Hard drive

I would like to know if their is a way, without using a software program to copy one hard drive to another within windows xp. I want to go from a 40 gig to a 80 gig HDD without doing a reformat.

Timmy
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pjargonConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If you have a maxtor or western digital, both those drive manufacturers have disks you can download for free that'll do it for ya.
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sunray_2003Commented:
Timmy

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OliWarnerCommented:
But to answer your question - No - Not without additional software.

But you can download a copier like XXCopy (http://www.xxcopy.com/) which will do the job but I would recommend Partition Magic as it's just the best for doing something like this, especially when you want to resize the partition to 80 megs after you've copied it.
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pjargonCommented:
um.. that is, the 80gb drive has to be maxtor or wd
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trimixdiverCommented:
Use windows backup. Do the backup store it on the old HD. Then install Winxp (dont activate) on your new HD. Browse to the backup and restore to the drive your running now.
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MarkDozierCommented:
The only answer to your question is NO. As you have seen from the postings there are a great varity of programs to do what you want.
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mcp_jonCommented:
The answer is NO. But you have lots of FREE software to do this.
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skiippiieCommented:
Even with software, you would most likely end up with a 40 gig partition on your 80 gig hard drive that would contain the 40 gig data. You would have to set up the remaining 40 gigs as a separate partition. The solution to that would be partition magic or other program that allows you to manipulate partitions.
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pjargonCommented:
If you go with the drive manufacturer's software (the best bet here) you won't have to resize the partition, it'll just copy it over
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OliWarnerCommented:
But if it doesnt resize it then you've got nigh on 40 gigs of wasted space on the drive.
Partition Magic will allow you to copy the partition from 1 disk to another and then resize it...
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pjargonCommented:
um.. yeah it will.
It doesn't image the drive.  You format the 80 and then it copies the contents from the 40 into the 80.
At least, that's what it did for me last week ;)
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