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Copying the C system drive for drive hardware update.

Q: Copying the C system drive for drive hardware update.

Is it possible to copy the C system drive to a second newer drive for hardware update.

If the new drive was first connected as a secondary drive to the computer then
copy complete C drive to it. After that process is complete then I could
replace the old copied C drive with the new drive.
Is it possible to do that? If so is there some kind of software in need to ensure
I have a complete copy?

The system I am using has windows 7 on it.

I would think this would be legal because it is just for updating my C drive
with a newer drive hardware.

I would think that would be a lot easier than trying to reinstall windows and programs I all ready
have on this machine.

Thank you,

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Preferred Solution: Copying the C system drive for drive hardware update.

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

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I just copied a system image from one drive to another by dragging it from Explorer. It copied fine. I just wanted to make sure that this is OK, the image will still be viable.

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I removed the hard drive out of my old system and hooked it into my new system to copy over all the data. It's an old Maxtor, pushing 5 years old by now. I moved the jumper over to slave, copied the data, and kept it out for a couple of weeks.

When I re-installed it into the original box (both computers run XP- the old system runs Home edition, new box runs Pro), it gave me the blue HP welcome screen, and then nothing but a blinking cursor. I switched it back to Master, and re-booted it. Same deal. I removed all peripherals, rebooted, and the only thing I got was:

Master boot record error

After re-starting a couple more times, I got the "Operating system not found," and "Push any key" (I think it was) errors.

Finally, I removed the drive back to the new system- and all my data are there. All of it, fortunately, has been copied over to the new drive.

The drive has its own built-in recovery partition; I can't seem to get into it.

While I'm not above just re-loading the entire OS and doing away with all my old data, it sure would be nice not to have to do this. Any suggestions?
 

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Hi there,

I run an XP Intel core2 quad [email protected] , 2GB of RAM.

I recently bought a new 500GB SATA internal hard disk. I have installed it and formatted it and it is now working and visible on my computer for additional space. Only thing is, i want that to be my system drive now. The drive my system is on now is only 70 GB and i need more space on my system drive.

Can someone help me out? i want to copy all of the files/settings/programs from my system drive (the 70 GB one), onto the new one. Once i do that i want to reformatt the old one and use it as extra space. I have so many programs updated stuff and information on my system i really want to avoid having to install everything and go through everything again. I have looked at a couple sites on the net but i couldnt find anything that was really clear and step by step. I downloaded a version of Norton Ghost 14 but i am not quite sure how to use it.

If someone could help me out i would be real grateful.
Cheers.

A:Changing system drive to new disk & copying files

Model/Make of New and OLD hard disk ?

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Hi guys,

Today a friend of mine came to get some files from my computer and we ran into a bit of a problem.

We were copying some huge files using windows explorer, some were around 10GB in size. Total size of about 90GB. Check system specs please. We were copying from the RAID spindle drives to the USB. Write caching enabled from Intel Rapid Storage driver ver. 10.5.0.1015.

While the copying was going on, the system was getting pauses. Getting unresponsive. I got a Skype call, and the video froze while I could hear the audio. We stopped the copying, and then PC was back to normal. Then we resumed copying and while it was taking a long time, we tried to play Crysis 2. And it was getting pauses of like 5 seconds after every 30 seconds or so. The game is installed on the SSD array. There was no direct intervention between the copying and the game, as far as the drives were concerned.

While the copying was going on, we noticed another thing. The activity LED would not light up continuously. It would light up for about 5 seconds, and then turn off. But the USB drive was busy.

I checked with my portable drive and it was also same.

Then we tried copying from the backup drive as I had the same stuff there too, and again it was the same result.

I googled for this problem, but could not find out a solid answer. Some were saying that the problem was with Windows 7, some were saying it was the Intel AHCI driver, some were saying it is a problem with explorer.

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A:Copying files to USB Portable Hard Drive stalls system

Teracopy (and technically robocopy or xcopy) would not use the same exact API call tree to copy a file from one drive to another, so I'd bet if you used xcopy or robocopy they'd work properly. If that is the case, it would sound like either a filesystem filter driver issue, or perhaps an explorer shell extension (perhaps antivirus?) that would be something to look at.

A procmon running while the file copy was going (slowly especially) might yeild clues too. You could always use the keyboard to crash the machine and generate a kernel dump to be completely sure (you'd have to change the default dump type in sysdm.cpl from minidump to kernel, though, before doing so, and reboot).

