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Changing Hard drive and motherboard

Q: Changing Hard drive and motherboard

This is what I want to do.Transfer everything from my ide on my computer to a sata drive on my computer and then use it in a new computer that I"m building.I had to slow down the drive to sata1 to get it to work in old computer.Drives are maxtor ide and Western Digital sata 2.I have both softwares.Running win xp pro all updates applied.Any help is going to be appreciated.
TIA,Allenv

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Preferred Solution: Changing Hard drive and motherboard

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A: Changing Hard drive and motherboard

You can transfer files and data but you will need to install Windows clean on new build...fine to have files and data on the drive in a separate partition so you do not format the whole drive by accident and lose everything, or use sata drive for clean install and then jumper the ide drive as slave and use whatever you want from it in new build.

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Hello,

Nice to meet you

I have problem, after changing motherboard and cpu from AMD and intel, my windows go to infinite repair loop and drive letter messed up (I have 5 hardrive, with 7 partition), trying many way, failed to recover the windows, so I decided to reinstall my windows, using 1 hardrive, success, but, when I attach the rest hardrive, the drive letter messed up again, my OS drive become D and one of my hardrive become C, windows cannot boot, even failed when I try to reinstall again (cannot continue after first restart) & when choosing drive, there are warning that's all my drive unable to became boot device

now, how I can reinstall the windows?

Thanks,

Sylphan

A:Hard drive letter messed up after changing motherboard

hello, anyone can help? I just want to rid the drive letter, so I can install the windows & re-assign the hard rive...

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I'm in the middle of re-installing windows 7 right now, and migrating my drive info over, but I'd prefer to solve this. I purchased an updated asus p5n-d motherboard (from using a not very good biostar p4m890-7se). When I installed my sata hard drive that already had a copy windows 7 working and activated, I found that it wouldn't boot. So, I used win7pe and booted to find that the drive letters have been messed up. The 100 meg system reserve was now c: instead of z:, c: was now f:, d: was now e:. I tried everything. I thought I could use the diskmgmt.msc tool in win7pe but quickly realized that's just a virtual disk and wouldn't write the info to windows 7. I thought I could import the registry and use the regedit on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices but couldn't find it on the screwed up drive (it's a *.pol file isn't it)....I'm stuck. I decided to reinstall windows 7 on a new drive, use sportmau suite to copy over the information, and then use windows setting and migration tool copy most of the setting onto the new install. I'd like to solve this though. Is there anyway to boot, or re-assign the drive letters on the drive now that they're messed up. Diskpart?

Any ideas are good ideas.

thanks,

J>

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Welcome!

Try a startup repair.

You may need to mark the Windows partition as active before the repair will find your installation.

Partition - Mark as Active

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I have Vista Home Premium with two 320 GB internal hard drives © & (E). I am trying to put Vista on drive E and upgrade to Windows 7 on drive C.
I had successfully cloned the drive C of Vista onto an external hard drive and copied it to drive E (the second internal hard drive). When I copied the cloned copy of Vista to drive E, the system changed the drive letter to L. Everything was working fine and I could boot into either C or L.
In a fit of neatness I guess, I decided that I would like to have the newly labeled drive L designated as drive E again and changed it to drive E in "Disk Management" while I was booted into drive C.
Now I am unable to boot into the second internal drive. I just get a blank screen. I can get "Task Manager" but nothing else, not even the "Start" icon.
I booted back into C and changed the drive back to L, but that didn't work either.
I tried to boot the second internal drive in Safe Mode, but just got a blank screen, without the start icon.
I tried restoring to a previous date, but that wouldn't work and it only restores C anyway.
When I'm booted in drive C, it shows the second internal drive L and shows all the files and programs that should be on drive L.
How do I get the drive restored so I can boot into it?
Thanks to anyone that can help.

A:can't boot to second internal hard drive after changing drive letter

I don't know if this helps, but is drive L still marked as an "active" partition in disk management?  When you right click the partition the option should be there to do so if it is not marked as such. 

