Upgrade my system disk

  johnincrete 12 Jul 12
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I have two hard drives C: and D: C: is 7 or 8 years old and I want to replace it by a new, bigger drive. It contains the original XP plus updates to S3 plus all my programs. Its total size is 146GB of which 63GB is free. D: is data of various kinds and the drive is quite full waiting for me to delete something. Its total size is 596GB of which 135GB is free.
I also have an old external WD drive of size 232GB of which 112 GB is free. I have Acronis True Image Home 2010 and regularly take backups of various kinds to the external disk. What strategy do you suggest to somehow copy C:, fit a new drive and then copy back? I want to preserve the programs - it would be tiresome to re-install everything. XP was factory installed and I do not have a disk.

  rdave13 12 Jul 12

I don't use Acronis but I would put the new bigger drive in an usb caddy and simply 'clone' it. With Paragon it will clone a drive to the same percentages if you have partitions.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12 Jul 12

1 buy new drive

2 fit to PC (internally or externally

  1. Use acronis to clone old C to new drive

  2. swap new and old drives and see if the system will boot off new drive.

  3. check everything is as it was before you swapped drives.

  4. remove old drive and smash if contains sensitiveness data.

  johnincrete 13 Jul 12

Fruit Bat: 1.There is only space for 2 disk drives in the computer. Should I physically remove D: and put the new one in its place? 2. When you say "swap the drives" is this a physical swap or is it something else? 3. From my questions, you will see I know very little about the hardware. Is what I am wanting to do a reasonable job for me or should I seek professional help?

  hastelloy 13 Jul 12

You could put the new drive in an external enclosure but, if you don't have one or don't want to, you could physically remove your D: drive and replace it with the new one. If it's IDE you will need to set it as a slave.

Then clone C: to the new drive. Remove both drives, set the new drive to master (if IDE) and put it in place of the old C: drive. Replace your original D: drive. Check that it all works before disposing of the old drive.

I would strongly recommend an external drive for making backups and/or for extra storage as, if you have a HDD go belly up you could lose everything on it.

  onthelimit1 13 Jul 12

First I suggest you check whether the drives are IDE or SATA (you say 7 or 8 yrs old, so could be either). If all drives are SATA, disconnect D and plug those leads into new one. Then clone as FB suggests. If IDE, a bit more work is involved with jumpers on the back of the drives.

  onthelimit1 13 Jul 12

Sorry, overlapped with Marvin a bit while I was typing (slowly!).

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