all my data intact.
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Personally I would go for a new format/Re-install of the OS

But I think that if you Have the New disk formatted, you can open the current Drive and enable the viewing of everything on that drive, then do a simple copy paste to the new drive. May or may not work. After copy completes... If it completes. Just swap position of the HARD Drive and try loading the system without the old one. Costs no money, and if it doesn't work. No real Harm.
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Personally I would go for a new format/Re-install of the OS

But I think that if you Have the New disk formatted, you can open the current Drive and enable the viewing of everything on that drive, then do a simple copy paste to the new drive. May or may not work. After copy completes... If it completes.


@Immortalarena

You will get a "Access Denied Error" on the system folders so those will not copy.The imaging Program has to do that.



@Tazz

What I would recommend so your OS is clean. Is On the old drive create a folder (Whatever You name it) and use the "File settings and transfer wizard" Start / Programs / Acessories / System Tools .

When it asks just say "this is old drive".Choose all the settings and folders you want backed up.


Install the OS on the new drive "with the old drive out" Do all the microsoft updates.Load any programs you want in it .Do a disk defrag.

Put the old drive in as slave then use the "File setting transfer Wizard again on the new machine but this time when it asks you will say "it is the new computer" ,then point it to the folder you made on the old one.

Check out whatever else you want to move (Pictures,Movies,Music ect... with copy and pasting from old to new .Then do what you want with the old one,keep it as back up as is or (Once you are satisfied you have Everything you want off of it and running Ok) Format it clean for a blank(New ) Storage drive.

If you make an image with the software greatmightypoo suggested of your drive "old" now and it is buggered in any way with Spyware/Malware,Left Over.(Which those are good suggestions of software if you go that route)
Improperly Uninstall Programs,Corrupt files.It will be buggered on the new drive also.So all you gained was a newer drive with the same problems.

If anything use that software to take a snapshot of it once it is done and loaded and fully updated.So you always have a FRESH copy of your machine.



EDIT::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

Make sure you have all your drivers together for any hardware you have before you start this process.Some drivers are not easy to find.Or in some rare cases not at all because they are not supported anymore.You just dont want to get stuck 1/2 way through and find this out.

In other words get your S^%$ together before hand
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P.S. I saw your Hardware Post and it doesn't show because it is not initialized and formatted.

P.S.S

On a side note I never used any of the image software above so I don't know if this applies but in Nortons "Ghost" you have to use the same exact size drives.Or at least the one getting the snap shot has to be bigger than th "Old " one.So check into that also.

Example:

Old / New

80 GIG to 80 GIG Works

80 GIG to 120 GIG Works

80 GIG to 60 GIG Wont work


Just my 2cents, If it made any :whistling:


Good Luck

Regards,

TakeBK

Edited by TakeBK, 01 April 2006 - 06:41 PM.

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