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I presently have a 540MB HDD as drive c and a 2.1GB as drive d.   I have just got a 1.2GB drive which I want to install as drive C to replace the 540MB.   I would like to copy the whole of drive C to drive D. Install the new 1.2GB and then copy everything back to save me reinstalling W95 and all drivers etc.   Is there a simple way of doing this so the new drive will boot up automatically.

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Mike
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Mike,
How are the drives presently setup in Bios?  Do you have a CDROM?
Regards,
Ralph

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Hi Ralph.

Both drives are set up in bios, yes I have a CD ROM.   The question is how do I copy the contents of C to D, and then replace the 540MB drive with the 1.2GB and copy back.

I can simply replace the drive and do a full install of all my S/W but I'm getting lazy in my old age.


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Mike,
I meant to say: "How are the drives configured in BIOS?" (Primary Master/Slave, Secondary....., etc.)
There are many methods to do what you want, but I need to know how you are set up now in order to lay it out properly.
Ralph

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by:mikejames
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OK Ralph, the drives are primary master for c slave for d and secondary for CDROM e

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Mike
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Mike,
I would copy the C: drive to the new one intead of D: in order to get everything in it's proper place.
) Create a bootable floppy disk from CONTROL PANEL> ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS> STARTUP DISK.
) It is a good idea to empty the "Windows\Temp Internet Files", the Windows\Temp" folders and the "Recycle Bin" before you start.
) Install the new drive by simply swaping it with the CDROM temporarily, for the copying.  Be sure the drive is jumpered as master and the BIOS recognizes it correctly at bootup.
) Boot with the startup floppy and run FDISK to partition the new drive as a primary dos partition.
) Remove floppy from the drive, reboot and start Windows.
) From Explorer, right-click on the new drive and click "Format...".
Make sure you turn on "Copy system files" so it will copy the IO.SYS and boot record properly.
) From Explorer View menu, click Options... and turn on "Show all files" (including hidden & system files).  This insures that we will copy everything including registry and all attributes, long filenames, etc.
) From Explorer, create a new folder on the new drive.  Name it the same as your Windows95 directory on the C: drive.  Then select ALL files and folders except for Win386.SWP if it exists, and drag them to the Win95 folder on the new drive. (You can hit Edit/Select All to do this quickly, then hold CTRL and click on the WIN386.SWP file to unselect that file.)
) Next, select ALL files from the Root of the C: drive, and unselect IO.SYS, COMMAND.COM, Win386.SWP if it exists, and your Win95 directory. Be sure to leave MSDOS.SYS selected.  Then drag them to the new drive.
) When this is complete, shutdown and power off.  Exchange the new drive with the original drive C: and re-install the CDROM.
) Reboot with the startup floppy.  Be sure the BIOS recognizes the new drive and run FDISK to make the new partition active.
) Remove the floppy and reboot to your new C: drive.

Let me know about typos or if you need more.

Regards,
Ralph
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Cheers Ralph
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