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This happens consistently. Once between 1 and 2 gigs has copied, I get the blue screen. I have tried copying in safe mode, using TeraCopy instead, nothing seems to work. This is the .dmp file:

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/416073/121412-16068-01.dmp
 

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Hello guys, I've been racking my brain trying to solve this problem for months, with no posted internet solutions working.

Problem: Attempting to copy files from a mounted network server to an HP Ultrium 6250 tape drive results in Windows security errors and prevents copying from working. It appears to be a mix of internet security settings
or permissions related, and nothing changed has worked yet.

Running Windows 8.1, and the drive has simply been mounted via map network drive as the IP of the server \\192.x.x.x with appropriate credentials. The system is able to work with files in every other regard, copy and paste locally, etc. Trying to
do the same through the tape drive is the only related "Security error" we've encountered.

This is what happens:

Windows Security
"These files might be harmful to your computer.
Your internet security settings suggest that one or more files might be harmful to your computer. Would you like to continue?"



Clicking OK results in a second warning dialog:

"An unexpected error is preventing you from copying the file. 

0x8007003A: The specified server cannot complete the operation."

Try Again, Skip or Cancel

Clicking anything but cancel will continuously pop the same dialog up for every single file. It starts with .DS_Store files, as some directories were created via OSX, but this shouldn't be a problem in theory. The server is OSX Server running on
Yosemite, conne... Read more

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I bought an HP Envy x360 - 15t. For some reason I have 2 drives C and D. C is the smaller one and D is the larger one. I'm supposed to have 1 TB drive.  I'm trying to bring my files over and there isn't enough room on the default drive C. I need help getting to the right drive and being able to go to Word and Word to be able to find them. So far I'm completely frustrated. I just got the computer so I have the 1 year warranty but HP doesn't seem to make it possible to get live support. Even a chat would be fine with me. I'm in my 70's and used to know computers. Is it just me or are they deliverately making life more difficult for people to do their own problem solving.I hope someone out there can give me step by step instructions or lead me to where to get step by step instructions.The internet connection is wireless.Thank you in advance. ljc747

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My E: drive can burn c.d.'s My F: drive can burn c.d.'s can I copy a c.d. from one drive to the other without putting it on my hard drive and if so please tell me how to accomplish this.
 

A:Copying A C.d. From One Drive To Another Without Putting It On My Hard Drive ?

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What i want to achieve is to copy the contents (250GB) to my new drive, the only issue is that it has possible infections and i dont mean typical malware garbage either.

If i was to plug the infected internal drive into the port while computer is on ofc, would that then stop all forms of the infection including risks of cross contamination because it acts only as a USB device. (autorun pre-disabled on my system)
Would this be ok to do?

please help me out with these methods and alternative options, thank you all

contents are:

pdf, exe, movie types, txt and mp3 files.

A:Copying files from an infected drive to new drive

Just a casual observation...it might help to know...just what you were/are infected with.The one thing that many seem to forget when advising re such...is that file extensions don't mean a lot when it comes to malware. To proclaim any file "safe" based on file extension...is just lacking good sense, IMO.Your question is interesting, since it often comes from users who failed to backup before the infection.I'm going to move your question to a more appropriate forum for a knowledgeable answer.Louis

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Note: not SPAM, and ad, or anything like that...just a really really long, detailed, desperate request for assistance!

Hello all competent techs!

Time is of the essence.

I'm the owner of a young, generation Y eBay company out of Manchester, New Hampshire. Among other things, we sell consumer electronics and computer components, but we specialize in hard disk storage. Specifically, we're processing more than 10,000 hard drives through our facility each month, although we are still quite a small business by many distinctions. Accordingly, we are looking for a free or very very low-cost but effective solution to our hard drive processing (testing+wiping) needs.

