Move windows on IDE to SATA

July 21, 2005 at 16:58:43
Specs: XP home + sP1, 512RDRAM/2.533ghz P4

OK, right now my Windows XP is located on the Master hard drive of the primary controller on the motherboard 'C:'. I have recently purchased an SATA controller PCI card and drive. How can I migrate the C drive to the new hard drive and still have XP boot and work? I understand that I can change the SATA's drive letter to C: but I don't think that will do the trick.

You see, I can't simply install a fresh copy as my OS disk got ruined and the OEM refuses to give me a new disk. And since its OEM, MS won't send me a replacement disk. Anyone know what files to copy onto a CD to 'make' a new xp disk? There are a few files on the disk that still work, like setup.exe but most of the stuff in I386 doesn't work.

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July 21, 2005 at 17:09:31

You will not be able to "create" a new install CD with the files from your hard drive. IF you bought a retail drive it may have come with a migration utility to image your current disk to the new one. If not, you can get a disc imaging software such as "Drive Image" which is now owned by Symantec, but there might be free ones as well.

Basically, you would install the SATA drive but keep your PATA drive as the boot. Then run the imaging software to "image" the contents of your C drive to the new drive. When that is done restart your PC and in the BIOS for the computer and/or controller card set it up so that the SATA drive is now the boot drive.

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July 21, 2005 at 17:16:41

Use Either Acronis True Image or Symantec Ghost
to image drive to drive from the old drive to the sata drive. Easiest way to do it.

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July 21, 2005 at 18:15:17

Since you don't have any restore software,
you are asking for serious problems. Unless you have very, very good reasons for switching to the SATA drive (and I can't think of one), I would suggest you leave things as they are.
But do take an image of your drive before it fails.

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July 22, 2005 at 00:45:29

You know, I use disk cloning software to transfer data from my old HDD onto new, and also I've got an attested copy of my HDD in case of crashing my system. You can just create an exact image of your HDD "C" then restore it on new HDD. So you'll get the perfect HDD. Also you can make a bootable CD of your HDD, you won't have to create new XP disk, and you'll save all data from old HDD.

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