How to copy a C: drive image to a new HDD

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I have about 4gig of data on an old P-233 C: drive, and want to image this data to a new P.C.'s C: drive.
The idea being to avoid installing anything at all, because many of the programs on the old P.C. do not have any install disks, and cannot be run simply by copy the files manually.  What is the best way to do this?  Are we talking comm port DOS data transfer, or can the image be copied to multiple CD's and then restored?
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The O/S in question is Win98SE, and the old HDD is in FAT32 format.
Top Expert 2007
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Symantec Ghost, and powerquest Drive Image can both do this.

Also a simple xcopy will also work

If the Old drive is D:, and the New is C:

then
xcopy d:\ c:\ /c/h/k/s
will copy everything over.

You will still need to boot form a win98 floppy and do

sys c:

from the floppy after you have partitioned it and formatted.

I hope this helps !
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In addition, many new hard drives will come with software to do the image for you.

I hope this helps !
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Top Expert 2007

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See if this will work - It says it handles FAT32 and NTFS. Maybe it will work also in win98/ DOS

http://download.com.com/3000-2248-10147532.html?tag=lst-0-16

I hope this helps !

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You can do an Xcopy with a C: drive?  I'm basicly moving an operating system here from one P.C. to another. The problem is an Xcopy of an entire C: drive will not work  - You get sharing violations. (Try it and see)   In dos mode there's no point running and xcopy because there is no network to copy the data to.  
I'll try those other two programs and post the results.
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One more - full featured 30 day demo.

http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/image.html

I hope this helps !
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.

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Try this xcopy

http://www.xxcopy.com/

There is a switch in xcopy which permits you to ignore file errors (can't remember which one) but xxcopy offers more power and flexibility.  

And it's free.

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Yep - Nice work there SysExpert.  The xcopy did the trick.  I of course forgot that when doing an xcopy, you would naturally boot from floppy disk to DOS mode, and thus avoid the file sharing errors.  I simply added the source HDD to the new P.C. then used xcopy d:*.* c:\ /s  followed by a sys c:
I had some errors using the 'C' 'H' & 'K' parameters on the xcopy command, but the desired result was achieved without them. The reason for doing this instead of a clean install steamed from a problem obtaining orginal install disks for some old software.  A couple of the companies had gone out of business, and I was unable to simply copy the program files across, because you always have the problem of adjusting the registry and adding any windows/system files.
Thanks again to SysExpert for the help.

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