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I want to purchase a new computer. How can I transfer my files and programs from my existing hard drive (2.3 G 200MMX Pentium) to the new hard drive?
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After installing the second harddrive on the available IDE channel (configured as slave), use Symantecs Ghost program to copy the filesystem onto the new drive.  You can have Ghost mimic your current partition sizes or else have it use the entire size of the new disk.

Finally turn the PC power off, change the slave to master on your new drive and remove your old drive (or atleast demote it to slave so that it can coexist with the new drive).

Ghost can be obtained from http://www.symantec.com/sabu/ghost/ghost_personal/

Unfortunately it will set you back $63.  There are no shareware copies of it kicking about and I don't know of any other vendors that have been doing the low-level disk dupes as long as Ghost (who was originally owned by a company called Ghostsoft).

I've used it for close to 6 years now and it works with W95 (FAT16/32), W98 (FAT16/32), W3.x, and NT (3.x, 4.0 and 2000) with NTFS.  You can Ghost to a file (great for backups), disk to disk, disk to partition or else disk to network file server (vice versa).

Cheers,

Gary
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thanks---i'll try it
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Cheers!
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