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Is it possible and feasible to change the hard drive to a solid state drive on a Toshiba Satellite Pro L300-1FK laptop.If the answer is affirmative then would appreciate as much information and guidance there is available.

A:Changing hard drive to solid state drive

I took a quick look at the specs and don't see why you couldn't. That laptop is maybe 3 or 4 years old?

What you would have to decide is if you want to attempt to transfer Windows from the current hard drive to the SSD or instead do a clean install on the SSD. Cloning/imaging can work and save time, but many would tell you to just do a clean install instead.

Good SSD brands: Intel, Crucial M4 series, Samsung 830 series.

I assume this Toshiba has only a single drive bay?

Do you have an external hard drive?

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Is there any way at all of changing the drive letter of the main hard drive - which is obviously in use? Have got it set at 'I' by accident and want to return it to 'C' drive. I know about changing other drive letters and have done so easily enough but am stuck with this one. Is it forever???

A:Changing drive letter of main hard drive

Hello silver2142

You can change the drive letter of anything except the system partition.
Unfortunately, the only real way to change the system partition letter is to wipe and reinstall.

XP won`t mind being installed on "I". It is just an inconvenience to you.

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my old pc has an ide drive my newer pc has an aya. the aya doesnt work i tried to reboot the pc it gets 1/4way through and stops working so i put the aya drive inthe old pc and it did the same thing.now i tried to put the ide in the newer pc and i got a screen that read its not configured properly how can i configure itor do i need to buy a special hard drive

i would appreciate your feed back
thanks glenn
 

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i want to change my hard drive for a larger capacity one,i have pc that is a couple of years old and has 1 TB hard drive, that hard drive still has the windows 10 os and other software on it,what i would like to know is, assuming the hard drive will fit ,will the operating software and other software work ,or would i have to use my recovery usb from my currant pc.
 

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I have hp 550 which hard 160 hard drive. Yesterday I changed the hard drive and put in a 500gb notebook hard drive. However when I switch it on it just passes the welcome screen. On the screen there just a small blinking line. Is there anyone with a solution?

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I have an old 4gb computer with Windows XPProfessional installed on it. My son 7yrs uses it to play games etc but needs more memory.
I have been given a 20gb Maxtor hard drive (Model 2B020H1) by a friend and can find my way around the inside of the Tower unit. Is it just a matter of swapping the two drivers.
The 20 gb drive has Windows XP Home installed.
Should it have one or two of the small pin links(jumpers ?) inserted, If so which pins do I link up.
Not a computer genius and hope that you understand what I mean.

My sons computer is a Pentium 3-- 128 Ram but I may double this. 4.2gb IDE Hard drive
 

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Hello, I have just purchased a new blank 3TB hard drive (Western Digital) and have been using the web for instructions how to make the drive usable - partitioning and formatting etc etc. I seem only to be able to get 2TB of the disk as usable -the partitioning is broken in to 2 parts of 2048GB and 746GB. Having consulted the web about this problem it seems the problem is the disk is in MBR mode (perhaps something i did?)which doesnt allow anything greater then 2GB when it should in fact be GPT. When i view the disk list in Computer Management of Windows it reads as follows: Type: Basic, Capacity: 2794.52GB, Unallocated Space: 2794.52GB, Status: Online, Device Type: USB, Partition style: MBR. If what i have been researching is correct it seems somehow I have to get the disk from MBR to GPT before i can begin the process of partitioning and formatting, however i am unable to find any information on how to successfully do this. Can someone please help. Im not sure what other information is needed but i'm running Vista.

Many thanks in advance.

A:Changing 3TB hard drive from MBR to GPT

I am assuming this is USB disk. Download the free Partition Wizard for home and use the MBR to GPT conversion wizard.
 
http://www.partitionwizard.com/help/convert-MBR-disk-to-GPT-disk.html
 
Edit: Some additional info.
 

 
User should be aware that data will be erased while converting MBR to GPT. Please refer following steps of how to use MiniTool Partition Wizard to convert MBR to GPT.
 

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Hello,

I have a Sony VAIO VGN-NW270F laptop and I started getting the "A SMART event occured" message, so I bought a new hard drive. I have recovery disks that I created when I bought the computer about a year ago.

