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InvisibleMushie_Man
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Moving OS onto different drive and dito.
    #4186374 - 05/17/05 02:02 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

This question is kind of complected, i don't know if there are any program's out there to achieve this but here it goes..

I fitted my computer with two hard drives; one 60GB and the other 20GB. I have just formatted my computer, i moved all my wanted file's onto my spare 20GB H/D and formatted my 60GB, therefor installing my OS system back onto my 60GB H/D. After thinking about it, it would have been much simpler to install my O/S on my 20GB BUT install all of my files/programs onto the 60GB. This would greatly improve the performance of my system, if my OS drive is clean, it would run alot faster and reliable. At the moment its the opposite, i have my OS system on my 60GB H/D with my 20GB for file's. This leaves a wasted 60GB H/D and not alot of storage space.

I was wondering if there was any programs out there with could effectively switch the files on my drives, therefor running my OS on my 20GB leaving my 60GB for storage. I'm not saying this is possible, but has anyone any idea's?

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Re: Moving OS onto different drive and dito. [Re: Mushie_Man]
    #4186456 - 05/17/05 02:15 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

probably best to just burn all your files onto dvd-rs and then start all over.


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Re: Moving OS onto different drive and dito. [Re: Mushie_Man]
    #4188355 - 05/17/05 08:52 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Ther are programs out there that will image drives & copy partitions.
Some of these are Partiton Magic, Nortons Ghost & some others. In order to use these programs you have to follow certain procedures.
Or you could do it this way if all your data & operating system combined equals less than your 20 gig drive.
1. Copy your data from your 20 gig drive to your 60 gig drive
2. Reboot & make sure everything transfered ok
3. If everything is ok to your satisfaction, reformat the 20 gig drive
4. Shutdown the computer & disconnect the 60 gig hard drive (or you could disconnect it before you reformat the 20 gig drive whichever you feel safer with), after you disconnect the drive you will probably need to change drive jumper settings on the 20 gig drive since you only have one drive installed now
5. Install your operating system from your CD onto the 20 gig drive
6. After the OS is installed & the drivers, etc are installed, shutdown the computer.
7. Reinstall your 60 gig drive BUT make sure you change your drive jumper settings (the opposite of your original dual drive configuration). If your using master slave configurations 20 gig would be master & 60 gig would be slave because you want your 20 gig to be the bootable drive.
8. Transfer your data from your 60 gig drive to your 20 gig drive.
9. Reboot & make sure everything is transfered on your 20 gig drive & is ok to your satisfaction.
10. Reformat your 60 gig drive.
11. Transfer your data from your 20 gig drive to your 60 gig drive.
12. Reboot & make sure the transfer went ok
13. Remove your data from the 20 gig drive so that the only thing remains is your operating system on your 20 gig drive.

Hope I didn't miss any steps

This is a lot of steps but you don't have to buy any programs & also you would still have to do some of these steps even if you were using some programs.

One other thing you may consider before you change anything, compare the speeds & cache of the drives, your 60 gig may be a faster drive with a larger cache than the 20 gig which would make the 60 gig better performing.


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