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RE installing 2nd hard drive
kamal Dec-11-00 03:45 PM
Hi,
I have a 3.1gig hard drive as C: and want to install a new 10gig drive and make the new drive the C drive and use the old as additional storage.

How do I go about installing the new drive and copying everything from the old C drive to the new and make the new drive the c drive.
What are the steps needed sucessful installation.

Regards
Kam


1. RE: RE installing 2nd hard drive
lbyard Dec-11-00 05:32 PM
In response to message 0
I would use Powerquest’s Partition magic to copy an image of your old drive to the new drive; however, it is more than you need for this task and rather expensive at $69.95 for a one-time installation. I see from a visit to Powerquest’s site that they have another product called Drive Image (http://www.powerquest.com/driveimage/index.html) that should work and that a fully operational, 30-day trial version is available. There are other products of this nature on the market and shareware programs, such as Hard Drive Upgrader (I have not used this program), which can be downloaded (http://download.cnet.com/downloads/1,10150,0-10001-103-0-1-7,00.html?tag=st%2Edl%2E10001%2Esbsr&qt=hard+disk&cn=&ca=10001). You would want to jumper the new drive as Master with a Slave drive present, the old drive as a Slave, and connect them to the same cable. Or, you may be able to temporally connect the old drive as a Master on secondary IDE interface (disconnect your CD-ROM if it is installed on the secondary) for the transfer. This would speed-up the transfer of the image. You may have to change your computer’s CMOS Setup to accommodate the drives. Most motherboards have an automatic setting for the drives and that should work. If you have a very old motherboard, you may have to enter specific parameters for the drives and you may have to upgrade the BIOS to accommodate the 10 G drive (some older BIOS’s cannot handle drives with capacities greater than 8.4 GBytes). I would partition the new drive into two partitions of 2 and 8 GBytes for a 5,200 RPM. I would make the C: drive 4 GBytes for a 7,200 RPM drive. You may have to make the C: drive larger than 2 GBytes to move the image from the old drive. I have not used Drive Image, but I will probably make the first the partition. You can make the second partition and format it using the DOS fdisk and the format commands, respectively, per our Build Your Own Computer and Windows How to articles. It is importation to note that the first partition on the new drive will be C:, the old drive will become D:, and the second partition on the new drive will become E:. To avoid accidentally wiping-out your old drive, I strongly suggest removing the old drive, and jumpering the new drive as a Master without a slave present, right after coping the image from the old drive and before doing anything with fdisk and format. More detail than this would require an extensive article, which I have been working on. Back-up all critical data (My Documents, C:\windows\favorites, c;\windows\cookies, c:\windows\*.pwl, mail boxes, cd-rom driver, c:\autoexec.bat, c:\config.sys, etc.) and record critical settings, such as you Internet configurations, and windows registration number (if you don’t have it, run regedit à HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion, ProductKey) on you old drive before doing anything. Do this at your own risk. Larry

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