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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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The free trial of Acronis is fully functional for 14 days.

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.
Whoops .. bad habit .. I almost never look at Sigs.
I see you got the OEM version ... Here's the WD data life guard tools .. that was missing

I've never used it .. I assume it'll do the job.

Oct 05 ... I'd do a fresh install .. no way of know how much garbage or system kinks you collected.
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.
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 ..
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 ???
tec_41 said:
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 ...

Version 9 might be good enough for your purposes.
Not sure what happens to the trail D/L after 14 days.
Include ALL ... backup the entire drive ... "Create a new full backup" is the right choice.

The file name MUST include the extension (tib) .. like MyBackup1.tib
Acronis doesn't do this by default.

The file size should be about 60>70% of the occupied space in the Raptor... it's compressed.
Yes .. but set your system to show extensions ... to be sure it's not there .. instead of just invisible.
When it's done making the recovery ...
You can mount the backup Image as a Virtual drive that will show up as a new drive in my Computer.
Then you can read the contents .. this would be a good way to check it.
See .. "Explore and Validate backup Archives" in Acronis.
Be sure to un-mount it when done.
If you followed the instructions ..
An Acronis FULL backup is just like Cloning the drive to a new one ..
BUT .. The Cloned image is stored in a backup file .. instead of going straight to a new drive.

It's everything including the MBR in the root of the drive.

I think you're hinting at reinstalling you gaming apps and data on top of a fresh install of windows ... using Acronis.
As far as I know .. this can't be done.
I'd like to see a Screen Shot of your Disc Management screen showing both drives.
Hummm .. Don't see anything unusual.
Does your Mobo support at least two SATA ports ???
I wonder what would happen if you made the SATA the first boot device in the BIOS

I have two bootable SATA's (basically twins) ... Neither of them show up in "Safe Disconnect"


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