I put the new hard drive in and booted up the computer with the #1 recovery cd in the disk drive. The new hard drive is not recognized and the recovery option do not seem to apply to putting in a new hard drive. It prompts me to click a "select driver" button which takes me to the X drive files and the recovery disk files, but I cannot find a driver in either. Can anyone point me in the right direction and tell me what I need to do to install this new hard drive?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I recently reformated my hard drive in order to scourge away some viruses I managed to accumulate and could not remove. After the reformating, I installed windows XP and most things seem to be working just fine. The only problem is my hard drive is now labeled F:, rather than C:. At least one program I would like to use is apparently having troube with this.
How can I change my F: drive to a C: drive?
Thanks.
 

A:Changing my hard drive's name

Reformat.
 

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My computer is
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8094 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000, -1984 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 917 GB (681 GB Free);
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 04G65K
Antivirus: Norton Security Suite, Enabled and Updated
Watched Carey Holzman's video on updating an i7 computer to SSD drive.
Is it advisable to update my computer with i5 drive to SSD?
 

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I have a Pent. 4, 800 mhz running win98 with 2 hard drives. The C drive, which is the boot drive, is on its way out - with several bad sectors. Right now it's limping along, but I'm able to boot it up. I'd like to replace it, but I'm not exactly sure how to go about it. Should I install win98 on the other hard drive (D) and somehow have it boot to that drive before I take out the defective drive? Any help would be appreciated.
 

A:Changing out hard drive

Closing duplicate, reply here:

http://forums.techguy.org/showthread.php?s=&postid=1017313#post1017313
 

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I have a Pent. 4, 800 mhz running win98 with 2 hard drives. The C drive, which is the boot drive, is on its way out - with several bad sectors. Right now it's limping along, but I'm able to boot it up. I'd like to replace it, but I'm not exactly sure how to go about it. Should I install win98 on the other hard drive (D) and somehow have it boot to that drive before I take out the defective drive? Any help would be appreciated.
 

A:Changing out hard drive

I would get a new drive and put it in as the new "C" and reload win98 leaving the existing "D" untouched.

If you have installed any applications on the "D" drive you will have to reload them.
 

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ok first off i have 2 hard drives on my pc. my hp recovery which is C drive where xp is installed and the main hard drive i use which is D.

i wanted to change the name of my C drive to something else so i was playing around and went to this link here(see below). i went into Regedit.exe and into HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, SYSTEM, and then MountedDevices and changed the name of C drive into M drive and i changed my D drive into C. i restarted and now windows wont load properly. i cant get to my desktop, im stuck at the blue windows xp load screen just before you get to the desktop.

how can i change the letters of the drives back to the way they were before without being able to access my desktop. i obviously screwed up windows since it doesnt recognze itself on the new drive, so i need to change it back.

http://www.ehow.com/how_5959344_chan...m-drive-c.html

A:I need help with changing a hard drive name

All you had to do was right click on your hard drive in explorer and change the name. You shouldn't be playing in the registry if you aren't sure what you're doing.

Reboot and keep tapping your F8 key then select Last Good Configuration.

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Based on feedback attained here it seems as if I am going to buy a SSD to replace my current hard drive. My question now is, how do i transfer my OS and other stuff created on it to my new SSD. I assume I need to create an image of my current drive and do something along these lines:
[1]Create image of drive which now holds Win7 and sits on the C: drive.
[2] install new SSD drive
[3] Copy image from old HD to new SSD.
[4] Shut down PC.
It is here that things get fuzzy. Do I remove my old drive at this point and before the system boots up go to my BIOS and tell it where C: my boot drive now sits or......?
Oh and another thing. Will Microsoft now think I have a new PC or something? I mean would I need to re-register my win7 serial number or what-have-you?

