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Hello there,

Ok. i got this hard drive, the one i am currently working on. Its a 40GB maxtor. And i got 2 partitions on it.
C: for all windows and other program files.
D: for only data.

And i am thinking of buying a new hard drive. Probably an 80 GB Seagate.

I am just wondering,, if it is possible to entirely copy all the contents of my 'Old' Hard drive (Both C: and D:) to my 'New' Seagate Hard drive.???

Thanks
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If you are going to keep at least 2 partitions on the new drive the answer is yes
The program you use will depend on which OS you are using.
Alot of experts like Ghost or the copy utility thet comes with the new HD.

I use this one:  ( not sure if it works with NTFS filesystem )

Xclone

http://www.softlookup.com/download/down9372.html
http://www.simtel.net/welcome.php

Slave new HD to old HD as said above, then run Xclone from a DOS  prompt in windows:

xclone c: d:    It will copy everything but the swapfile ( which windows will recreate later ),
then make the new drive master and you are done. This is a freeware program and I use it to clone my HD before I do something new and/or stupid with my computer ( about every 2 or 3 weeks )      ; )    Don't forget to Fdisk and Format the new HD first.
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If you are using ghost to transfer, then make sure that you make a ghost boot disk & boot off this after installing the new drive.
this is most important cause if you ghost from windows it will write the page file to the new drive & on the reboot it will not get past your login.
A simple clone will achieve your desired results.
cheers
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Thank you much.    : )
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