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I want to relace my c: drive with a new larger disk but do not want to reinstall Windows 98. This is because I would then need to go through the Windows Update route again and spend hours online to Microsoft downloading all the updates again.

Idea 1 -  is to install the new drive as D: and format it (system) then copy everything across. I don't think I can use diskcopy because the drives are different sizes but think there is a version of xcopy (xcopy32?) that will support long file names etc. Then  remove the old drive and set up the new as primary.

Idea 2 - would be to use driveimage to create an image on the new drive  and resize to the maximum. this may give me a problem because the drive is fat32 and driveimage does not support that format (I think).

Idea 3 - I have a third drive available, can I backup to it and restore to the new one?

I do not have access to a tape device.

Any other suggestions or possibilities that don't cost greenbacks?
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Hi Mtech!

Okay, let's run through your ideas..

Idea 1 -  is to install the new drive as D: and format it (system) then copy everything across. I don't think I can use diskcopy because the drives are different sizes but think there is a version of xcopy (xcopy32?) that will support long file names etc. Then  remove the old drive and set up the new as primary.
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Both Drive Copy and Drive Image support Fat and Fat 32. The only way to do what you intend (effectively) is to copy every file to the new drive from a dos prompt. It can be done through dos, but it's a hassle with long file names.
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Idea 2 - would be to use driveimage to create an image on the new drive  and resize to the maximum. this may give me a problem because the drive is fat32 and driveimage does not support that format (I think).
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See above, Drive Copy and Drive Image support Fat 32

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Idea 3 - I have a third drive available, can I backup to it and restore to the new one?

Yes you can. As long as you maintain partition sizes between the old and replacement drives, you can create a backup to the 3rd drive and restore it to the new. The only downside is that you will have to setup the new drive and install Win98 on it. An added step or two that you won't have with Drive Copy or Drive Image.

Any other suggestions or possibilities that don't cost greenbacks?

You've just about covered it. If you had a machine running NT it would be a snap.
Dennis
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Thanks Dennis

You helped me make up my mind - My version of Drive Image (1.02) includes a 'disk to disk' utility that supports FAT32 and will let me resize the new partition on the larger disk so I think I will go for that one.
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Powerquest has posted free updates on their site for Drive Image. Have you checked it out yet?
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Yes but the upgrade from 1.01 to 1.02 times out so I will try am tomorrow when US is tucked up in bed.
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