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New hard drive for my computer.

I have a Western Digital Eide hard drive Ultra ATA 33, 52,000rpm in my computer now. I purchased a new Western Digital Expert Ultra ATA 66, 72,000rpm to replace my old one with.  The question I have is:  What is the easiest way for me to take all my data from my old hard drive and put it on my new hard drive?  I will not be using the old hard drive in this computer after installing the new one.  I will be replacing my old motherboard with a Microstar MS-6167 to support the ATA-66. I will award an additional 100 points if I get a good step by step reply.  I,m new at upgrading.
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fishinopa
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kaytonCommented:
The easiest way is to use software called DriveImage made by www.powerquest.com.  It copies everything easily, but costs around $30.  You can do it yourself for free, but there are many steps to the procedure and it takes a little longer.  Post a comment if you want do-it-yourself instructions.
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RobWMartinCommented:
- Install the new harddrive as usual.

- Install the old hard drive as slave; there is usually a jumper to install somewhere on the hard drive circuit board marked SLAVE or SLV.

- Boot up and install your operating system to the new drive, i.e. C:.

- The old drive will be assigned the next drive letter automaticall;  usu. D: unless you've got multiple partitions/virtual drives on the new drive.

- Copy only the data files from the old drive to the new drive. Some places to look: My Documents, Application specific directories under Program Files (may have application data files; e.g., mail folders and messages)
 N.B.:  You need to reinstall all of the applications of interest unless they are small, single file applets.  You can copy the applets (e.g. jezzball), but the larger, multifile applications will fare better with a fresh install from original media.

-  Tricky:  if you can identify the configuration files for your apps (if any) copy them.  Even if this is possible, it could break things, so only do it if you like taking risks.

-  Power down and remove the old hard drive.

I don't think you will have compatibility problems between ATA-33 and ATA-66.

Hope it goes well!
Rob
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swwelshCommented:
If you search the previously asked questions, you will find this question has been answered many times. For 200 points, you will get a ton of answers, all of them slightly different, and it may just cause you more confusion - this is one those questions that tends to generate argument. As kayton said, repost if you want instructions, and evaluate his solution first since he was first in.
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