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I looked and used the search function with no luck, so that's my disclaimer.

I've got a ssd coming my way as a replacement for my HDD storage drive. I've got about 140gb on the drive that I want to basically copy over to the new ssd. Windows is installed on a separate boot drive but many of the programs like office are installed on my storage drive. My question is how will I Copy all my data over to the new drive?
This is my guess, I'll get the ssd, format it. Then it'll just be labeled the default d drive, my storage drive is the (z:\) drive currently, I'll copy and paste the entire drive over, once that's done, reboot and unplug the old drive, when the new storage drive boots, I'll change the drive label back from d to z:\ and I'll be all set???

So I need to know how to move all my data and programs to the new drive w/o reinstalling everything if possible...
Edited by Cakewalk_S - 9/20/13 at 6:16am
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Bump.?.
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I think that will work as you explained it as long as you change the drive letter as you stated.
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I suggest using this instead. It will copy everything and also maintain all the files/folders attributes. This is mirroring the source drive to the destination drive.

Copy and paste this code into a text file and save it as a .bat. (Ex:script.bat)
Code:
robocopy Z:\ D:\ /MIR /COPYALL /LOG:"robologmirror.txt" /Z /R:3

Break down:
[]robocopy] - this is the exe
[Z:\] - this is the SOURCE, source drive always goes first!!
[D:\] - this is the destination
[/MIR] - this tells it to mirror the source to the destination
[/COPYALL] - this tells it to maintain all file info
[/LOG] - this tells it to make a log transscript of the operation to the same directory the bat file lives
[/Z] - this tells it to copy files in restartable mode, in case something goes wrong
[/R:3] - this tells it to attempt 3 tries on failed copies before moving on, default wait time between tries is 30 seconds

Once the operation is completed, simply change the drive letters.
Edited by benben84 - 9/20/13 at 8:24am
 
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Originally Posted by benben84 View Post

I suggest using this instead. It will copy everything and also maintain all the files/folders attributes. This is mirroring the source drive to the destination drive.

Copy and paste this code into a text file and save it as a .bat. (Ex:script.bat)
Code:
robocopy Z:\ D:\ /MIR /COPYALL /LOG:"robologmirror.txt" /Z /R:3

Break down:
[]robocopy] - this is the exe
[Z:\] - this is the SOURCE, source drive always goes first!!
[D:\] - this is the destination
[/MIR] - this tells it to mirror the source to the destination
[/COPYALL] - this tells it to maintain all file info
[/LOG] - this tells it to make a log transscript of the operation to the same directory the bat file lives
[/Z] - this tells it to copy files in restartable mode, in case something goes wrong
[/R:3] - this tells it to attempt 3 tries on failed copies before moving on, default wait time between tries is 30 seconds

Once the operation is completed, simply change the drive letters.

That sounds like the answer to my question! So all the data will be retained on my drive I'm copying from if anything goes wrong? I take it robocopy is a windows program?
So once I do this, I will have to shutdown and unplug the old HDD because I will need to change the drive path right? Or should I just change the current drive path to something random and after everything is copied to the ssd, change the drive letter?
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That sounds like the answer to my question! So all the data will be retained on my drive I'm copying from if anything goes wrong? I take it robocopy is a windows program?
So once I do this, I will have to shutdown and unplug the old HDD because I will need to change the drive path right? Or should I just change the current drive path to something random and after everything is copied to the ssd, change the drive letter?
Yes, as long as you keep the SOURCE and DESTINATION drives in the correct order in the code, all it does it copy all source files to destination drive. I use the exact script on my computer to mirror a storage drive to another instead of using RAID or software RAID.

Robocopy is a windows program, yes. Here is more info on it: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc733145.aspx

You technically dont have to shutdown or pull the other drive to change drive letters. It sounds like afterwards you want the new drive to have the Z: label so you'll just need to change the drive letter on the current Z:\ to some other letter and then change the new drive to Z:\. You could always reboot afterwards but I don't think it's necessary. The old drive can remain plugged in and utilized as a new drive letter if you want.
 
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you should be able to do a direct copy and name the new drive the same letter if your not reinstalling windows the software should work fine.
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Originally Posted by benben84 View Post

I suggest using this instead. It will copy everything and also maintain all the files/folders attributes. This is mirroring the source drive to the destination drive.

Copy and paste this code into a text file and save it as a .bat. (Ex:script.bat)
Code:
robocopy Z:\ D:\ /MIR /COPYALL /LOG:"robologmirror.txt" /Z /R:3

Break down:
[]robocopy] - this is the exe
[Z:\] - this is the SOURCE, source drive always goes first!!
[D:\] - this is the destination
[/MIR] - this tells it to mirror the source to the destination
[/COPYALL] - this tells it to maintain all file info
[/LOG] - this tells it to make a log transscript of the operation to the same directory the bat file lives
[/Z] - this tells it to copy files in restartable mode, in case something goes wrong
[/R:3] - this tells it to attempt 3 tries on failed copies before moving on, default wait time between tries is 30 seconds

Once the operation is completed, simply change the drive letters.

Add /MT:32 for good measure!

MT = multi-thread.
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Should I run it as a bat file or just run the command in command prompt?
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Should I run it as a bat file or just run the command in command prompt?
Create a batch file so the logging works. Make sure you open cmd and run it as admin and then simply drag and drop the batch file into the cmd window to run it.
 
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