A:Changing from hard drive to SSD what do I do about my OS

  
Quote: Originally Posted by pintree3


I assume I need to create an image of my current drive and do something along these lines:
[1]Create image of drive which now holds Win7 and sits on the C: drive.
[2] install new SSD drive
[3] Copy image from old HD to new SSD.
[4] Shut down PC.
It is here that things get fuzzy. Do I remove my old drive at this point and before the system boots up go to my BIOS and tell it where C: my boot drive now sits or......?
Oh and another thing. Will Microsoft now think I have a new PC or something? I mean would I need to re-register my win7 serial number or what-have-you?


It's not likely you will have to re-register. A new hard drive isn't "a new PC".

Your first decision point is "do I do a clean install or do I try to transfer/restore my existing system".

The former is less likely to be problematic, but it's up to you to decide if you want to do the latter. The latter usually works, but occasionally requires troubleshooting and problems.

I'm assuming for the following comments that you don't want to do a clean install.

You must then decide if you want to use cloning or imaging. They are different. Your list above assumes imaging is to be used.

For imaging, your steps would generally be:

1: Choose an application to do it; Macrium Reflect Free Edition is a common choice.
2: Install Macrium and make an image file of your current C partition and also of your system reserved partit... Read more

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Hey there,
So I just ran into a problem with my External Western Digital Hard Drive. Previously, my drive was mapped as the E Drive (I believe) and after taking it down and setting it up again (when i moved back to college), my external hard drive switched drive names on me. This really sucks, as my external drive stores all of my iTunes music and now when i run iTunes, it tries to find the music from the E Drive location and not the G Drive location. Is there an easy way I can change the letter drives so that I don't have to reimport all of my music? Thanks!
 

A:Hard Drive Letters Keep Changing!

Sure, Right Click on My Computer, Manage, Disk Management. Right click on the drive graphic and change it's drive letter.
 

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Hi all,

I'm running Windows XP SP3.
My external hard disk drive letter keeps changing every time i plug it out and back in again.
For example, if have assigned it to H:\, after plugging it out and plugging it back in again it changes to I:\.
It happens every single time and there is no way to change it back to H:\ as it disappears from the "Change Drive Letter" drop down list in "Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management>Disk Management".
The only way to make the letter come back into the drop down list is to restart my computer.

Please help, i've tried almost everything except reformatting my computer which is something i dont want to do.

Thanks in advance,
Brian ^_^

A:Hard Drive Letter Keeps Changing

Hi, welcome to TSF,

are you removing it in the correct manner, i.e. using the 'safely remove hardware' option from your systray?

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I recently just reformatted and added in another HDD. The old setup was a WD 500GB, Hitachi 1TB, and Seagate 1TB, with a Asus DVD drive all installed through Sata connectors.
When I formatted the F drive, being the Hitachi 1TB, it took the OS just fine and I was able to install all my programs and games. Though when I removed the WD 500GB and installed a newer WD 2TB there seems to be a huge problem.
My drive lettering has automatically changed, forcing the F drive to a G drive, the D drive, which was the DVD drive, has been changed to F.
I've gone through dos prompts from the only known source I can get to, a win 7 install disk in recovery options. Yet every time I change the lettering through diskpart in dos, it never sticks.
Can anyone help me in this terrible predicament.

A:Hard drive letter changing?

MS info here Changing, adding or removing a drive letter - Windows Help

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So here's the issue..
All of my music that I play off iTunes is on an external hard drive labeled "F."

When I recently turned on my external HD the computer assigned it the "H" drive. Of course, when I try to play music in iTunes, it can't find the music because the "F" drive doesn't exist. I've tried to get the computer to force this external HD to stay as the "F" drive (because otherwise the music won't play since it's searching for the F Drive) but to no avail. Any way I can fix this? Hope this made sense
 

A:Changing Hard Drive Letters

One way would be to let iTunes search for and archive the music again.

Another would be start>control panel>Admin tools>computer management> disk managment.
 

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Hi
recently i put in a new DVD rewriter in my pc wich changed the driver location of my removable hard drive . It has 1900 artist on there wich are all in itunes and i dont want to change the locatinn of the songs and so is there any way of changing the location of the hard drive from :F to :G. Some one said there was a way of doing it from the administarative tools in control pannel. Please say if you know a way of changing it. My career depends on you!!!!!!.
 

