Changing primary drive.

  jack 12:21 25 Jan 2008

My machine is something of a hybrid with many new parts etc., the oldest being the case[sturdy solid steel- not the current pretty but flimsy stuff currently on offer] and the Primary hard drive.
As the drive is now getting on a bit , I thought time to change whilst all working rather then waiting for it to die.

I have the new drive.
Formatted and had connected via USB and it has some data one it.
So which is the best way of making this the primary drive with minimal down time?
Could I -simply copy every thing over from existing to new- then swap them over in the case - would that work?
Or should I remove existing drive, install the new create new system from the Full XP disk and transfer files.
Opinions please.

  pj123 13:25 25 Jan 2008

The easiest and best way that I know (which is what I do) is:

Download xxclone from click here

Clone your old (C: drive) to the new one, make sure you tick the box in xxclone to make the clone bootable.

Take out your old C: drive and connect the Cloned drive and reboot.


  jack 13:58 25 Jan 2008

That looks pretty good pj
Had a look and downloaded.
Will give it a go to morrow at the crack of Dawn[or thereabouts]

  jack 17:29 25 Jan 2008

So to-morrow its screwdriver time.
What I will find when I drag the tower out from its hiding place and untangle that mess of cables.
Hmmm- dust pan and brush and vacuum cleaner me thinks in addition to screwdriver.

  jack 14:42 27 Jan 2008

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