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    Replacing Hard Disc

    I'm thinking of replacing my hard disc with a much larger one, 60 or 80 Gig. Some questions for the experts:
    1) How do I copy my existing disc across to the new disc (do I use software like Drive Image)?
    2) Is it best just to add a new disc rather than replace the old one?
    3) What is the best software to partition the new disc into separate drives?
    4) How can I get thecomputer to boot from the new disc if it is just an additional disk?
    5) Any other considerations?

    Many thanks.

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    Re: Replacing Hard Disc

    I'd like to throw my CDN <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> on this topic.

    1. <LI>The easiest way (I feel) to copy data from one HD to another, is to simply have the hard drives in the same computer, and simply copy the data using Windows Explorer. This works great for data files (graphics, documents, spreadsheets, etc...), put not for programs. You'll have to reinstall your software for it to work correctly.
      <LI>I like to make the new HD my primary disk, and any old drives are then supplimental. Saying that however, if you're worried about the reliability of the replaced drive, either make it the OS and Software drive, and have data (and drivers, and install files (zips, lhas, etc...)) on the new drive. This allows the data to be safer, and the actual software can be reinstalled if the old drive goes bad.
      <LI>You can go out and purchase software such as Partition Magic from PowerQuest to do this for you, but if you're on the cheap side (like me), using the fdisk command from a DOS command line (use a boot diskette or CD...), you can setup the partitions fairly easily, for a clean HD. If you'd like to try, MerC has a link on his site to <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.mercury.org.uk/dnlds4.htm#Mark5>FIPS 2.0</A>. This is free, under the GNU General Public License. This little utility is great if you want to partition for use with multiple OSes, such as Linux. I haven't tried it, but I was thinking about it....
      <LI>I can't answer your number 4 question... it's not in my realm of knowledge...sorry!
      <LI>Always remember to backup your HD before doing this... it's usually not needed... but you never know!
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: Replacing Hard Disc

    I'd suggest adding the drive as a second hard drive.
    No need to copy anything, unless the drive is so much faster, that it will make a difference.

    Most of the ghard drive manufacturers have downloadable installation instructionsd that should answer all of your questions and most have toll free telephone numbers to help you install, etc.

    Instead of buying a retail boxed drive, save monet and buy the bare drive. Usually those come only with the bare, no pun intended, to install. You can buy any needed drive rails or screws locally at far less than you'd pay if you bought them with a full drive kit.

    Even if you buy a bare drive, you can download the necessary instructions from the drive vendor.

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    Re: Replacing Hard Disc

    Regarding item 4, I'd boot from the new drive only if it were faster than the old drive.

    You don't say what OS you have.
    Here;s what I've done (and I don't mess with Partition Magic and software of that ilk):

    On a Win 3.1 system, with an internal IDE drive, I added external SCSI drives. I installed Win 95 on one of the SCSI drives, which resulted in a dual Win 95/Win 3.1 system. Default boot is to Win 95.

    On a Win 98 system, with an internal SCSI drive, I added a 2nd internal SCSI drive on which I installed Win 2000. Again, a dual boot system. I rarely boot to Win 98.

    I will be adding a 3rd hard drive to the Win 98/Win 2000 system. Have not yet decided between SCSI and IDE. And I will be installing a 2nd Win 2000 system, resylting in a triple boot Win 2000/Win 2000/Win 98 system.

    Depending on the speed of the 3rd drive, I will decide whether to put th 2nd Win 2000 system on the new drive or on one of the other drives.

    None of this requires Partition Magic, etc.
    Windows creates a boot.ini file on the C drive, and uses that to determine from where to boot. You can manually edit boot.ini, but do not do so unless you are SURE you understand things. Books such as Windows 2000 Secrets and the MSFT Press' Win 2000 Resource Kit describe all this multiple booting hanky panky and boot.ini.

    P.S. I would only use products such as Partition Magic if I wanted to also have non-Windoze partitions in addition to Windoze partitions,

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    Re: Replacing Hard Disc

    Hi
    I've just done the upgrade you're about to embark on. It ought to have been straightforward. It wasn't. Mind you, I do have a triple boot system - but theyre all on FAT32 partitions.

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    Re: Replacing Hard Disc

    Thank's everyone, your replies have put me on the right track (excuse the pun).

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