A:Changing hard drive location

The easiest way is to right click on your "my computer", select manage, then storage, then disk management. Then just right click and select Change Drive Letter and Paths.

What i tend to do is set say my cd burner to z then arrange the hard drives as i want, then change the burner from z to the lowest available letter - as an example.
 

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Ok, I just got home tonight to realize that my laptop hard drive is dead. I'm not sure if it is from overheating, or what, but I turned it off and am going to mess with it tomorrow. I am wondering how hard it would be for me personally to replace that hard drive with a new one. And if it is even possible to take that hard drive out and put it in my desktop and see if it is totally dead or what. My thoughts are that it got hacked and someone put a hard drive killer on it, because it has been working fine, without any problems lately. I hate to think this, but until I investigate a little that is the only thing I have been thinking about. Anyway.....If anyone has replaced or exchanged a laptop hard drive before I would like some input about how hard it is. I am very computer literate, and know a lot about them (desktops, never laptops). So this isn't a n00b job Or if anyone has any suggestions as to what I can do to check.

Right now the only thing it wants to do is boot from the network. I enter the bios and my primary master isn't recognized, it says NONE. It is a KDS Valiant laptop. If you need more specs I'll look them up, but I'm sure it has nothing to do with that.
 

A:Changing out laptop hard drive????

It sure be fairly easy to change the hard drive. It will probably be a 2.5" device, and you should be able to get at it, simply be sliding a panel off the bottom of the laptop.

As for connecting it to a Desktop, you will need either a 2.5" - 3.5" hard drive adapter or a 2.5" external hd enclosure (USB/Firewire).
 

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if I replace the hard drive of my laptop hp envy 17 j113el, with an SSD , could i lose my warranty?

A:Changing hard drive, what about warranty?

HI. Despite being considered a consumable device, only by opening the equipment does the warranty be lost, my recommendation is to take the equipment to a specialized HP center or wait for the warranty period to expire. http://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/ww-contact-us.html Regards.





? I do not work for HP, I volunteer.? To close the topic, check "accept as a solution" the correct answer or Thumb to say thank you.? I'm sorry but you do not answer questions privately.

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I have changed my Gigabyte GA-7ZX with Athlon 900mhz for a ECS K7S5A and Athlon XP 1800 Thoroughbred .

I have a 40 Gb HDD that was on the GA-7ZX with Win XP Pro with a lot of work on it and saved to Norton Ghost.

The question I am asking do you think I will have much problem transferring the 40Gb HDD with the Win XP Pro to the ECS K7S5A /athlon Xp 1800 combination .

Hope I have explained it properly

Thanks in advance
 

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I have 2 Hard drives, can I change the drive letters? and,if so, how? in xp/pro.
 

A:Changing hard drive letters

You can change drive letters in disk management as long as it is not a system drive [where windows is installed]. Just right click the drive you want to change and select change driver / path from the menu.

It is possible to change a system drive letter, however I do not recommend that you do so. It is an involved process and many apps will need to be reinstalled.
 

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I have a computer that I want to put a bigger hard drive in. It is a Dell Optiplex 210L. I am trying to put a 400 gb Toshiba SATA in and I have already loaded Windows XP on it. It works in my computer that I loaded the program on, but when I went to put it in the Optiplex it won't boot. It gives me an option to either hit F1 or F2. When I do either, I always end up at the same place, the dos screen with the F1 or F2 messages.
Do I need to load the program on the hard drive from the Optiplex, or does that not make a difference?
 

A:Problem changing to a new hard drive

According to the original system specs it only supports drives up to 160GB
http://www.dell.com/us/en/dfh/desktops/optix_210l/pd.aspx?refid=optix_210l&cs=22&s=dfh

There may have been a bios update to support larger drives. I would put the old drive in and update the BIOS from the Dell website. And you can't install Windows from one computer and move the hard drive to another computer (well, not easily). If it does get passed the boot screen after the BIOS update I would reinstall Windows on the 400GB drive.
 

