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How do I copy hard drive C to larger D

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I have a PC clone that has two hard drives C and D. The C drive(7.5GB) is my master(obviously) and is the smaller and slower. I added the D drive(WD 100 GB 7200RPM) recently and it is running fine, but I want to eliminate my C drive and put all files, including my Win98SE Operating system on the D drive and make it my solo C drive. What I need to know is how do I copy all of my files to my D drive and preserve all that I have without a huge amount of reinstallation and booting. I know how to change the jumpers and such and am able to reinstall the drives so that only the 100GB is available...but I just don't know how to properly copy them to the new drive. Will I have to copy all of my files on the D drive to the smaller C drive, and then reformat the D drive and then...copy all the files to it like a fresh drive? Or can I simply copy all of the files on the C drive to the D drive? I am using the D drive right now only as storage and only contains a few documents and mainly MP3's. IF you have the know-how, please advise me of the safest, most inexpensive, and most complete method of copying all of my "stuff" to my D drive.
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I quote from this page--never mind about 3rd party cloning software. Don't EVEN need it. I have used this simple, free, awesome command from inside of Windows 95, 98, and ME without a hitch. Copied every single thing every time that I've tried it. These instructions seem pretty straightforward, but if you have questions, please ask. I don't do anything too too technical, but have run across some little gems like this that make it simple for even the non-techno-scholarly types like me. I'll throw in this common sense reminder, anyway, tho. Always put any information you'd hate to lose onto floppies, zips, cdr or rw, whether you're getting ready to make changes to the system or not. Everyone knows that, but how many of us really do it. You only have to lose 3 years of quicken ONCE to learn...
Anyway, good luck! It's been an incredible find for me. Hope it helps.

If you would like to clone your hard drive using the DOS command Xcopy, be sure the drive you've installed in the slave position as Drive D, has a primary partition and is formatted.

You will need to format a used drive by opening My Computer, right click Drive D, select Format > Full and select Display summary and Copy System Files.

When your drive to be copied to is formatted, close all open programs and go to Start > Run type XCOPY C:\*.* D:\ /c/h/e/k/r, click OK.

A DOS window will open to your desktop and when you are queried about overwriting, simply answer "yes" each time.

You are instructing the computer to copy all the files (*.*) from your filled hard drive called C to the your newly formatted hard drive called D. While copying, your added instructions (/c/h/e/k/r), that are called "switches", instruct the computer to copy attributes, read-only files, all sub-directories, hidden files, system files and to ignore errors.

When you've finished copying your drive over to a new drive, shut down your system. Place your newly created drive in the C position, re-position the driver jumpers to "master". You can now opt to store your source drive, re-use it elsewhere, or change the jumpers to the "slave" position, format it and install it as your new, fresh drive D to add extra hard drive space to your computer system.

A limitation to the DOS Xcopy command is that it can only copy over a single partitioned area from your source drive at a time.

If you're in the market for a larger drive, copying over your system to the new drive can make your upgrade simple and easy.
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PS. Sorry, forgot about the mp3s and stuff. Yes, if you have room, copy them to the c drive first, or again, to cdr or rw if you have that option. You could probly figure that out, huh? LOL. It's just that I've been on both sides of the--"why didn't you SAY so" obvious little thing. Better to repeat than leave out a minor detail, huh?
wow, Great!

but as far as this instruction:
>>You will need to format a used drive by opening My Computer, right click Drive D, select Format > Full and select Display summary and Copy System Files. <<
what do you mean by a "used" drive? you mean in my case, the larger D drive that I want to set up as my master?
Yes, the D drive that now has the mp3s and files, you will need to format that one AFTER you have saved the files and stuff either on the C drive or cds or whatever. If you get that done, and then get everything xcopied over, I would run with the larger drive as the master for a time, just to see if EVERYTHING is ok like that, before you even consider cleaning off the small drive to use for storage or whatever. Like I said, I have never lost any information so far, but I do run the "copied TO" drive for a time, just to make absolutely sure.
is it possible to save the important "stuff" to my laptop with a direct link like a parallel cable or something?...just thinking out loud...I have a good CDRW on my desktop but am just thinking about time.
Have never run a direct cable connection, myself. Maybe someone else would have some better ideas on that part of it...
Hi Mark

It's much faster to burn everything to your CDRW then to use a slow (parallel or serial) direct cable connection. Much easier also. You would need to buy a special serial or parallel cable to get this to work.
The XCOPY command works fine if you are in a windows environment, but nevermind trying to do it from DOS (not DOS window). You will have lotsa fun with long filenames amoung other things. Put a /Y switch at the end and it won't prompt you about the file confirmation stuff.
To expand on what Rockn said.
When you run xcopy.exe from a DOS prompt within Windows, it actually calls xcopy32.exe, a 32 bit application which can handle long file names.
However, from pure DOS it runs itself, and xcopy.exe is a 16 bit application which will truncate long file names.
Recieved this

"response to my hard drive copy question
were you referring to copying all of my "stuff" to cdrw...rather than going through the xcopy command?...or were you answering the query about connections between laptop and desktop...which I have network capability with both.

Thanks much,
Mark C."

I was referring to your wondering about direct cable connection which usually involves hooking up through the parallel or serial port to back up your drive d: If you have networking capabilities between the two systems you could copy the information to the laptop but you would be using the resources of that to hold the information. Probably better to copy the information from d: to a cdrw and copy it back when you are done.

If you want you can make an exact copy of your C drive to a cdr using a program like GHOST. Then when you are done just copy the cd information back using the ghost boot disk. The program ghost is not free.

What has been posted so far about XCOPY should work for you. Just be sure to use all the switches. BOL
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After taking all of your great advice. I chose to find Ghost at Bearshare and downloaded it and ran it. Took all of 10 minutes and it had copied my teeny hard drive to my HUGE slave (which is now my Master and Sole Hard Drive). Thanks again. Now if only I could figure out this stupid networking thing between my Laptop and my Desktop.
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