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My Hard drive 40 G is full. I've purchased a 200 G Drive. What is the best way to mirror what's on my old drive onto my new drive.

Windows XP Pro AMD XP2800 MSI K7N2 Delta 512 ram
 

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Plug the 200GB drive in and transfer via copy and paste, under WinXP it will automatically prompt you to format the drive if you haven't done so already. As far as I understand a "proper" mirror would necessitate you buying two identical drives and setting them up in RAID-1.
 

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I would perform a fresh installation of Windows on the new HDD, and then hook up the old HDD, then transfer the files. This entails reinstalling programs, but all your files are still there.

That's the way I do it.

edit: I wouldn't actually transfer any files as they'd be there for you to access easily anyway, after hooking up old HDD's to new installations I just leave them as they are...
 

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You will need some third party software to do this, the hard drive makers website will have a utillity for cloning the data from one drive to another
The best software out there as far as I am concernerd is Acronis True Image.
It will clone your old drive over to your new drive
It will restore from backups and much more.
Very user friendy to use
BTW copy and paste is not going to transfer your OS
 

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windows will direct you to format the drive. make sure the 40 is jumpered to
be master with slave and the 200 is jumpered to be a slave (if both on
same cable).

windows can't back itself up or mirror itself.

you need a backup utility that will run outside of windows to
make the backup. i don't use xp so there may indeed be
a backup package included but it would need to run
outsode of windows to work.

there is backup or mirroring software where you could clone
the 40 to the 200. you could then remove the 40 from the
machine and jumper the 200 to be master.

all depends on your drive interface type and how many
drive ports and how many drives you already have.

if you give more details then more specific advice could be given.
 

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The old drive is Maxtor and so is the new One. I currently run the Drive as master and a DVD player as slave on IDEE 0. IDEE 1 has a DVD burner mastered only. I do have maxblast.
 

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robodoc said:
The old drive is Maxtor and so is the new One. I currently run the Drive as master and a DVD player as slave on IDEE 0. IDEE 1 has a DVD burner mastered only. I do have maxblast.
Then mount the 200 on IDE 1 jumpered as a slave.

Format it.

run the bcakup/clone/ghosting software.

if all goes well then you can put the 200 on IDE 0 jumpered as
master.

the 40 you can keep as a spare or put on IDE 1 jumpered as
a slave and use it for a data drive.
 

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Just connect the new drive as slave on the secondary IDE channel.

Run MaxBlast....the program is very easy to work. A couple of clicks and it will start the transfer. When its done, uninstall old drive and install new drive as master.

Program works pretty well, some small hiccups on programs, but nothing major.
 

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really easy Acronis True image, free download of fully fucntional trial software, easy as pie, I even did it, works like a charm.
 

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I'd save the Bourbon until after the thinking part of the operation. :D
 

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Bourbon/water/rocks here, i like that a diet, funny
 
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