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Very long story, but this is the short one. What is the easiest way to replace a 20gig WD Hard Drive C with a 40 gig? I am worried about not having an OS once the hard drive is removed. I have W98 2nd edition on CD of course. I am worried about a boot disk or something that will have CD rom drivers on it! I have added drives as slaves in the past, but not the master... Please Help... Current OS is supposed to be dual boot with W2000 Pro & W98, but W98 will not work. This is all new, was using W98. Have been having problems with the 20 gig drive. I have the 40 gig already.
 

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My old hard drive is failing bad). Takes 2-3 minutes from boot up before I can even open internet explorer or any app and the app icons are all white squares until then. Can?t play Battlefield 4 without freezing and hearing beep beep in the background as if Windows has just had a new drive plugged in. Ordered a new HD and coming tomorrow.

So if I replace my C failing drive(I assume its that one which has my OS on it thats failing) and reinstall W7 and not my D Drive(Seperate HD) which has my steam and origin games on it, will the steam and origin games still work or do I have to reinstall those too?

A:Changing Hard Drive and Reinstalling W7?

Steam may have some issues when it begins to look for the game files themselves.

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Well. I just bought a new laptop yesterday. It's got a SDD, and 2 HDD's. The thing is, the SDD is my C: drive. So whenever I install a program, it defaults to install on the SDD which is not big enough for that at all, as right now it's simply holding the OS. Is there a way I can perhaps rename the drives so programs always install to my other drives, rather then this SDD?

A:Changing default hard drive?

You don`t want to rename any drives or change the letters now. That should only be done when you format a drive, to many things could go wrong. When you install a program just change the drive letter in the path from C: to the hard drive you want to install it on. It will still put all the usual stuff in the start menu.

For example. Instead of C: program/files/ccleaner change it to D: program/files/ccleaner or whatever the case may be. It will still put an icon on your desktop if you choose to or you can always put it in the taskbar. The icon will still be in the start menu.

And if you really need the space you could always uninstall a program on C: and install it to the other drive. But be very careful as you don`t want to loose anything you have paid for and can`t find the activation code. Hope this helps.

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Hey guys. I have 2 hard drives and 1 is a lot bigger than the main one. I was wondering if I changed them around would my computer run faster and how I would go about doing this, what I mean is make my larger hard drive my default disk C if possible? http://i1281.photobucket.com/albums/a515/Conor471/2_zpse7002c3f.jpg
 

A:Changing which hard drive is primary.

Do you actually have two hard drives or one hard drive with two partitions? Please answer this with a screen shot of the Disk Management window. If you need help with a screen shot see TSG Posting a Screenshot. FWIW to take screen shots with Windows 8 or 7 or Vista I prefer to use the built-in Snipping Tool.
 

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I want to switch a hard drive from one computer w/ motherboard to another. I tried, but it just kept restarting. Any suggestions?
 

A:Solved: changing hard drive

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The Windows 7 "Disk Management" utility fulfills some basic partition management functions. However it is limited. The Open Source GParted is a full featured partition management utility and is easy to use. In the following example, the Windows 7 partition (labled X) needed to be expanded. Unfortunately, as it was the second partition, Windows 7 was unable to move the partition to the left and absorb the unallocated space.

Here, step by step, is how to use GParted to change the partition size:1. Go to this site and download "SystemRescueCD". GParted is one of the programs on the CD. After burning the ISO to CD, you have a bootable, live cd (meaning the programs run off of the CD and nothing needs to be installed to the hard drive) that you can boot to and run the program.2. You can use Windows 7 to burn the ISO file to CD which will make it bootable.3. Boot to your SystemRescueCD and this is what you should see:4. Press ENTER to boot and continue. 5. Press enter to use the default keyboard and continue. 6. TYPE: startx to open the graphical user interface. 7. GParted is the icon next to the start button. A single click will start it. 8. Right click on the partition you wish to change and select "Resize/Move". 9. Make changes to the partition with the sliding bars. 10. Click the green check mark, and verify with "Apply". 11. When the process is finished, click "Close". 12. Exit GParted ... 13. ... and Exit the GUI. 14. Final... Read more

A:Hard Drive Partitions - Changing with GParted

Nice find on the System Rescue CD.. As a long time Linux user, I have used gparted quite a few times.. A Ubuntu Live cd is always in my toolkit for instances like these...