I am in the process of building a hard drive testing/wiping station. I have decided to use multiple retail/out of the box motherboards attached to a KVM to switch between boards since I can use them in my business (if the testing station project fails as currently designed). The MAIN GOAL is to test/wipe up to 40 hard drives at once using a total of 5 motherboards. Other project goals include:

Required: Evaluation of S.M.A.R.T. drive data for health/performance and/or very-extensive read/write testing
Required: (At least) minimal drive-format demonstration
Required: Interoperability for 1.8"/2.5"/3.5" ATA/SATA/SCSI/SAS 1.5Gbps/3.0Gbps/6.0Gbps hard drive conditions (USB support optional)
Required: Simultaneous or queued drive testing and/or wiping for at least 5 drives per motherboard
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A:Hardware/software issues w/ hard drive test/wipe system setup

Again...this is NOT spam...thanks in advance for your help. -Nick
 

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The box is a Compaq Presario running Win98. The LG CRD-8322B (CD-R, E: ) is set as Master, the Lite-On LTR-12101B (CD-RW, F: ) is Slave on the same controller.

Everything works well, system configuration is A1, etc.

But, after copying a CD (From E: to F: ), I can't access drive E: anymore (Win Explorer Drive not accessible Error box).

Rebooting Win98 clears everything.
 

A:Losing CD-R drive after copying CD on CD-RW drive

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I have a 40gb ide hard drive and I'm thinking of buying an 80Gb drive. Is there a way to copy the things from the 40gb to the 80gb and set the 80gb as master and the 40 as slave?
 

A:Help with copying files from old drive to new drive.

does the old drive contain data only or is the operating system installed to it?
you could put both drives in you pc and either copy the data to the new drive or use an imaging program, such as driveimage or ghost, and make an image of your system drive. then apply the image to your new drive and everything will be as before, just more disk space. be aware that you need a place to store the image at. can be a usb hdd...

hope this helps you
mscrx
 

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Hello all competent techs!

Let me preface this problem with my willingness to pay a reasonable fee for a solution, or for consultation resulting in a successful solution. If someone solves my problem publicly in this forum, I promise that I will find a way to STILL provide that person a cash bounty reward and/or some free hardware as a thank-you! I may also be interested in paying for consultation on an alternative implementation if it's simply not possible to do what I want using the method and setup I'm attempting. However, time is of the essence.

I'm the owner of a young, generation Y eBay company out of Manchester, New Hampshire. Among other things, we sell consumer electronics and computer components, but we specialize in hard disk storage. Specifically, we're processing more than 10,000 hard drives through our facility each month, although we are still quite a small business by many distinctions. Accordingly, we are looking for a free or very very low-cost but effective solution to our hard drive processing (testing+wiping) needs.

I am in the process of building a hard drive testing/wiping station. I have decided to use multiple retail/out of the box motherboards attached to a KVM to switch between boards since I can use them in my business (if the testing station project fails as currently designed). The MAIN GOAL is to test/wipe up to 40 hard drives at once using a total of 5 motherboards. Other project goals include:

Required: Evaluation o... Read more

A:Hardware/software issues w/ hard drive test/wipe system setup + REWARD!

Will (unfortunately) be up all night trying to figure this stuff out. Oh the joys of working in the IT industry...

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I recently got a new hard drive. The first thing I did was create a new partition. After that, I copied the contents of my C drive to the new partition using HDCopy. Next, I changed the letter of my C drive(changed it to Z) and changed the letter of my new partition to C. Now it looks like everything works, but I do have one question. When I go to windows computer management, it still says my drive that used to be C is my system drive and my NEW C drive is Page File. Here's a screen shot to help:http://i42.tinypic.com/1zxbg9e.jpgI'm wondering if this is problematic and if there's any way to make my C drive listed as the system driveThanks,Austin

A:C drive not listed as system drive in windows drive manager

Your pc is still booting to the Z drive it seems. You might want to try just backing up your stuff and doing a format so that the new drive does not contain your system root.

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 My laptop (hp pavilion b005sa) has what I believe is a c.30Gb SSD as its system C drive HDD, I have since replaced the conventional additional HDD with an SSD after the HDD failed but it is still forcing me to use the smaller SSD as its system C drive disk so that when I come to install most things it won't give me an option and it has to install to C. This has been generally fine but now I have had a Windows Update that requires more space than is available and I am totally stuck as to how to do this. It gives me an option to save to another drive but still requires 3Gb or so on C in addition which isn't available and I've uninstalled everything I can bar things like Office etc. I've done Disk Cleanup, I've searched the C drive for "gigantic" and "huge" files and apart from the Windows Installer directory which seems to like to hang onto huge files (and I can't delete according to the internet) I can't see where this space can come from. Is there no way I can tell my laptop to use the new SSD to save things to? Seems a huge oversight by HP to hamstring the computer by allocating such a small amount to C? MS are not blameless I know but still... Thanks anyone who can help. ps - all "Documents" and so on (Downloads, Pictures, everything) is mapped to the larger SSD has been like that for a long while after I realised the C drive wouldn't cope.

