Ok - there's something I would like to do but am not sure if I can do it and how if I can.
Basically - my 2nd PC has it's OS on a really old HD that I fear is about to fail and I have 2 spare HDs.
What I would like to do is transfer the OS from the old HD - with all the data, etc - and transfer it to one of my better ones and make that the bootable drive - WITHOUT having to go through the process of installing the OS on the new drive.
Plus I would like to keep all the data that's already on the 2nd HD.
Can I partition the 2nd drive - and not lose any of the data on it - and make 1 partition the one that the OS loads from and then transfer the OS as is onto that partition and, if so, how do I do it? After this I would like to be able to remove the old HD, make the 2nd HD the master HD and then add the 3rd as the slave HD and be where I store all my data.
I have IDE not SATA HDs on this PC if it makes any difference.
many thanks for any help that anyone can give me on this.
Try cloning your current C drive to a newer HDD, with Acronis True Image 11. I believe there is a free trial version available, but if you can - buy it - it's worth every penny. You should be able to do all you want and more. Eikonuj