Upgrading hard disk drives

  MatElstead 15:53 19 Jan 2003
  MatElstead 15:53 19 Jan 2003

I currently run two hard disk drives - primary = 4GB containing Windows XP + other programs which is almost full; secondary = 40GB containing video editing software and is used for that purpose (about 35GB free). I would like to upgrade the primary to 40 GB also (ie two 40GB disks), but need some advice as to the easiest and safest way of transferring XP and other programs to the new disk. Can anyone help please ?

  DieSse 16:09 19 Jan 2003

The easiset way is to use a disk cloning or imaging program.

Remove the slave, and put in your new drive. Transfer the whole contents of your old C drive to the new drive.

Take out the old drive and put in the original slave, as slave. Voila.

The program you use will contain the detailed instructions on how to do this, what drives to set as master/slave and when.

If you get a new Seagate drive, you can use ther free download, Disk Wizard. The whole process is very painless if you use a good program.

Make sure your new C drive is a 7200rpm model, for best performance.

  Diemmess 16:28 19 Jan 2003

Thinking of the future ....... you might consider limiting the size of your future C: drive (Partition it) eventually keeping maybe just the OS on this.......bcause any images of up to 40Gb are going to be difficult to make, store, and restore because of the sheer size.

  misery 20:35 19 Jan 2003

the first partition on your new drive is reckoned to best set at around 8-10 gig. Dont forget if you do partition the new drive all the remaining drive letters will change.

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