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Upgrading a old hard drive

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Hey guys first off I want to thank you guys. With your help I did manage to build my friend that computer and it works great!!!!! NOw I need your help for myself :).........I have a pretty old Sony Viao and the partition is really stupid (C drive has 16.9 while the D drive has somewhere around 145).

1) Is there a way merge to the partitions without losing the OS on the hard drive?
2) If I cant do the first. Is there a way to replace the old hard drive (for a larger of course) and be able to carry over my OS I currently have.

The problem is that the computer came pre-installed with no OS cd. So I cannot simple just reformat and reinstall the OS

Thanks for the help!

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You can merge the partitions with software called "Partition Magic" and yes it is magic. Personally i like 2 partitions on my computers. A 30 to 40 gig partition for the OS and a second partition for all data. That way when i am playing around with software programs and the system gets borked i just reinstall to the "C" os partition and all my data is still there untouched.

Another piece of software i really love is Acronis True Image. I use this software to make my own recovery CD's and DVD's that i use to completely reinstall my OS with all the programs i have added to it.

As to migrating the system to a larger hard drive, i have successfully used Paragon Drive Copy dozens of times to do just that. I have copied 10 gig systems to 160 gig drives and similar. I have not tried copying to SATA drives yet. i am waiting for someone who will let me try this on their computer. XP has been so good i have not found a computer that has needed this yet.

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