Another fine tutorial..

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My PC came with a Raid 0 hard drive configuration. I have the main drive (C) cloned to a third drive (F) with Acronis software.
I suspect one of the Raid drives is failing. Realizing all data on the aray will be lost if I lose a drive in the aray, what is my best course of action?
 

A:Changing a Raid 0 Hard drive config.

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I have a notebook computer with Win XP and a 20 gig HD. That HD just isn't large enough for my traveling files. I am going to install a larger HD and I was looking for some way to just make a DISK image of the whole thing onto an external drive connected to the notebook through the USB port. I really don't want to start from scratch and reinstall everything. I currently have the main disc partitioned into 3 partitions. C: for the OS, D: for applications, and E: for data. F:, the external drive, is strictly for backup.

If this can be done, how do I do it? Do you know of anywhere I can find a step-by-step plan to do the job I want to do? I am pretty much a dummy on this sort of thing. Any help you can give me on this will be greatly appreciated.

Regards, Bob
 

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hello all.

i recently had some issues with my HD. apparently, it just crapped out, i have my new one now, a Seagate 160Gb Sata interface. my comp is a Gateway M680. i installed the HD, ran the setup disk, and after restarting i got this:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
System32\DRIVERS\pci.sys

windows support says its due to incompatible or damaged hardware. this is a brand new HD and i cant see how it would be incompatible. i could really use assistance, im getting tired of using my sisters tiny laptop. any help is greatly appreciated

A:error message after changing hard drive

try re-installing the drivers by doing a repair install using your Windows CD

Boot from CD
select install at the first window
Hit F8 when asked to agree to EULA
Select R when the next window arrives with your installed partition highlighted

If it's not SP 1 or SP 2, have your SATA drivers ready .. like you did the time you re-installed windows

also have your Reg Key ready.

XP will re-install ONLY the drivers to your PC .. just be patient and wait for the install to complete

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I am running XP Pro on a rebuilt Dell PIII. The original hard drive is 7G, so I added a 300G slave for storage. My plan now was to change the 300G drive to the Master drive. I reformatted, booted from my XP disc & installed the OS on the "new" 300G drive. Then I switched the jumper & cable so it was in the master position......and nothing.
It starts up, tells me to hit F2 for setup or F1 to continue. When I hit F1, it goes to a blank screen with flashing cursor, but no command line.
What did I do wrong?
 

A:Changing a hard drive from slave to master

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Hey,

Just a quick one really im getting a new SATA HD when in the next few weeks of so, i know its gonna be over 750GB but that all i know atm. Anyhow just in your opinion what the best way of changing the hard drive from an old ATA to the new one and keeping the old Vista install. Ive got it set up how i like it and it seems to be going good so how can i keep it.

Thanks
 

A:Changing hard drive and keeping install

Imaging: http://www.techspot.com/vb/post664079-2.html
That's the easiest way

The best way would be to re-install clean
 

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Hi.. hard drive crashed and need to replace. Will Acer send me a disc so I can load all of the factory drivers back on to my system? Thanksjames

A:Hi... changing my hard drive on a acer 5600U-U13....

Hello, You can buy the factory recovery media (OS+apps+drivers) from your Acer store or download only the drivers for your AIO from the Acer support website according your OS.

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The HDD on my sisters Averatec 3700 failed recently. She wants to just put in a new one. I've checked Averatecs website and the manual for the 3700 and no where can I on either can I find info on changing this out, let alone how to get to it. I've done some searches on the net, and all the forums I've bumped into so far have just linked to the manual which says nothing. I'm hoping someone here can help, like they always do

Thanks
 

A:Changing hard drive in Averatec 3700

I've also had to replace a hard drive on this crappy laptop. I finally found a great site with illustrations here:
http://www.larwe.com/technical/av3715-open.html

May the force be with you.

