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External Hard Drive -> Main Hard Drive


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I recently purchased a 250gb hard drive which has way more capacity than the 80gb hard drive my cpu has which is completely full. Is it safe to use the new external hard drive as the main hard drive for the computer and should I transfer all my files to this hard drive?
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You have no choice but to install the new drive and put Windows on it, then use the old, 80g drive as a backup for your data. Reason being, if you carry on running Windows on the existing drive which you say is full, your PC will just run slower and slower and keep crashing. Windows needs plenty of "breathing space" to run properly (ie empty space to move files around between RAM and virtual memory). Without it you'll always have a problem.
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What would be the easiest way to do this?
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Is the 250gb drive an external ? As you indicated in your 1st post, or is it an IDE or SATA that would mount in the computer?
That makes the differance. Even if it would mount in the comp, I would mount it and transfer, UNLESS YOU ARE HAVE OS ISSUES WITH THE 80GB.
If it is a USB external, then you can move all your data to the external. That would free the main 80 gb.
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It is an external hard drive. How can I transfer all the data to the hard drive, just drag and drop it?
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Copy and paste.
Drag and drop.
Only data, NOT programs.
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thanks for the help
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