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I currently am running windows 8.1 x64 bit, and I am thinking of copying my entire hard drive (consisting of C & D drives using a total of 929.2 GB of space.  And wanting to get a Western Digital External Hard Drive with 1.5 TB of space.  I have been led to believe that windows 8.1 has a utility called System Image Back Up Utility (located in the Control Panel).  I have also been led to believe that this can be done completely using a bit by bit copy of the entire hard drive (programs, files, drivers, apps, utilities, etc),  But I can not fine enough info on doing this. And there are still questions, such as How do you transfer the copy from the external hard drive back onto the PC if it should completely crash? (I do have a five disk recovery set I made when I purchased my PC, but still want an additional source of a back up system.)  I can not find the procedures for copying the copy from the external hard drive to the crashed PC, and are ther better and safer programs out there to use instead of the windows system Image back up utility?  I would add that I am somewhat of an intermediate user, useing PCs since windows 95. but there are obviously issues that I need to research before attempting something this complicated and advanced.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in Advance !










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A:Copying Complete Hard Drive to an external hard drive as a b...

A description of System Image Backup can be found here.  If you want both C and D, I would suggest a clone program. Both Seagate and WD offer a free Disk Wizard Program. With the cloning process, you use an external case to perform the clone.  When disaster strikes, you swap out the drives, and continue. Personally, I make clones of my primary desktops every 30-45 days.

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Not knowing it would cause problems for me later, I setup a home built computer with a symbolic link for the Users folder from my SSD drive (system drive C) to Drive D. When I found I couldn't update to Windows 8.1 I did some research and discovered I should not have used this method for moving the Users folder and I need to move it back first in order to update.

After doing some research, I decided to follow the knowledge base article found at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2876597 as my guide to move it back to the system drive. I have started this process and I'm part way through but I have encountered a problem that I can't figure out how to solve.

I booted into safe mode with a command prompt and deleted the symbolic link on my C drive. I followed the instructions in the article to use robocopy to copy the Users folder from my D drive to my system drive but it fails because some system files (like ntuser.dat) can't be copied (presumably because they contain the system info for the account I'm logged into so I am locked out).

I'm not really sure how to get around this and I don't think I'd be able to reboot and get into my system right now unless maybe I recreate the symbolic link from the system drive to d:\users.

Any advice or links to an article with steps I can follow would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

Eric

A:Moving Users folder back to system drive to update to 8.1

I did the same thing. You need to boot to a Command Prompt from your Windows Install disc. This is the tutorial I used to move Users off of C: and I just reversed it to move it back, deleting the link and using robocopy as you mentioned.

Move the Users Directory in Windows 7

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I haven't tested all the different file systems, but it appears that it is possible to boot from only FAT(16) and FAT32 file systems in UEFI boot mode on USB flash drives on my new Dell Inspiron 7567. I spent about half an hour trying to figure out why Windows wasn't installing in UEFI mode, until I realised the laptop's BIOS was booting the drive in legacy boot mode.Could we please make it possible to boot from NTFS-formatted drives in future BIOS revisions, given that this has been the standard with most other manufacturers for a number of years?  And yes, this does matter to those of us wishing to put files >4GB on their USB boot drive. BIOS revision of the Dell is the latest at this time (v1.2.0). Thank you.

A:BIOS update required: USB bootable flash drive file system

FAT32 has been the UEFI standard.  Even the System partition on the install is FAT 32.  I don't know for sure but I believe it has to be able to run certain types of programs and cannot be NTFS..
Most places which explain how to set up a Boot USB drive for UEFI mentions it has to be FAT32.
FAT 32 formatting for USB drives is good up to 32 GB drive sizes.  Larger ones will just create a 32 GB partition.

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Hi

New installation of windows 7 ultimate 32bit and on trying to copy a 38gb folder from c drive to d drive, pc gives bsod.
Lately playing world of tanks is resulting in system lock ups,please can anyone help

Frosty

A:bsod copying files from "c" to "d" drive and system lock ups

Post it following the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions.

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ive been meaning to replace my WAY outdated hard drive with a faster, bigger one
i have a question..how can i copy everything from my old drive to my new drive so i dont have to reinstall everything i have again?
 