Tyrone
 

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I run two 80GB Seagate hard drives, each with three partitions on them. I use C drive to put windows on, D drive for my apps and E drive for music files, pictures, video etc. On the second hard drive I skip the F drive in case I ever need to load another operating system on it and on G and H, I mirror what's on my D and E drives for backup purposes. I do this through a software sync program. It's not a RAID setup.

Anyway, about three weeks ago I was refomatting. I do this alot because I'm kind of a perfectionist and I want everything installed perfectly. I also tend to mess with the registry a little to much, because I like it clean and without errors, but that's another topic!

But this time I was reformating it was right after I had to installed a new second hard drive and partition it. I'll come back to why I mentioned that in a second.

During my last two reformats, after I loaded Vista, I went to my computer and noticed that some of the Drive letters had changed on both hard drives. I can't remember exactly which letters changed to what, but it was like my D drive, I believe was now F and so on. All in all, three drives had changed or switched around drive letters. The data was all still there on partitions C, D and E, but the letters were off.

I even checked in Windows Vista Disk Management and noticed the changes there too. But I wasn't about to use the Disk Management tool to make any changes back to the right way. For that, I fire... Read more

A:Hard drives changing drive letters!

Windows assigns drive letters every time you boot up, so if you continually make changes to partitions you are going to see different drive letters.
 

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well ive been having a lot of trouble with norton ghost. it doesnt seem to boot right unless i disable all aditional drivers and such, but even when i do that i have no place to save the image file. for some reason it doesnt let me save it on the 2nd HD. anyways, back to the real question.

i got a new HD because my old one was too small. my old one was 5 GB and the new one is 80 GB. ive got Win XP on both and pretty much everything on the little one is on the big one too now. the only problem is i need to have the little one plugged in because that has the system boot info on it i guess. on disk managment, it said both are healthy but the 5 GB one is the system disk. is there anyway to change that so the 80 GB one is the system disk? maybe then i can finally get rid of my old one and put the cover back on and stop messing with it.
 

A:Changing System hard drive for HD upgrade

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Hi.. hard drive crashed and need to replace. Will Acer send me a disc so I can load all of the factory drivers back on to my system? Thanksjames

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I have gotten an Error message: Smart Hard disk error, has detected an imminent failure. Please back up and run Hard disk test.I did that and it failed. I have no warranty so I am trying to do it myself.  I have a 640GB (5400RPM) Hard drive; I want to replace it with 1TB. Does it have to be the same 5400RPM? Does make and model make a difference? And I don?t have a backup for the operating system, where can I get one? Any suggestions or tips or stuff I am missing on the procedure to change the hard drive & operating system? Please advise. Thanks

A:Changing hard drive & operating system

First thing: where do you live (country)? It does not have to be a 5400 rpm and in fact I would say you should not install a 5400 rpm drive. Get at least a 7200 rpm model or better yet, a solid state drive.  Your was originally a Windows 7 machine and Windows 7 is hard to get now. There is no free place to download it and HP no longer stocks Windows 7 recovery disks. Did you every by any chance do the free Windows 10 upgrade? If you did then Windows 10 is a free download and you would not need a Key Code it will just activate. If not we can perhaps help you find a Windows 7 recovery disk from a third party vendor.  If you live in the US here is a 7200 rpm 1 TB drive which would be the minimum thing I would use for a reinstall.  https://www.amazon.com/HGST-Travelstar-2-5-Inch-Internal-0J22423/dp/B00B4QESVQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qi... Brand of hard drive is not relevant. They are all interchangeable, generic. The only thing that matters is dimensions and the one linked above is the correct size. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpV8-UaGWac if this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it.    

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I installed a used hard drive i bought on ebay that had a xp pro on it. My old hd had the same. After installing the hard drive and turning on compter I got the blue screen with error codes that I checked online, were for driver issues. I tried to boot in safe mode but got blue screen again. I have the needed drivers that I had put on cd a while back. Is there any way to get past the blue screen so I can install the needed drivers for my pc ?
I have a Dell Optiplex 745. Running xp Pro
 

A:HELP- Blue screen after changing hard drive

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