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Walker

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Well I am replacing my internal 75GB with a 200GB and I had a question. What is the easiest way to transfer all my data on this HD to the other one and start booting up off the new one?

I am guessing I should just install the new HD and copy & paste everything over and then remove the old hard drive and boot up. Would that work, or are there other steps I need to take?

I'm going to attempt this little project tonight, so let me know of any tips! thanks.
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Two words for ya buddy. Norton Ghost.

It will completely copy everything from one drive to another. It's a bit tricky to use but it is going to be your best bet. :whistling:

Good luck with the copying of files. I've done it the hard way.
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Some drive manufacturers have utilities to copy everything over, otherwise Ghost is a good idea.

Trying to manually copy the files will not work since some of the system files will not copy or not copy properly.
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Even better, Microsoft has a feature that does all of this automatically!! Copies files, settings, registry entries, everything! Under Accessories/System Tools - File and Settings Transfer Wizard. Quick and easy. Quick and easy.
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Well I ended up doing all the copying with a program that came with the HD, and now I have one problem. Whenever I start up on the new drive it asked me what OS to start and it shows two selections for Windows (default). How can I get rid of this? All 74GB of my old HD are now on this one, but I can't figure out why it would think there are two installations of the OS.
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Any ideas?
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I am aware of the dual boot, but since I mainly deal with Linux, I am not sure of how to control it.

You might want to start a new topic to ask that question since it is a separate topic, in a way. Otherwise, you will need to wait until someone can answer that.
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