Replacing a hard drive and transfering existing files

I am going to replace an old hard drive in my computer with a newer and faster one. How do I tranfer all the existing files from the old hard drive onto the new one and format it?. I want to have just one partition. I have windows xp.
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Many drive manufacturers supply a utility to do just that, otherwise check out Norton Ghost, Power Quest Drive Image or it's little brother Drive Copy - a stripped down version that will do the sort of low level copy you'll need.

To do this you'll have to have both drives in a machine at the same time, preferably each on their own channel. Once you've done that you may want to consider leaving the old drive in the machine to put a swap file, temp space, your IE cache, etc.

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Connect your new hard drive as master and the old one as a slave. Then you can transfer all files from slave to master.
Hi copedik87,

1.) Use norton ghost to ghost your current harddisk with the OLD harddisk is what I would suggest as it would have the entire operating system clone over to the new harddisk.

Steps to perform ghosting is as follow:

1.) Put in your norton ghost floppy disk,
2.) Set your Old harddisk as master harddisk on it's jumper settings, set your New harddisk as slave likewise.
3.) Boot your system now once all settings are done and let your system boot from the created norton ghost floppy disk.
(Do remember to set your system to boot up from floppy drive)
4.) Do a Local --------> Disk to Disk

(Take note here for step 4, when selecting source harddisk, u will see the size of both harddisk, choose the old harddisk to be the source and new harddisk to be the destination. Once u use ghost software, u will know what I'm talking about. When u choose destination, u will be given an option to specify how much disk space u want to allocate for C:. So if your New harddisk is larger in size than the Old harddisk, then u will need to specify how much u want in C: Drive)

5.) When ghosting is completed, REMEMBER TO JUST SHUT DOWN YOUR MACHINE AND DON'T REBOOT. (Most users does this step wrong and things goes haywired.)


Before starting up,

1.) Remove Old harddisk first, put in New harddisk and remember to set it as Master settings for the jumpers now.
2.) Remove your norton ghost floppy disk.
3.) Now set your system to boot from harddisk. Your system will function the way it is with the windows xp OS previously.

If u have any queries, do feel free to post here. I'll be glad to assist you more on what you aren't sure about.
Powerquests DriveImage will make you an Image of your drive, It's also more versitile than Norton's Ghost, and generally a better program.  Heres a link to the site:

You would probably want to use a Zip Drive to transfer them all accross or CD's or some other similar size or larger storage device thats available to you.

I hope this helps,


chicagoan has the answer-- you need to award the points. His advice is about the most thorough, although most of the others will work. I would not recommend copying to a zip drive or to cd as this would be time consuming.  
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