Switching drives?



David M.
07-10-2005, 01:58 AM
My master (C:) drive with Windows XP is only an 8 gig hard drive. I have
another drive installed (E:) which is a 50 gig hard drive with plenty of
space. The problem is with constant windows updates and new drivers,
temporary files etc. my C: drive keeps popping up "Very low on disk space"
(about 18mb left) and i've taken just about everything off of it except the
windows folder. My question is (and im fairly new to messing with hard
drives) how do i switch my larger drive to become the master/system drive,
and have my windows XP on it (I need a very discriptive step by step because
like i said im new to this). Will i lose everything thats on my C: drive
especially all the registry files and system files? And will anything happen
to all my files on my E: drive? Thanks a ton

Richard Urban
07-10-2005, 01:58 AM
You can not do what you want with what is included with Windows. You need
Partition Magic 8.01 or 8.02 and an imaging program such as Ghost 9.0

1. You defragment your larger drive. Then you use Partition Magic to shrink
the drive. You want to end up with unused space at the left (beginning) of
the drive. 15-20 gig is more than sufficient for most people.

2. Now you use Ghost 9.0 to copy your old drive to the unused space on the
large drive.

3. Shut down the computer. Change the large drive to be master and the old
drive to be slave (assuming that they are both on the same ribbon cable). If
the drives are set up for "cable select" you will have to physically switch
their positions on the cable. In this case, leave the jumpers alone.
Initially though, you will want to leave the old drive totally disconnected.

4. Turn on the computer. Does it boot? Remember, you are now using the
larger drive. Great!

Now you can do whatever with the old drive. Connect it back up. Delete the
original partition, create a new one and use it for information if you like.


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Regards,

Richard Urban

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You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


"David M." <David M.@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:76D79C14-2CF8-44E9-9254-1B8910DC67B4@microsoft.com...
> My master (C:) drive with Windows XP is only an 8 gig hard drive. I have
> another drive installed (E:) which is a 50 gig hard drive with plenty of
> space. The problem is with constant windows updates and new drivers,
> temporary files etc. my C: drive keeps popping up "Very low on disk space"
> (about 18mb left) and i've taken just about everything off of it except
> the
> windows folder. My question is (and im fairly new to messing with hard
> drives) how do i switch my larger drive to become the master/system drive,
> and have my windows XP on it (I need a very discriptive step by step
> because
> like i said im new to this). Will i lose everything thats on my C: drive
> especially all the registry files and system files? And will anything
> happen
> to all my files on my E: drive? Thanks a ton


Switching drives?