Solved Move entire XP onto other Hard Drive?

Dell Optiplex gx270 sff desktop
May 21, 2011 at 17:58:29
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition, Intel Pentium 4 With 4 Gigabytes RAM
I have a Dell Optiplex GX270 (Slimline) computer. When I bought the computer originally, it only had a 40 GB hard drive installed. I now have a 120 GB hard drive ready to install into it. The thing is, some of the programs I have on the 40 GB can't just be moved over to the other drive (ie Office 2010). So what I want to do is install the 40 GB into another computer I have which boots off of another hard disk, and copy all of the files (OS and all) to the 120 GB, and put the 120 GB into the Optiplex. Will the OS still work if every single one of it's files if copied over to the other hard drive(Including the installed programs)? My plan is basically mapped out below:

Old Hard Drive: 40 GB IDE
New Hard Drive: 120 GB IDE

When I move the 40 GB into the other computer, the other computer boots off of a SATA drive and has a cable for 2 IDE hard drive to be connected to it, so I can transfer the files.

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May 22, 2011 at 09:46:16
Get a ribbon cable with 3 connectors. 1 for the board and 2 for the hard drives
Set the new hd as slave.
Use the hd manufactures setup utility to setup your new hd. They are free.

Need power to 2nd hd? Unplug molex to cdrom or get a splitter.

The new hd can just be sitting on a non conductive surface for now

Setup new hd. Reset jumpers to master. Remove old hd. Replace ribbon and molex to cd rom



#1
May 21, 2011 at 20:00:04
Nice plan. You will run into problems copying files. But give it a shot. See what happens. Guaranteed to be educational.
Clone is the thing you want to do. Or copy the entire partition as a whole. The drive manufacturers have utilities on their web site for that purpose; upgrading hard drives. If Windows copy and file manager would do it, these would not exist. The manufacturer of the 120 gig drive is the place to start. Follow the instructions of the software.

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May 21, 2011 at 20:06:04
Problem is, my ISP has limited data exchange set per month, so I can't download that big of a file. Is there any other options about doing this task?

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#3
May 21, 2011 at 21:16:04
Just clone the old drive to the new. And do it while it's in the same computer it's going to be run in. You didn't bother to list anything about the drives other than capacity, so I can't tell you what program to use, but it's available for free at the HDD manufacturer's website. Or maybe it came on a CD with your new drive? Your ISP has nothing to do with it.

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#4
May 22, 2011 at 09:16:54
Problem is, the Optiplex Computer only has one slot for a hard drive, and I doubt it has extra power connectors for the extra drive to be put in. The only way I can transfer the files in to put both hard drives into another computer and copy them there. The Optiplex is not capable of capacitive 2 hard drives.

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May 22, 2011 at 09:30:15
I'd use g4u.

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May 22, 2011 at 09:46:16
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Get a ribbon cable with 3 connectors. 1 for the board and 2 for the hard drives
Set the new hd as slave.
Use the hd manufactures setup utility to setup your new hd. They are free.

Need power to 2nd hd? Unplug molex to cdrom or get a splitter.

The new hd can just be sitting on a non conductive surface for now

Setup new hd. Reset jumpers to master. Remove old hd. Replace ribbon and molex to cd rom


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May 23, 2011 at 17:00:53
The Post Update:
For one day I got the OS successfully working on the other hard drive. Problem is, some of my important applications were having errors, so I reverted back to my old drive for now. I just have to figure out some things, and I'll be at it again.

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