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I just received my 74gb Raptor and need some help transferring all my junk from my 120gb Seagate...I plan on keeping the Seagate for all my media and extra storage, then running the programs and such off of the Raptor. So what I need to do is transfer everything from the Seagate to the Raptor (meaning, make a copy) then format the Seagate, then transfer what I want, like media, back to the Seagate. I think this is all correct...but i need help!

I got the drive screwed in and hooked up properly...I log into Windows and it comes up with "New Hardware Detected (Disc Drive)", just like it would bring up when you plug in a flash drive. It gives you the options to "Safely Remove Hardware" and stuff like that...It doesn't show up in My Computer.

I read some where that I need to install drivers in order for Windows to detect it. Is this correct? If so, then what do I do? How do I go about copying everything from one drive to the other? Thanks!
 

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Go into bios, if it is recognized then you wont need drivers.
The Seagate website has some software to enable you to copy from one drive to the other.
A better option is Acronis True Image, this will clone from one drive to another flawlessly,
invaluable piece of software IM.
You can try before you buy
http://www.acronis.com/
 

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Alright I checked the bios and sure enough, it is in there. I think I might just do a fresh install on the raptor and then transfer all the files manually...will this be a problem? Is it as simple as dragging and dropping the program folder or do I need to reinstall everything, like say NFS Most Wanted. I won't lose any game info or files by doing this I hope?
 

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You will have to reinstall all you applications and games if you want to have the avantage of the raptor speed, you cant drag and drop them
Or leave them where they are, they will still work.
 

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If you are just looking for storage then you need to format it in Disk Managment by right click My Computer and chooses "Manage" but ot install XP then boot to cd. You could use Ghost or Acronis True Image to transfer one drive to the other.
 

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Alrighty, I guess I'll give Ghost a shot...I have dial up so 45mb will take me a while (overnight) and I'll give this a shot in the morning. Does ghost actually have an option to transfer and entire drive to another or will it be more involved than that? Also like I said, the drive is detected in the bios, but in Windows itself it doesn't show up in my computer or anything. Will this be a problem? Thanks!
 

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If Bios "sees" the drive then Ghost should also.
Windows does not recognize it yet because it has not been formatted ( formatting is not required for cloning)
I have not used Ghost myself I prefer Acronis, there should be an option to clone from one drive to another
 

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The free trial of Acronis is fully functional for 14 days.
http://www.acronis.com/

Your Raptor should have come with a CD that will also let you Clone the 120 to the Raptor.

I don't know how old the system on your 120 is .. but if I got a Raptor cause I felt the "Need for Speed" ..
I'd install the Raptor and Recover it from the recovery CD/DVDs.
Nothing beats a fresh restore for tuning up a computer.

If you put your computer specs (Make n Model.. etc ..) in your TSG profile .. we could see what you have.
See our Computer icons beside our user names above .... It might make a difference.
 

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Noyb said:
The free trial of Acronis is fully functional for 14 days.
http://www.acronis.com/

Your Raptor should have come with a CD that will also let you Clone the 120 to the Raptor.

I don't know how old the system on your 120 is .. but if I got a Raptor cause I felt the "Need for Speed" ..
I'd install the Raptor and Recover it from the recovery CD/DVDs.
Nothing beats a fresh restore for tuning up a computer.

If you put your computer specs (Make n Model.. etc ..) in your TSG profile .. we could see what you have.
See our Computer icons beside our user names above .... It might make a difference.
Ha, I got the Raptor off ebay cheap...it was new, but didn't come with any CD, mounting hardware, or anything else.

And my pc specs are in my signature if you care to look. I'll try arconis...That's a bigger download but I have nothing to do today lol. Oh and I've had it since October or so of 05', and I take care of it so it's running slow at all.
 

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Hmm, alrighty...But I really don't want to lose any info from my games and stuff. I know I can drag and drop media files from drive to drive, but is there any way I can save my game info since drag and drop isn't an option? Could I like, make a copy of the game data file, reinstall my games, then plop the game data file into the proper folder?

I'd also hate to lose all my apps and programs...like Winamp, AVG, Msn Messenger, and I CANNOT lose stepmania lol...that game has over 500mb of downloading on it and with dial up that's a looooong time.
 

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How much space is occupied in your 120 ???
Can you attach a screen shot of the Disc Management screen for the 120 ??

Sounds like Cloning is your best option.
I’d keep the 120 un-altered for a while in case you need it back.
 

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Wow am I pissed...93% done with the download and my connection timed out. So I guess I'll just go download it at a friends house...

I currently have 79.4gb of free space...the drive shows up as 111gb
 

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Okay, I successfully cloned the Seagate onto the Raptor, but now all I have showing up in My Computer is the raptor. The seagate is now the one in the taskbar with the "Safely Remove Hardware" option. Is this something I need to fix in the bios?
 

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What happens if you re-install the Seagate back as Drive 1 ??

Does the Seagate show up in Disc Management ??

... I wouldn't suggest changing anything in Disc Management yet ..
 

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as was said eariier, put the 120gig in a anti-static bag and put it away on a shelf or some place safe for awhile, use the raptor and make sure it is performing for you, then you can reformat the 120 and install as a storage drive. Without doing a fresh install on the raptor you will most likely see no real increase in performance from the 120, maybe a little, its alway good to do fresh installs, you should have backups of all your programs and files on hand so that you are ready to do a reformat at any time.
 

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Agreed.
Save the Seagate as a backup in case you need to retrieve something …
and until the Raptor gets past its infant mortality stage and you have confidence in it.

Then the Seagate can be installed as a second HD to use for data storage and as a place for temp working files which will speed up some operation even more.

Then, using Acronis .. the OS in the Raptor can also be backed up in the Seagate.

But … Saving the Seagate for a while is no good … If he can’t read it.
It really shouldn’t work this way … What’s Wrong ???
 

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Agreed.
Save the Seagate as a backup in case you need to retrieve something …
and until the Raptor gets past its infant mortality stage and you have confidence in it.

Then the Seagate can be installed as a second HD to use for data storage and as a place for temp working files which will speed up some operation even more.

Then, using Acronis .. the OS in the Raptor can also be backed up in the Seagate.

But … Saving the Seagate for a while is no good … If he can’t read it.
It really shouldn’t work this way … What’s Wrong ???
I know that sounds like a probelm with having SATA as a boot drive and a PATA with an os on it as well maybe pc is confused, what is PATA set to slave?
 

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Brite, the difference is actually night and day as far as performance goes...not gonna lie lol

I asked earlier how I can save all my game data and apps if I were to do a reformat, I don't know how I would go about doing that...

EDIT: Bah nvm..I used Acronis to format and make the Seagate show up in My Computer. I also backed up the entire C: drive to the Seagate (good idea or no?). So if I were to reformat everything on the Raptor right now, how would I get all my data that I backed up back to it, like the games, AVG, MSN...oh and would I also have to redownload SP2?
 

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I also backed up the entire C: drive to the Seagate (good idea or no?)...
Good idea .. That's what Acronis is for ...
But just to check something ...
What is the Acronis backup file name and what size it it. ???
Is the Seagate a SATA or ATA ???

This backup image is a copy of your HD .. Just the way it's set up now .. Installed programs and all.

If you like Acronis .. you can buy it here ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...+image&Submit=ENE&N=0&Ntk=all&Go.x=18&Go.y=29

Version 9 might be good enough for your purposes.
Not sure what happens to the trail D/L after 14 days.
 
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