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Well, i have a 300GB IDE HDD and i just got a 250GB SATA Drive today for $30

is there any way i can transfer all my files including the OS so i can boot from that drive?

i right clicked on My 300 and pressed copy and right clicked on my 250 and pressed paste, Will this work?

if not, how can i do this

+Reps for help
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post #2 of 15
Well the files and settings transfer wizard will help transfer your old files to your new disk but I am not sure about the OS I have never heard of that being done but who knows.I don't think microsoft would make it that easy to copy, if thats the kind of OS your talking about. I would just do a clean install of the OS.
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post #3 of 15
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lets just pretend a clean install is out of the question.
For now at least.

BTW i am running vista.
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post #4 of 15
why don't you use it as a slave drive?I guess you could try different things and see if they work thats all the advice I can give you.
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post #5 of 15
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i want to use my IDE as a slave drive and my SATA as a primary drive though, the SATA is soooooo much faster

i did a test on each, it took 5minutes and 33 seconds to write a 500MB file to the IDE drive, it only took 44 seconds to write the same file to the SATA drive
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post #6 of 15
big difference for sure. I tried to copy one disc to another for XP long time ago I seem to remember you needed a certain software program to do it. I will have to jog my memory on that one.
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post #7 of 15
The most secure way would be to resize your IDE partition to something way below the S-ATA--like 200 gigs--with a program like PartitionMagic (tell me of something else that can manage your harddrive any better if not the same.

It IS a little buggy, though, so if it asks you to correct something in the LBA/CHS sectors--DO NOT CLICK YES! I did that mistake and ruined my windows install.

When you're done with that, you get a program such as Acronis TrueImage (isn't that the name of it?) or Norton Ghost and copy it with the disk copy option.

You shouldn't format your S-ATA harddrive if you want it to be completely swappable.
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post #8 of 15
Vista ultimate?
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post #9 of 15
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Yes, Vista ultimate. i like it btw.
i think i may of found something
http://digg.com/software/Copy_Your_H..._Free_Software
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HDClone Free Edition enables you to move the content from an entire hard drive to another, larger one. The program installs itself on a bootable floppy or CD, and include it`s own operating system, so it runs completely independent from Windows.
i think i am going to give this a try. it got a lot of diggs.
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Good luck, let us know if it works.
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