A:copying from old drive to new drive

Yes,
download and install a disk utility program like Seagates DiskWizard. Set the new drive as the primary slave, leaving the old drive as the boot drive. Run DiskWizard and select wether you want to replace the old drive or keep it. The new drive will be formatted and the files on the old drive will be coppied to the new drive. You will install the new drive as the primary master and the system will boot normally, with everything intact...
 

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My computer wouldn't boot a couple of days ago and I did a System Repair. It worked, and my computer booted just fine. Now I've noticed in Disk Management that the F:\ partition on my second internal drive has been declared a System Drive!

So I disabled "Hide System Files" and looked at my F:\ drive. There's been a BOOT folder added! How do I fix this? Can I just try to delete the BOOT folder or what?

I'm running Windows 7 Pro.

Please tell me it's something simple.

Peg
 

A:System Repair Made my 2nd External Drive a SYSTEM DRIVE!

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I copied exactly one file from an infected drive to a usb drive. I'm affraid to open the usb file on another pc, for obvious reasons. Is there a way to tell if the virus is on the usb drive before opening the actual file?
 

A:Copying to a usb drive

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I have an HP Pavilion mod. a1410y w/ XP Home. I want to copy my current 80G drive onto my new WD 500G drive. I have Norton Ghost 2002 and PC Mover v. 1.03.575. Which should I use? Can you give this 68 year old "novice" instructions? Any help GREATLY appreciated.
 

A:Copying one drive to another

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I'm thinking of getting a larger hard drive and wanted to know if there is an easy way to transfer everything to the new drive so my system is EXACTLY as it is now with minimal effort. In the past when I had to do a clean install of the OS I would make a backup and restore, but then had to reinstall programs, etc. and I was hoping to avoid that.

Thanks!!

A:Copying everything to new drive

I would run sysprep, image the machine as is, host it on a usb or external drive then deploy that image onto the new drive.

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I Copied My 20 Gb Drive To My New 8ogb Hard Drive With A Program

That Copies The Drive Exactly. Is There A Way To Fix The Copy So It Can Have More Than 20gb. If I Need To Start From The Beg. What Do I Do?

Keep In Mind - I'm Making The 80gb My New Master Drive And 20gb Will Be The Slave Drive

..thanks
 

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I want to copy my entire C drive because I may be getting an SSD tomorrow. I navigated to "Computer" and right clicked my C drive and chose copy. Then I pasted it to the desired folder on ym external HDD. The problem is that It says it's only copying 45.0 GB, but my HDD is 532.48 GB. How can I properly copy my entire Hard Drive?

A:Copying Drive

You cannot copy and use the contents of the HDD C: drive for anything meaningful on the SSD. What are you hoping to achieve by doing this? Is it only user files that you want to backup?

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Is it possible to copy just an os from one drive to another. The hard drive is failing and i want to install another one but don`t have an os disc, so i want to copy the os over to the new drive, if it`s possible?
 

A:Copying os from one drive to another

You could image or clone the entire drive from one hdd to another, but not just the os by itself.
 

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My hard drive crashed but I backed it up using macrium reflect free edition.

When I use the macrium cd rescue cd, it fails at 60% claiming corrupt file. I downloaded the latest version. I have given up on macrium however I can use macrium to mount the image as a drive in XP.

I have a version of Windows XP on the new drive and a separate partition big enough to restore my old drive.

I wish to restore the macrium image to the partition, then get rid of the other xp on that drive and make the restored partition the bootable system.

What is the best way to do this? Can I just use xcopy? Will it know to make it bootable or do I need to use software?
 

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Hi,

I have a similar problem, I have an Intel mother board - dg965wh and after installing windows xp - i see that error in scsi/raid host controller issue.

I've tried installing the storage matrix driver that comes with the mother borad disc, and the same driver from intel support site.

No luck...

problem still exist - I don't have raid/scsi on my system, but I don't like to leave it at that...

Any ideas?

thanks. Nitay

A:RAID/SCSI controller problem after BIOS update and re-imaging the system drive

Enter the BIOS at startup and check the controller's settings, the SATA/RAID contoller may be disabled there.

What's the message under device status when you double click the flagged device in the device manager ?

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i'm trying to install sims 3 to my PC.

but when i tried copying TS3.exe to Drive C, this is what happens:



what will i do guys?

