COPY HARD DRIVE IMAGE TO ANOTHER HARD DRIVE

I have made a new P-III-450 computer with new hard drive.  I want to copy operating system and all files on new hard drive. (do not wants to load new operating system) & use that hard drive on new computer so that I have original Hard drive as it is and a new hard drive with same thing.  I have software called "DRIVE IMAGE " by powerquest.
Once I copy the hard drive How could I make that hard drive work with my new mother board I believe there will be conflict between the controllers.
sadik_2000Asked:
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jhanceCommented:
I don't recommend the procedure you are proposing.  The problem is that your Windows installation will be incorrect for the new hardware.  You will undoubtedly end up with messed up hardware detection and incorrect drivers for the actual hardware.

I know it's a real pain to install Windows and then install all of your apps.  But you will suffer a lot more pain the other way and still will end up doing a clean install.
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sadik_2000Author Commented:
One software that I have on the old system is the older version software.
I lost that version cd rom. I am not fimilar with the newer version plus It dosent convert the file right so I have to have the older setup.
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sadik_2000Author Commented:
One software that I have on the old system is the older version software.
I lost that version cd rom. I am not fimilar with the newer version plus It dosent convert the file right so I have to have the older setup.
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jhanceCommented:
Good luck then.  You'll need it!
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swilliamsCommented:
It will work but you will have to play with the O/S as it re-detects the hardware.  It will require many reboots and any driver disks for the hardware that the O/S does not properly recognize.
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Jason_SCommented:
This can be done either before, or after the files are all copied to the new hard drive.  To clear out the hardware table, and redetect the new, do the following.

You will want to boot to Safe Mode, and clear everything (I do mean EVERYTHING) out of Device Manager.  Then reboot, and go in to Control Panel, and Add New Hardware.  Let it detect all hardware.  Once complete, reboot.  The system will then find more hardware on its own.  Tell it No to the reboot until you are at your desktop.  When there, reboot, and repeat until it boots normally.

If the only new hardware is the hard drive, (looks like maybe you also replaced the system board?) then you can skip the above.

This will work the best for what you want to do.  But if the system seems to have problems, you should be prepared to perform a fresh install.
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tvanlintCommented:
the success of this operation is variable depending on the number of changes in the motherboard.  Someone at my work just did exactly this going from a P200MMX to a PIII500 and it failed.  There were just too many changes for poor old Win98 to cope with.  

I have successfully done this in the past.  Assuming you can keep the old machine for a bit you can try it and if it doesn't work you can go back to the old system and you haven't lost anything but time.

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darrenmurtCommented:
Been here afew time myself, firstly if you can obtain a copy of ghost5, this will create a direct copy of your old hard drive onto the new drive, no need to partition or format. Once windows restarts it will autodetect all of the new hardware, you may get a few conflicts but it is usually simple enough to resolve them.
A few things that are mentioned above will certainly help,
remove as much as possible from the device manager,
uninstall any software that is specific to your hardware,
remove any drivers that are loaded in config.sys etc
My last effort doing this was from a p166,2.1GB to a pII350 8.6gb worked fine. Also nothing to loose by tring as the old hard drive is still intact.
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jgagneCommented:
Try using, in the run command, the following:

xcopy32 /e/v/y/h c:*.* d:

You may need to do a sys d:\ after booting up from a floppy as the hard drive may not boot.  You may also have to do an fdisk on the hard drive beforehand.  Good luck - it doesn't always work.
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Jason_SCommented:
sadik_2000:  Any feedback from you?  What is the status?
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sadik_2000Author Commented:
ALL ABOVE SUGGESTIONS WERE GREAT BUT IT CREATES ALL KIND OF PROBLEMS. I AM GOING TO TAKE THIS QUESTION AWAY FROM THE SITE.
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Jason_SCommented:
The potential for problems is real.  The best you can hope for is to follow the above comments to the leter.  Even then, you may still have problems.
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