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copy hard drive
gcambo Jan-02-01 12:26 PM
I tried mirror copying my primary hard drive to my secondary hard drive as I wanted to use this drive on another computer. I typed
xcopy32 c:\*.* d:\*.* /s /c /h /e /r /k
in my windows dos prompt and I saw the files copying over, all but my swap file.
When I put the secondary HD in the other computer
I put a boot disk in the A: drive and turned it on,I was able to get into windows this way but without the boot disk it will not boot up on it's own.
Would you know what I can do to solve this problem
so it will boot up on it's own, I tried fdisk and I am not that shore on what I was doing.
One friend thought I should partition the hard drive before I started copying to it.

Cheers Glenn.


1. RE: copy hard drive
lbyard Jan-02-01 02:24 PM
In response to message 0
A hard disk has to be partitioned and formatted before files can be copied to it. According to Microsoft, “xcopy32.exe is an internal helper program that is not designed to be run directly from the command line. It is designed only to be run as a helper by the main Xcopy.exe program.” Furthermore, one cannot successfully move Windows from one hard disk to another one with xcopy or xcopy32. Microsoft recommends a full backup or the old drive with Microsoft Backup (comes with Windows), installing Windows and Microsoft Backup on the new drive, and restoring from the backup of the old drive. I have found that this procedure often makes a mess of the Windows registry. The best way to copy stuff from an old drive is to copy an image of the old drive/partition to the new one. See our hard disk drive FAQs at http://duxcw.com/faq/hd/hd.htm and http://duxcw.com/dcforum/DCForumID7/104.html#7 for more info. Larry

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