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Swapping drive's without reinstalling OS?

post #1 of 8
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Hi,

A fella at my work has just bought a new harddrive, just an 80GB one but he needed more space.

Anywhoo... The OS is installed on a small 8GB drive and he want's everything else that's installed to go onto the 80GB drive.

IS this possible to do because some program's don't give you the option to choose it's path, they just go to the windows boot drive.

Any recommendation's appreciated.
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Ghost.
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Could you explain that a bit better please mate, what do i do with Norton Ghost?

PS: Do you know how to turn the FN function on a vaio laptop off?
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post #4 of 8
He Means using Norton Ghost here mate :http://www.symantecstore.com/dr/sat4...DE=&CACHE_ID=0
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I think he knows it's Norton Ghost, just needs to know how to do it.
post #6 of 8
Okay mate, I just bought a new bigger HDD myself and needed to copy everything from my old HDD to the new one. I used Norton Ghost 2005 and it worked perfectly. Get it now if you don't already have it. What you do is: First install Ghost. Turn off the PC. Install the new HDD as a secondary HDD and configure BIOS/jumper settings to make your PC recognize it. Boot the PC using primary (old) HDD and open Ghost. For newer versions of Ghost (2004 and later I believe), all you have to do is click on the "Drive Copy Wizard" and it will guide you into copying ALL the contents from the primary drive to the UNPARTITIONED secondary drive through Windows XP. After an hour or two you will have a new HDD with everything in it. Turn off the PC and remove the primary HDD and configure the BIOS to recognize the new HDD as the primary (and only) HDD, unless you plan on raiding them or keeping the other one for use. If the PC can't recognize Windows OS on the new HDD, you may have to delete the original BOOT.INI file and make a new one (PM me if you need help on this). Otherwise, Ghost should work perfectly.
post #7 of 8
I've used Acronis true image with great results, you can download a trial version here http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing...oad/trueimage/.

Another thing he may consider is to use the 80Gb as a storage drive, however, imagining the old drive is best.
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Acronis True Image isnt bad..However found it harder to use than Ghost personally.
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