replacing 2 Hard drives with one larger one

November 13, 2009 at 08:27:22
Specs: Windows XP
I currently have two hard drives that I would like to replace with one larger and faster one. My original Hard drive is a 20Gig drive that now only has Windows XP Pro(V.2002 with all updates) on it with Anti virus/spyware on it and a few programs that had to stay (no media or no install options) and a second 80Gig drive partitioned into two 40Gig drives, The first partition has most of my programs on it and all of my files/personal stuff. The second partition I am using as a share drive for my home network and as a location for back ups (not best since my back ups are on the same physical drive that my files are on). I know that I can copy/clone the first drive to a new one easily enough with the software from the mfg., and copying the files over would not be a problem, BUT I would like to know IF there is an EASY way to copy/move all of the programs over to the new larger, faster drive either at the same time or as a second operation!!! Or am I stuck reinstalling everything all over again? I am planning on making the 80Gig drive one complete drive again as the share/back up drive.
Spec's:
Gateway Pentium 4 (was 1.4G, now changed out with a 2.6G 400mhz - max for this board),
Windows XP Pro
1 Gig Ram (max)
HIS Radoen 9250 128MB AGP graphics
Gateway/Intel ElPaso 2 Motherboard
Original 20Gig Hard drive
Second 80Gig Hard drive (40Gig/40Gig partitions)
Any suggestions?

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#1
November 13, 2009 at 08:38:01
Use a Disk Imager like Norton Ghost, DD or any diskimager. They will do a bit by bit restore so that you will not have to reinstall anything.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disk_i...
http://www.thefreecountry.com/utili...


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#2
November 13, 2009 at 13:41:22
Could Cobian Backup 9 make a back up/copy from one drive and allow it to be 'restored' to another drive, effectively merging these drives? (I recently started using this free program for back ups)(any other you recommend?)
Also if it can, what about folders that share a name like "Program files"? Would it merge them? Ignore One and put the other on the drive anyway? Or will it delete one with the other?

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#3
November 13, 2009 at 19:46:29
You better make sure that board supports HDDs larger than 137GB.

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#4
November 14, 2009 at 05:15:23
I believe so. I just may use a PCI/SATA card and eliminate possible problems there and pick up some speed in the process. I may also just do a fresh install (If I have all media) and save only files. I can just pretend I have a new system. With this upgrade, I just might (everything else is maxed out on this MB already.
[Will probably upgrade Power Supply, add SATA 150 PCI controller card, WD 500G 32MB 'Black', and possibly the video card again, using the existing drives one for back up and one for a home network share drive] Thanks All

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#5
November 18, 2009 at 16:58:56
I am posting from a system I did exactly what you want to do. Trick is you don't do a drive clone but a partition clone.

It has been three years [lifetime in IT] but I used Ghost to do my cloning. It allowed me to expand the partition. So in your case you would take the 20gig clone partition and expand it to what you want like half the drive. Then do the 2nd drive clone and expand it to use the remaining space.

You MUST do it in the correct order! Drive letters are extemely important since they are stored in the OS registry.

If these are ide drives and you are going to go to sata you have a problem. Cloning is same to same. In other words you boot to ide via ide drivers not sata drivers. This can be overcome by a repair install of the OS which allows you to add the correct drive drivers. You would need to do this for both OS's.


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