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Will imaging to a larger C drive work?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by David Teich, May 14, 2010.

  1. David Teich

    David Teich Flightless Bird

    My old C drive is 54gb. I already have My Documents on a larger drive but my
    program files are close to filling up the C. If I buy a larger drive, have
    someone just do a straight image of the existing C into the first 50GB of the
    new drive, will XP SP3 boot up ok?
     
  2. SC Tom

    SC Tom Flightless Bird

    "David Teich" <DavidTeich@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:72DDC0E7-F2EC-4D1B-A0B3-736F2DBD907E@microsoft.com...
    > My old C drive is 54gb. I already have My Documents on a larger drive but
    > my
    > program files are close to filling up the C. If I buy a larger drive, have
    > someone just do a straight image of the existing C into the first 50GB of
    > the
    > new drive, will XP SP3 boot up ok?


    It should work just fine for you. I recently fixed my stepdaughter's
    notebook that way. She had a 40GB drive that was all but 4GB full, and slow
    as molasses in Boston in December (her home). I imaged the existing drive,
    then put a new 80GB drive in (the limit for her notebook), wrote the image
    to the new drive, and it booted up like nothing had ever happened, only
    much, much faster. I use Acronis True Image for the imaging, creating the
    boot CD from within the program.
    Since it's an image, it was only 40GB on the new drive, so I used Easus
    Partition Master Home Edition Free http://www.easeus.com/download.htm to
    make it 80GB. It runs directly from Windows, not requiring a reboot.
    I did this about 5-6 weeks ago, and she's still happy as can be with it.
    --
    SC Tom
     
  3. Bert Hyman

    Bert Hyman Flightless Bird

    In news:72DDC0E7-F2EC-4D1B-A0B3-736F2DBD907E@microsoft.com
    =?Utf-8?B?RGF2aWQgVGVpY2g=?= <DavidTeich@discussions.microsoft.com>
    wrote:

    > My old C drive is 54gb. I already have My Documents on a larger drive
    > but my program files are close to filling up the C. If I buy a larger
    > drive, have someone just do a straight image of the existing C into
    > the first 50GB of the new drive, will XP SP3 boot up ok?


    If it's done right, certainly. You don't even have to do the "first
    50GB" bit, but move to a larger partition, or even an unpartitioned
    larger drive.

    I used some Acronis tool a few years back when I got a larger drive for
    my laptop. I can't be more precise than that since Acronis seems to
    change their product names and descriptions on a monthly basis :)

    Other folks used Norton's "Ghost" to do the same with equal success.

    --
    Bert Hyman St. Paul, MN bert@iphouse.com
     
  4. LVTravel

    LVTravel Flightless Bird

    "David Teich" <DavidTeich@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:72DDC0E7-F2EC-4D1B-A0B3-736F2DBD907E@microsoft.com...
    > My old C drive is 54gb. I already have My Documents on a larger drive but
    > my
    > program files are close to filling up the C. If I buy a larger drive, have
    > someone just do a straight image of the existing C into the first 50GB of
    > the
    > new drive, will XP SP3 boot up ok?


    When you get the new hard drive, if it is a retail boxed one you may have a
    CD in the box, or go to the hard drive manufacturer's web site, and there
    should be a utility to allow you do do just what you want to do which is
    transfer the entire drive to the new drive. It will copy the entire 54 GB
    drive to your new larger drive and "extend" the partition to the maximum
    size of the drive or allow you to set the new partition size (depending on
    the program they supply.)

    If the drive is a bare (OEM) drive do the same to the web site of the
    manufacturer and download their program for transferring the contents of the
    drive.

    Hope this helps, let us know.
     
  5. Andrew E.

    Andrew E. Flightless Bird

    1st,new hds come in a "raw" state,you must format it before anything
    else takes place...Youre best bet for "mirroring" or "cloning" drive to drive
    is to use xps "XCOPY", its already installed on XP so no other software is
    needed...To do this,set youre new hd as slave to current 54gb,on same IDE
    cable (new closest to board),in xp,go to run,type: diskmgmt.msc In msc,
    R.click on the new hd,select format,use its default settings.Once thru,close
    out msc,return to run,type: XCOPY C:/*.* D:/ /c/h/e/k/r Agree to all in
    the
    DOS window,once its thru,youre finished.Also,D: being the new hd,if asigned
    a diffrent letter,then use it instead...

    "David Teich" wrote:

    > My old C drive is 54gb. I already have My Documents on a larger drive but my
    > program files are close to filling up the C. If I buy a larger drive, have
    > someone just do a straight image of the existing C into the first 50GB of the
    > new drive, will XP SP3 boot up ok?
     