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I have a new 45 gig WD hard drive that I just installed on a PC running Win '98 w/ 128 meg of RAM. I formatted the drive under FAT 32 using WD's EZ Install. I slaved this drive under an existing 7 gig Maxtor in order to ease the install process.

I prompted EZ Install to copy the existing drive info onto the new one, but since the old drive was FAT 16 and partitioned into four drives, it only copied the C: drive. Unfortunately, since the old 7 gig was so partitioned, I had many programs installed on the D: and E: drives. As a temporary remedy I've copied and pasted that info onto to the new drive, but of course I've run into target location problems.

With the 7 gig still in tact, is it possible for me to copy all the information stored on all partitions onto the new drive without having to reformat and partition it?

Thanks in advance for your help.

G1
 

A:Hard drive copying

I've never used it, but you could try Change of Address. It is supposed to do what you want.
 

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Is it possible to just copy my operating system (Windows XP Professional SP2) over to an additional drive that has already been installed on my computer?

The reason I ask is because I don't have the original Windows XP Professional disk that was used to install my operating system. I bought my computer used and it was a rebuild. I don't know why he didn't install XP on the second drive when he installed it on the master. I have a Windows XP reinstall CD but of course the software key won't match what's currently installed.

I have 19.63 GB of free space on this other drive and I need to move some files over to free up some space on my master.

I don't know if you need any additional info about my computer so I'm just going to list what I have just in case.

Dell Computer
Intel Pentium III
Internet Explorer 7.0

Let me know if you need something I missed or have questions. Thanks as always for the help!

 

A:Copying OS to Additional Drive

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Hi guys,

I`m looking for a utility to copy my OS and progs (image my C: drive) to my second drive so i can do some maintanance on my C: drive

( I want to fdisk and reformat my c: drive because its showing an error (see screenshot) while i try to use partition magic regarding an unalocated portion (465mb) of my 60gb C: drive, this portion shows up first on PM before my primary drive so it says my drive is bad (used powermax for my maxtor HD and everything passed, have scandisked and defraged and no probs showing)

So basicly.... I would like to send a copy of my C: drive to my seperate D: drive, Fdisk etc the C: drive and copy everything back over from D: to C: removing the fact that i would have to re-install everything again.....OHH....and did I mention I would like this utility to be free , most of the trial stuff I have seen are limited to drive size and dont fancy forking out for "Drive image" just for this 1 process

Tnx
XbrvhrtX
 

A:drive copying for free???

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OK, here is what I am facing...

Found an old Acer Pentium1, about 48Mb of ram running Windows95a. Runs very well but way too slow for my taste. I decided to give it to my dad. While loading some software on to it I notice that space is very limited on its current drive. I have a bigger unused hard drive around here and was wondering if there was a way to copy the contents of the current hard drive on to the new one? I got plenty of open IDE's to plug both of them into my primary computer to preform the operation but need pointers/programs and/or advice on how to proceed.

(keep in mind that the design of the Acer's case only allows for one hard drive)
 

A:Copying a Hard Drive

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I am wanting to copy all of a hard drive to another. Where do I start?
 

A:Copying One Hard Drive to Another

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Hi,
I'm sure this has been answered before but my search didn't get me an answer. I would like to replace the old hard drive presently in my computer with a new one. I have a lot of programs on it and really don't want to go through the agony of reloading everything. Is there a way to copy my existing hard drive on to a new hard drive and the remove the old drive and just plug & play the new one?

I am using Windows XP

Thank you,

Bill
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A:Copying hard drive ?

Try this thread and you will find a link for Acronis True Image for $9.99 go get it and use it.


http://www.techsupportforum.com/f10/...ow-291187.html

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O.K. this is my first post, so I'll try to get it right. I have a 6.0 gig hard drive that I recently upgraded to XP. After doing that I had very little space left so I decided to get a 40 gig Western Digital hard drive and swap them out. Well the software that came with it does not work for XP, so how do I get my current C drive to copy to the new drive when all I have is the upgrade disk for xp and no windows 98 disk.
 

A:Copying old hard drive to new one

You could go out and get something like Ghost or another similar piece of software.
 

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I do not believe in the backup and replace system - fat lot of good a backup will do if my win7 machine died and I had to buy a win8. So the way I protect my files is by copying all my important folders to an ext. drive. This takes about 30 minutes.

