Replacing 1st hard drive with 2nd drive fitted

  cdb 20:32 19 Aug 2006
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I think I may need to replace my origional (5 years old) hard drive in the near future. I fitted a 2nd one last year and already have 2 dvd drives in the machine.
What would be the easiest way to replace the origional hard drive with a bigger (but mirror image of the contents) drive?
Should I remove the 2nd hard drive, fit the new one there, copy the contents over, then replace the origional drive and refit the 2nd hard drive or is there a better way of doing things.
The 2nd hard drive is 200G with 2 partitions. One partition has enough free space to copy the contents of the 1st drive, could I utilise this space in the replacing process?

(system is windows xp sp2,amd athalon 1800+, 80G origional hard drive)

Thanks for any help.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:14 19 Aug 2006

One partition has enough free space to copy the contents of the 1st drive, could I utilise this space in the replacing process?

You cannot just "copy the drive with the operating system you need to use specialist software such as Acronis.

Acronis will copy the first drive to the partition.

  cdb 21:16 19 Aug 2006

If I did that, would I need to make that partition bootable, while I replace the origional hard drive then copied the O/S etc back over?

  bazb 21:28 19 Aug 2006

You could clone the new hard drive, using the software from the drive maker something like this click here from seagate.

  cdb 16:09 20 Aug 2006

I apreciate the fact I need to clone/copy the contents of my origional hard drive, but the main thrust of the question is...... I have 4 connections, all of which are in use, 2 hard drives and 2 dvd drives. so where can I put the new drive in order to clone the origional drive onto it and what would be the best way to do it?


If I copied it to the partition and then fitted the new hard drive in place of the old one, would I have a bootable PC when I turned it all back on, so that I could copy the OS back to the new hard drive?

Thanks :)

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:33 20 Aug 2006

If I copied it to the partition and then fitted the new hard drive in place of the old one, would I have a bootable PC when I turned it all back on

Yes but don't forget to change the jumper to master.

  bazb 16:33 20 Aug 2006

I would remove the drive without the OS on it, fit the new drive in it's place as the slave drive, clone the new drive from the one containing the OS. Then swap the drives over, making the new drive the master, then refitting one of the other drives as the slave.

If anything should go wrong with the cloning, you will still have the old drive containing the OS to refit.

If the drive is cloned correctly then it will be bootable, I have done it many times using Seagate DiscWizard, but some of the original programs may need to be re-installed.

  cdb 16:35 20 Aug 2006

Thank you, that sounds easy enough.
Is the new drive likely to come with the software I need to clone it?

  Tanzy_uk 16:47 20 Aug 2006

You can download disk wizard from here click here but try to use the minimum of programes associated with the drive, just keep the bare minimum of what you need.

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