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Thread: Swap out old, put in new HD....how?




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    Just received my brand-spanking new WD 800JB 7200 SE. Now what? It came with no docs, no cables, no nuthin, just shrink wrapped from NewEgg. How do I xfer the existing WinXP OS and everthing on that drive to this one and make it boot? (yes, the old drive is smaller than the new one.)

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    your best bet would be to put your new 80gb in, set up your partitions and install a fresh XP, then add your second (older) hard drive in. Drive letters wont be a problem, and you can then transfer all your files to your newer drive :thumb:
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    I don't have any files I need to keep on the older drive, their all on the external drive. I just don't want to have to re-install everything.

    I know this can be done, I just need some direction.

    Should I just image the drive to the external and then restore to the new drive?

    Thx!
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    Norton's Ghost will do that but it'd be just as quick to reinstall XP itself.

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    I disagree.
    Using ghost will be a lot quicker than reinstalling the OS, service packs, drivers. applications, tweaks, etc.
    Usually it takes ghost about 10-30mins to ghost a harddrive, which is about as long as it takes to install XP alone.
    :2cents:

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    Well, I don't own Ghost, so I just reinstalled everything. Perhaps it's good to go through that process once in awhile, keeps everything clean. ;)

    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neb
    I just reinstalled everything. Perhaps it's good to go through that process once in awhile
    I think you'll find that most people around here would agree with that sentiment ;)
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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