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OS Clone/HDD Swap?


DaleF
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I need a little assistance to a problem I have with my setup for my HDD's. I currently have two merely small HDD for my OS & Programs however due to getting the computer originally with the 80GB pre-installed with Windows 7, I installed some programs and what not before getting a new HDD. I then got a 200GB HDD later on from a friend, as HDD prices hit the roof and I was broke at the time, I installed and used this as my secondary HDD for some of my programs & files.

I now have the issue where I want everything on my 200GB HDD, however due to everything being split I'm unsure how to tackle this and have all my software/games & files working properly and in the right place. Most of my software installed I can no longer re-install due to no longer having the disks to hand as I recently moved.

So basically, would there be a way to move my OS from the 80GB included some of the software with it onto the 200GB and have everything working nicely. I've cloned OS before and I know how to do it, but this time I'm a little stuck due to using 2 HDD's instead of one. If any other info is needed I can provide.

Thanks!

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robinofloxley

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I'm am not worried about Boot and System flags myself. It's never seemed to matter for me. Just Active flag.

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DaleF

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I have it set as primary & Active? What steps should I take now?

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robinofloxley

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You mentioned you can't see any files earlier. That's cos you haven't set it as C: yet. (Change Letter).

Before trying that, right click Explore it, just to be sure it looks OK.

Moving just those few MB may take a wee while by the way.

Assumig all done and the new C: set as Active, you must disconnect the 80GB drive on reboot.

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robinofloxley

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These posts crossing.

Set as C:. Disconnect 80GB after shutdown. Reboot with fingers crossed.

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DaleF

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It looks good, I'll set the drive as C: and reboot, indeed with fingers crossed whilst taking that 80GB out.

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DaleF

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Wait, Should I change the letter through boot disc? It won't allow me through the software installed?

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robinofloxley

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Yes. Shutdown, disconnect, reboot with CD, change letter, eject disc, reboot.

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DaleF

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Lets see how this pans out then!

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DaleF

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Never worked, disconnected the drive, loaded the CD up and the program wouldn't let me change the drive letter at all or set as windows boot, as the windows files couldn't be found although the partition is identical to the current C: drive?

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robinofloxley

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It was set as Active, did that get reset?

Can you set as any drive letter at all?

Can you left click the Disk (not partition) then click Rebuild MBR?

Are you online with another computer or keep having to put the working 80GB back in?

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