Copy almost an entire hard drive to a new Sys...
Posted on 2005-03-04
I couldnt think of a better way to ask this question.
I have a client that I am building a new computer for. She is a secretary for a lawyer and she has thousands of files from dozens of different programs ranging from Lotus to Quickbooks to various other tax programs. She insists that ALL of these files must be protected and transferred to the new system. She also insists that everything be on her C:\ drive only. Thats the only way that she can find anything. If it is on a D:\ drive or anything else- she is lost. This eliminates adding the old hard drive to the new system.
In most cases, she has used the default file location for these programs to store all these files, ( Ex:c:\windows\programfiles\lotus\...), which means that if these files are not in the same diractory as before- she'll be lost.
My question is-- can I copy the entire old HDD to the new using xcopy or something like it? If so, will it run windows and all these programs after the xcopy? My needed goal here is to have the new system C:\ drive look exactly or very close to the old one.
Also, does xcopy have to have matching partition sizes? Shes going from a 20 Gig HDD to a 120 Gig hdd?
She is presently running W98 and is going to W2000 Professional.
Hope this is enough info. Any suggestions are much appreciated.