Now, suppose I only changed 10 files since my last copy, is there an automatic way with Windows Explorer of copying/replacing only those ten files rather than everything, other than by remembering which files they were that need replacing and doing it manually? My Documents folder contains some 5000 files; if I change one file I still copy and replace the entire folder. There must be a better way.

I hope you guys understand what I'm getting at; I'm 70 years old and not very savvy with technical terms and words.

Thanks in advance.

A:Copying to ext. hard drive

Yes, there's a better way: using a program that will copy only the changed or new files, ignoring the others because the others are unchanged and were backed up previously.

They are generally called "file by file" back up programs. They all work about the same way. Some are laid out better and more intuitive to a newcomer.

Most are free.

Examples:

Syncback, Synctoy, FreeFileSync, Allway Sync, Folder Clone, GFI Backup Home Edition.

You can include or exclude certain files and folders as you wish.

The first time you run the application, it might take an hour or more because it's backing up the entire group of files. Thereafter, it might take only a minute or less because the previously backed up files are bypassed. It usually takes me 60 to 70 seconds to run my daily backup of about 100,000 files.

I don't know of any way of doing it in an automated way with Windows Explorer. If you back up your 5000 files in the document folder and later do it again without first deleting your first backup, Windows will ask you if you want to overwrite every time it tries to copy a file of the same name. You can say yes to all. It works, but it's a bit cumbersome.

Are you deleting your first backup before you make a second one at a later date?

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I have a related problem and a question.
Problem: My PC won't boot if I have one of my external USB 2.0 hard drives powered up. Is there a way to modify my BIOS to correct this?
Question: My external drives came with Retrospect Express backup software which I am using to back up my C: and F: (data) drives. If I have to use this backup copy of C: to restore it, will the PC boot afterward or do I need to use Acronis or Ghost to do a full system backup for restoring?
 

A:Copying C: drive to USB external HDD

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I have Windows 7, and I plan to upgrade to a newer hard drive with the 6gb/sec speed. My question is, can I somehow copy my existing hard drive entirely. I have no problems with my hard drive now, i just want the faster hard drive. When i saw copy, i mean Copy Completely, and boot from the new one.
 

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Recently bought a USB enclosure for an extra hard drive I have. Long before thinking about buying WinXp Pro, I formatted/partitioned the hd into 3 partitions; 8GB, 10 GB and a 10GB Fat 32 on each of them. Now I have decided to copy or clone my C: drive--including my partition K which has WinXP NTFS to the USB hdd. Not sure how I can go about doing that and I will appreciate any input from anyone. My signature will give you additional details about my rig, if needed. (My PC is the Athlon XP 2500) BTW, the USB hdd is recognized as Drives L, M and N when I turn it on. Have about 5-6GB used of the 7.5GB C: partition that also has the WinXP, drive K, on it. I think I could use the 8GB or either of the 10-GB partitions. (I have images of the C: hard drive saved to CDs also.) And as usual, TIA

BTW, is it possible that I could use XXCopy to clone the hard drives and, if it can be done, would that be easier?
 

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Since I am running the 90 da, eval, it doesn't look like MS is letting me do the online upgrade. That leaves me with $70 full version. Fortunately I have a Microsoft Store near work.

But my Samsung Slate doesn't have a working DVD drive. There is an MS tool to make a bootable USB drive from an ISO. But that only gets me half way.

To make matters worse, I don't have a working DVD at home on a Windows box, but only in a Mac Mini, lol! So I'll have to pull this off at work today.

Any ideas?

A:Copying Windows 8 DVD to USB drive?

But my Samsung Slate doesn't have a working DVD drive. There is an MS tool to make a bootable USB drive from an ISO. But that only gets me half way.



Did you make the ISO, if yes,
move the ISO to the Mac & burn a DVD.

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Have tried copying my 10gb C drive to an external hard drive. XP does not copy everything. There is 9 gb used
on the C drive but when the copying is done the external drive only shows 5+ gb. Any ideas will be appreciated.
 

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Hi..I need to use windows repair and want to clone my drive to be on the safe side...I have Acronis True Image installed but the computer keeps crashing during the transfer..Everything is also super slow..The machine works fine in safe mode with networking so I think there's a driver problem..Anyway my question is can I clone the drive in safe mode..It would avoid the BSOD's and complete much quicker if I could..Thanks

A:Copying Entire Drive?

You should make a Bootable CD with Acronis and then boot off of the newly created CD to clone your drive.

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