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RE : installing a 2nd hard drive
kamal Sep-21-00 03:41 PM
Hi,
I have a pentium 200 mmx system running on WIN95 with a C drive of 3.6gig and I installed a new 8gig drive as D.
I want to swap the drives and copy the o/s and data so I have a newer drive as C and the older drive as D.
What is the best procedure to do this task.
I have the new drive installed as D now.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Regards
Kam Darbar


1. RE: RE : installing a 2nd hard drive
lbyard Sep-21-00 03:55 PM
In response to message 0
What version of Windows 95 do you have? It makes a difference. See http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/software/winver.htm
Larry

2. RE: RE : installing a 2nd hard drive
kamal Sep-21-00 04:10 PM
In response to message 1
Hi Larry,
I have WIN95
VERSION 4.00950b,

3. RE: RE : installing a 2nd hard drive
lbyard Sep-21-00 05:47 PM
In response to message 2
Or Windows 95 OSR2. A full OEM version of Windows which is normally sold as part of a new computer.

One cannot simply xcopy the files from the old drive to the new one…

The best way I know of is to copy the old drive to the new one is to connect the new drive to the secondary IDE port on your motherboard (if it has one--disconnect your CD-ROM) use Partition Magic (http://www.powerquest.com/partitionmagic/index.html) to copy an image of the old drive to the new one. In case I have the misfortune of a drive which is DPA, II do not usually physically install the drive first; just plug in the cables and lay it on its back, making sure nothing is going to get shorted-out when the power is applied and that it isn’t going fall off the bench, etc. You could jumper it as a slave and the old drive as a master with slave present, etc. and hook it to the cable going to the primary IDE interface, but the transfer will be faster with it connected to the secondary and you shouldn’t have to change the drive jumpers. You may have to go into the CMOS setup and change the secondary drives to AUTO. Be sure they are set for LBA if that is choice beyond auto.

For a one-time transfer, however, the cost of Partition Magic is quite steep…
Norton Ghost (http://www.symantecstore.com/Product/0,1057,2-1-SN107013,00.html) is cheaper or free with many motherboards, such as those mad by EpoX. If the drive is a Western Digital drive, WD diags (http://duxcw.com/digest/Fromshop/diags/wddiag.htm -- there is a new version with a new name and I need to update the article) is capable of moving an image of a drive partition, but it is a bit simplistic and I don’t recall the details of how to do it.

Before I would spend any money, I would make a OEM preinstall floppy (a process I am not allowed to divulge, but I am sure you can find on the Internet somewhere), remove the old drive, install the new one, install Win 95 on the new drive, connect the old drive as slave, copy all of your data (not all of Windows, but do copy favorites, cookies, and the password file, and mailbox) to the new one, and reinstall all applications, etc.

Or you ,may have a recovery floppy which came with your computer and may work on the new drive.

Or make a startup disk (somewhat like http://duxcw.com/digest/Fromshop/software/windows/startup/startup.htm) with CD-ROM support (test it), partition the new drive into two partitions (C: = 2 - 4 gigs), format them, copy the cab files to the hard disk (use http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/software/windows/upgrade/intro.htm for guidance), and install form the hard disk drive. Come back if you are still unsure of how to proceed. Larry


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