Please help replacing Hard Drive

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by ElPipo, Sep 20, 2002.

  1. ElPipo

    ElPipo Guest

    Hi guys,
    I'm just a regular user so please dont judge me for any question you consider obvious.

    my system is a 1.2 ghz Athlon/512 mg ram/XP/ATI 64 meg video/20 gb HD (broken into two partition 12&8 aprox) 5400 rpm/second drive 3 gb.

    I just got a new 40 gb HD 7200 rpm, my idea is move my OS from partition 1 on 20GB HD into the new faster drive, after this reformat that partition and use it for storage. How can I do this ?, I'm thinking getting rid of the 3 GB HD and use this conection for the new one, after having these two drive connected How do I move the files?? do I need any aditional app for this task? and wich one?.

    When this is completed and i have a copy of my OS into the new drive, I'll change positions of master/slave on the drives and reboot, but how do I know where I'm booting from? If a made a copy of C:/ into de new hard drive now I have 2 drives with the same name partitons .... How will XP behave when the new drive is plugged in, and, to finish how do I reformat the old C:/ partition?

    Thanks for any help, please share your XP-eriences on this matter.
     
  2. 2z

    2z OSNN Gamer

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    Welcome to XP-erience

    I would take all the old drives out
    & install XP to the 40 gig

    then attatch your 20gig as slave
    copy any files you need over to the 40gig

    Then format the 20gig from
    diskmgmt.msc

    :cool:
     
  3. luish

    luish OSNN Senior Addict

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    In my opinion, disconnect the 3gb hd, and conect the new one.
    run fidsk ( or partition magic ) make the partitions you want, i recommend to make 3. Then format the partitions and make a self clean installation into the new partiton.
    I don't know if it is posibble to copy your OS into a new drive. So as i said i think we will have to install it again.
     
  4. ElPipo

    ElPipo Guest

    thanks

    thank you for those quick replies, nut i'm still puzzled, whe I connect the 20 gb hd as slave this one still has a partition C:/ on it and after clean install XP on the new one that also will have another partition C:/ will XP hang? or will it rename the drives with a new drive letter.

    the same apply for the secon partition on 20 gb (D) if I partition the 40 gb as luish suggested C,D & E will be taken.

    Please share some ligth on this

    Thanks again
     
  5. Bob S

    Bob S Guest

    I assume your present drive runs fine and you simply want it on the new drive, hence a clean install would be a waste.

    This being the case, first connect your new drive as a slave, format it, and partition it as you want. Use Partition Magic 7.0 or the like.

    After this ghost (Norton Ghost 2001 or higher) your old drive over to the primary partition on your new drive. Take your new drive and now make it the primary master.

    Reboot and make sure all is fine. Then reformat your old drive and do what you want with it.
     
  6. ElPipo

    ElPipo Guest

    ?

    Bob, thanks for your idea, I have Ghost 2002 installed but if I make a image of the old drive to put into the new one, how can I expand the image to get the OS to reboot from?
    the size of that image will be no less than 6 gigs compressed, like a said before I'm just a regular user please a little more detail on this procedure, and, you assumption is correct the old drive is fine just wanna use the new one, for what I read 7200 will make a big difference over the 5200 that I'm using now, is this true? Will I see a significant increase on performance speed on the computer??


    Thanks.
     
  7. RobbieSan

    RobbieSan Guest

    with Ghost or Drive Image you need to backup the desired partition somewhere other than the partition being backed up.. then you need to 'restore' it.. so, you could backup your current C: to your 8GB D: then connect the new drive and create your new partitions (ie. C: 12GB, D: 8GB, E: 20GB).. now connect the new drive as master and teh 20GB as slave.. boot up with the Ghost or Drive Image boot disk and restore the image to the new C:.. when you copied all the data off teh 20GB to the 40GB you can compeltely remove all partitions on the 20GB drive and create new ones and use it to backup data.. it's a bit of a process if you're new at it..
     
  8. RobbieSan

    RobbieSan Guest

    one thing to note about teh 7200RPM drive is that if your motherboard does not support ATA100 or 133 the drive will default to the motherboard's speed.. if it's currently a ATA66 the drive will run at that speed.. if that's the case get a Promise ATA100 (or equiv) controller and connect the new drive to it and the old drive to the secondary channel on the motherboard or Promise controller..
     
  9. ElPipo

    ElPipo Guest

    Robbie, thanks for the info like u said, sounds like a process, but I dont think I'll have a problem doing that, how can i check the speed on my motherboard (ATA 66 or 100)?? I don't have the motherboard manual to get that info, if I open the case can i Get that info from the motherboard itself ?

    Thanks for mention this subject.
     
  10. 2z

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  11. RobbieSan

    RobbieSan Guest

    or you can use SiSoft Sandra to determine a bunch of system info.. it should tell you what mainboard model you have so you can check the mfg website for detailed specs..
     
  12. ElPipo

    ElPipo Guest

    thank you guys.
     
  13. Bob S

    Bob S Guest

    You do not make a Ghost compressed image. You merely copy the entire drive to the new drive. I could write it out for you, but just check your Ghost help files. Believe me I do it all the time.
     
  14. ElPipo

    ElPipo Guest

    thanks bob

    I didn't think of that option,no need to write it, will get, like u said, from the help menu.

    will do over the weekend, thanks a lot for all your help, and all the other people who replied w/ suggestions and answers to my problem.

    Thanks for that link twozigzagcolt45, I download the program and is a great utility, my mobo supports ATA 100.
     
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