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Thread: How can I switch my old HD contents to a new HD?




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    As of right now, I have one HD that is split into two partitions, C (windows, my documents, drivers, etc.) and D (primary data). Tomorrow, I will be getting a second hard drive. I would like to move my entire D partition onto this new hard drive as easily as possible. What is the best way to go about this? I do own Partition Magic 8.0, for reference... can I just use this?
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    Have you got any programs installed on it, or is it all just files? If it's just files, the easiest way is to simply install the 2nd HDD and copy all the data across in Windows...

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    Thanks for the quick reply, Beefy. Yeah, I have TONS of programs stored on it (mostly games).
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    What do you intend on doing with your current D: once you copy all this data across? If you've got install programs in d:, when you move them all to what will probably be E:, any associations and links to those programs will be wrong, and a fair few will probably need reinstalling. The best way to get around this would be to copy all the data, then use a program like Partition Magic to merge your existing C: and D: into one large C:.... if that makes sense.

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    That kinda makes sense. I plan on taking my old hd (with C and D on it) and turning it into one large C drive with winxp, drivers, my docs. For that, I'll just expand my C partition (or merge C and D). The hard part will be moving the D from one hd to another hd. I know I can copy a partition w/ Partition Magic 8.0, but I don't think that will fix all of those associations and links... won't I?
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    If you're doing it that way, then your current D: will just be a new D:, so it should all be OK. It's probably worthwhile using Partition Magic to do all this, as there's a chance that some files might be used while you're trying to copy them to the new drive, so they won't copy. Plus PM will do it properly. ;)

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    Thanks, Beefy. New question:
    I put in my new SATA WD Hard Drive, connected the power, connected the data cable, made sure that my jumpers for SATA were set to enable on my mobo... and can't see it. My BIOS doesn't show my new HD anywhere, and Windows can't see it either. Have an idea where I can start?
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    The SATA drive won't show up in the BIOS, as it's not an IDE drive. As your computer boots, you should see the SATA controller loading up. There may be an option to go into the setup of that (could be called anything. I've got a Soltek nForce2 board, and my setup was called FastTrack, but not sure about the ASUS). That's usually a good way to see what's connected.

    Aside from that, when you boot into windows, check out the Disk Management section and see if that has picked up the drive. You won't see it as a drive letter yet, because it won't have been partitioned / formatted for use.

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    Well, it's good to know that it won't show up in BIOS. But, Disk Management has NOT picked up the drive... :shrug:
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    have you installed the S-ATA driver? otherwise the drive wont show up
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