Transplanting System To New Drive

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I have an IBM P3-450 with 256 MB (the max) and a 12.1 GB hard drive with 500 MB of free space.  I run Win 98SE.  My system started seizing up intermittently (seizing = freezing temporarily for several seconds), and I'm figuring that this might be due to the fact that I'm forcing my system to use virtual memory and it has such little free space on my hard disk.

So, I bought a new 40 GB Western Digital 7200 RPM hard disk.  Even if the new HD doesn't fix the seizing, I wanted more space anyway, so it's still a good purchase.

MY QUESTION:

I would like to install the new, bigger HD as my boot drive, transplant (cut and paste) my Win 98SE system from my original (12.1 GB) drive, and use the 12.1 GB drive as auxilliary storage.

How can I do this?
What, if any, problems might there be?
How should I configure my swap files (how many, which drive(s), size(s)) and how do I do this?

Thanks,

mjw
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Hello

First of all you need to copy your windows to the new drive (40GB) you can use with symantec ghost of any edition if we talking about win98se.

The windows usaully work well after that.
After the copy you will have more disk space so you can configure the swap files in the properties of my computer -> performance -> virtual memmory.
   
My suggestion to you is let windows configure automaticaly the swap files (virtual memmory).
In win98 as I know it's not so good to configure the virtual memmory it couse many problems after that.

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Several problems i can forsee,  First, is that your system may or may not see the full potential of the 40 gig drive.  That would depend on how new/old your computers IDE controller is.  You may need to flash your motherboard's bios, or you may need to buy a new IDE controller or lastly, use a drive overlay software that you can usually download of the hard drive manufacturer website.  However your system, may see the full potential of the drive.  IF that is the case, then no worries.  

As suggested, the best way to copy your drive, is to use such software as Ghost.  I prefer that method myself.
Here is an overview of how you can Ghost your drive:
http://ghost.radified.com/

Virtual memory settings i would suggest to set it to at least 1.5 times the amount of ram you have....so technically i would have 768mb of ram for my choice for virtual memory.
rid

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I'd strongly suggest you try out some different settings for virtual memory first, to see if you can get rid of the seizures.... Why ghost a malfunctioning system?

Try defragment your HD and then set the page file (virtual memory space) to a defined value (max=min=256MB, if you have 256 MB free on the drive).

Find out what programs are running and close the unneeded ones.

If you get the system running OK, by all means go ahead with the transplant. You do need to use something like ghost or make your new drive bootable in some other way, before you move windows files.


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Why did you have to copy and paste your windows 98SE? you could just simply connect the harddirve to your computer, and use it as another drive in windows (as far as i see most computer have 2 Harddrive ports) just set the new drive as the primary slave and the first hard Disk to primary Master in the CMOS system by pressing Del while computer it starting up.

If you would really want to transport your system on to a bigger disk you could just copy and paste all the files on to your bigger harddisk then jus reinstall windows again, Windows will normally keep the old settings and Reg Files anyway after reinstall.

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spindreams: Before you do that you have to set Windows Explorer to show all files otherwise hidden files will not be copied. And I am surprised that Western Digital's drive did not have a floppy that would give the option to create a copy of the existing drive on the new hard drive.
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Phoenix, if this is an OEM version, it comes with nothing but a bare drive.
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Also look at some free or free to try tools to do the drive imaging for you.


http://zdnet.com.com/3000-2248-10147532.html?tag=lst-0-17

http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/image.html  free for 30 days full version

also see
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Q_20092048.html

I hope this helps !
mjw

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Hi Folks,

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you.  In the end, it turns out that Western Digital has a utility on a boot floppy that comes with each new HD, which is specifically designed to transplant a system from the old drive to the new one, exactly as I was interested in doing.  I used this method, and it worked perfectly.

Benzi_s was first in answering and right on, however, so I'm awarding points to him.  Thanks to the rest of you who posted comments as well--they were all helpful and provide useful information for the future.

Regards,

mjw
mjw

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Hi Folks,

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you.  In the end, it turns out that Western Digital has a utility on a boot floppy that comes with each new HD, which is specifically designed to transplant a system from the old drive to the new one, exactly as I was interested in doing.  I used this method, and it worked perfectly.

Benzi_s was first in answering and right on, however, so I'm awarding points to him.  Thanks to the rest of you who posted comments as well--they were all helpful and provide useful information for the future.

Regards,

mjw

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