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I just bought a new HDD and I want to get everything from my current 100gb onto the new 300gb. I only have room for one HDD in this case so I need to transfer everything onto the 300gb. Since I'm assuming that just copying everything and installing the 300gb will not work (ie BSOD or something) I was just going to install XP on the 300gb and then use the Windows file transfer wizard (OR any other freeware program you guys can suggest, I just need something functional).

So my question is, how do I use the XP Wizard? I've never had to do this personally. Or if you know of a program I can use to mirror my 100gb onto the 300gb that would be awesome too. Thanks gurus
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To keep it simple, you have two options:
1) Hook up the 300GB HD. Reinstall Windows and your apps. Hook up your 100GB and manually transfer the data over. Disconnect 100GB.
2) Use Acronis TrueImage and take an image of the 100GB HD. Apply the image to the 300GB drive.
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Do you have ports for 2 hard drives?, if so just plug it in and leave it outside the case. When i finished installing vista it automatically came up and was pretty simple, just follow the instructions.
    
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Do you have ports for 2 hard drives?, if so just plug it in and leave it outside the case. When i finished installing vista it automatically came up and was pretty simple, just follow the instructions.
Yes I have two ports. In fact, the 100gb is an IDE and the 300gb is a SATA.

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To keep it simple, you have two options:
1) Hook up the 300GB HD. Reinstall Windows and your apps. Hook up your 100GB and manually transfer the data over. Disconnect 100GB.
2) Use Acronis TrueImage and take an image of the 100GB HD. Apply the image to the 300GB drive.
With the True Image, would the image just be an exact copy or would I still have to reinstall windows? I have alot of settings and etc finally how I want them and I shudder to think of getting it all right again with a new install, thus why I'd rather just mirror the drive.
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There is a VERY easy way to do this.

First, put the new hard drive into your computer. Then go to Start -> Run and type:

xcopy c:\\ d:\\ /e /h /f /y

Of course, replace c:\\ and d:\\ with the drive letters of the source and destination drive letters in your computer.



Now, after having everything copied over, remove the old hard drive and set the new one as your boot drive in BIOS. Then insert the windows XP CD and boot into windows XP setup. Now, in setup, there will be an option to repair a windows installation using the recovery console by pressing 'r'. Do that.

Log into your windows "installation" through there. When the command prompt comes up, type:

fixmbr


Congradulations, you now have a fully bootable hard drive exactly how it was before. You won't have any BSODs or anything.
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There is a VERY easy way to do this.

First, put the new hard drive into your computer. Then go to Start -> Run and type:

xcopy c: d: /e /h /f /y

Of course, replace c: and d: with the drive letters of the source and destination drive letters in your computer.



Now, after having everything copied over, remove the old hard drive and set the new one as your boot drive in BIOS. Then insert the windows XP CD and boot into windows XP setup. Now, in setup, there will be an option to repair a windows installation using the recovery console by pressing 'r'. Do that.

Log into your windows "installation" through there. When the command prompt comes up, type:

fixmbr


Congradulations, you now have a fully bootable hard drive exactly how it was before. You won't have any BSODs or anything.
Awesome, ok so the prompt would be (C: and E: are my HDD's)

xcopy c:\\ e:\\ /e /h /f /y ? Correct?
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He should not have to do a repair though since it is the same computer, right?
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Awesome, ok so the prompt would be (C: and E: are my HDD's)

xcopy c: e: /e /h /f /y ? Correct?
Correct. It MAY need the backslashes like "c:\\" but i always get that confused because every command is different.



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He should not have to do a repair though since it is the same computer, right?
He will, because a simple file copy does not copy over the MBR. The MBR is located at sector 0 of your hard disk, before the partition table and data, and its where BIOS tells your CPU to look for instructions on how to boot. So after copying over the files, he still needs to create an MBR on the new drive.

EDIT: Don't know if you care much, but I figured I'd also point out that right after the MBR there are 63 unused sectors. Some 3rd party boot managers may decide to use these 63 sectors for their data even though they shouldn't because there is no central control over their use.
Edited by Manyak - 5/13/08 at 2:37pm
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soo... why not have both in the PC and leave the OS on the IDE drive. HDD speeds aren't gonna surpass IDE166 anyway unless you bench between a raptor/x in RAID
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Correct. It MAY need the backslashes like "c:\\" but i always get that confused because every command is different.





He will, because a simple file copy does not copy over the MBR. The MBR is located at sector 0 of your hard disk, before the partition table and data, and its where BIOS tells your CPU to look for instructions on how to boot. So after copying over the files, he still needs to create an MBR on the new drive.
Ok cool. Will the 100gb still work after this as well (without a repair)?

Also, while trying to repair an install before on my XP disk, it prompted me for the admin account password but I have no password set. Any idea on that? I dont want to copy the HDD and then not be able to repair the install,lol.
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