hey all, i have a seagate 20gb hd and have 3 partitions in it. i had to rma my western digital 40gb drive. hope to get a new one soon. anyway i plan on using both hd's in my system.
my seagate hd has winxp pro on it. i wanted to transfer the data on the seagate drive to the western digital drive. would doing this alter my winxp pro installation? western digital has this program that can copy data from one hd to another, but seeing as i have three partitions in my seagate drive i'm worried that it may cause a lot of problems.
any info would be greatly appreciated. thanks
Processor: Athlon XP 2100+ (Palomino)
Motherboard: GA-7VAXP (Revision 1.1)
Memory: Micron's Crucial 512MB PC3200
Video: ATI Radeon 9600 AIW - 128 MB DDR
PSU: 400W Hercules
HardDisks: Western Digital 40GB + 8MB Cache, Seagate 20GB
Operating System: W
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the program you have from WD is the same idea that comes with Maxtor and other drive manufacturers when you buy a new disk. This program will let you copy all 3 partitions to the disk. I recommend you run a complete scandisk on your drive first though, Otherwise you'll get nothing but problems when using the program during the actual copying process. Also, you need to have about 10% free space on your 20GB before you can copy the contents to the other drive.
Be carefull, and back-up all your data before. Because Windows XP uses Hardware Abstraction Layer, you may get some wierd happenings when you try to boot xp on from the new drive.
would that program work on a HD with a bad boot sector aswell? That would just be awesome if I could bypass the boot sector and copy everything over and sort thruogh it. I have roughly 60GB free space on my HD now that is working.
Chances are, if you have bad boot sector the program will not allow you to perform the copy operation. I have experiences this with MAXBlast software for Maxtor drives. But, that doesn't mean it WON'T, just be prepared for it.