  6. RMD

    RMD Flightless Bird

    On Fri, 14 May 2010 14:44:01 -0700, =?Utf-8?B?RGF2aWQgVGVpY2g=?=
    <DavidTeich@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >
    >My old C drive is 54gb. I already have My Documents on a larger drive but my
    >program files are close to filling up the C. If I buy a larger drive, have
    >someone just do a straight image of the existing C into the first 50GB of the
    >new drive, will XP SP3 boot up ok?


    I have used Acronis True Image to "auto-magically" fill a new an
    bigger drive from an image of a smaller drive. I've also done the
    reverse, and shrunk a too-big C-drive to a more reasonable size. (I
    don't keep lots of data on my C-Drive.)

    The only time this sort of thing hasn't worked for me is where there
    was some computer fault in the motherboard etc, and Acronis TI doesn't
    work well with a computer which is faulty in any way. (e.g. bad RAM or
    similar.)

    Ross
     
  7. LVTravel

    LVTravel Flightless Bird

    "Andrew E." <eckrichco@msn.com> wrote in message
    news:9A9DF5F5-DA77-48C9-A485-D15A9121524B@microsoft.com...
    > 1st,new hds come in a "raw" state,you must format it before anything
    > else takes place...Youre best bet for "mirroring" or "cloning" drive to
    > drive
    > is to use xps "XCOPY", its already installed on XP so no other software is
    > needed...To do this,set youre new hd as slave to current 54gb,on same IDE
    > cable (new closest to board),in xp,go to run,type: diskmgmt.msc In msc,
    > R.click on the new hd,select format,use its default settings.Once
    > thru,close
    > out msc,return to run,type: XCOPY C:/*.* D:/ /c/h/e/k/r Agree to all in
    > the
    > DOS window,once its thru,youre finished.Also,D: being the new hd,if
    > asigned
    > a diffrent letter,then use it instead...
    >
    > "David Teich" wrote:
    >
    >> My old C drive is 54gb. I already have My Documents on a larger drive but
    >> my
    >> program files are close to filling up the C. If I buy a larger drive,
    >> have
    >> someone just do a straight image of the existing C into the first 50GB of
    >> the
    >> new drive, will XP SP3 boot up ok?


    XCOPY will NOT copy the boot sector and much of the other components of the
    hard drive as it will not copy any open files and with Windows running there
    are many open files. The /c says to ignore errors and this is the only
    reason that the copy process progresses to the end, it allows all errors to
    copy or doesn't stop when it hits an open file, just doesn't copy it. Yes
    the drive will copy but it isn't complete and it won't run when put in as
    the boot drive.
     
  8. Bert Hyman

    Bert Hyman Flightless Bird

    In news:9A9DF5F5-DA77-48C9-A485-D15A9121524B@microsoft.com
    =?Utf-8?B?QW5kcmV3IEUu?= <eckrichco@msn.com> wrote:

    > 1st,new hds come in a "raw" state,you must format it before anything
    > else takes place...Youre best bet for "mirroring" or "cloning" drive
    > to drive is to use xps "XCOPY", its already installed on XP so no
    > other software is needed..


    Sorry, no.

    If the drive is truly "raw", it has to be formatted and partitioned.

    After an XCOPY, the retulting drive will still not be bootable.

    --
    Bert Hyman St. Paul, MN bert@iphouse.com
     
  9. Bert Hyman

    Bert Hyman Flightless Bird

    In news:4bee2959.9569187@news-server.bigpond.net.au rmd@invalid.invalid
    (RMD) wrote:

    > On Fri, 14 May 2010 14:44:01 -0700, =?Utf-8?B?RGF2aWQgVGVpY2g=?=
    ><DavidTeich@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>My old C drive is 54gb. I already have My Documents on a larger drive
    >>but my program files are close to filling up the C. If I buy a larger
    >>drive, have someone just do a straight image of the existing C into
    >>the first 50GB of the new drive, will XP SP3 boot up ok?

    >
    > I have used Acronis True Image to "auto-magically" fill a new an
    > bigger drive from an image of a smaller drive. I've also done the
    > reverse, and shrunk a too-big C-drive to a more reasonable size. (I
    > don't keep lots of data on my C-Drive.)


    At the time I cloned my laptop drive, the free evaluation version of the
    Acronis product current at the time was fully functional, and I was able
    to clone the drive and use all of the tool's features without actually
    buying anything. I wouldn't be surprised if that was still the case.

    I've since bought copies of Acronis True Image for all of my home PCs
    and use it for daily backups.

    --
    Bert Hyman St. Paul, MN bert@iphouse.com
     
  10. Doum

    Doum Flightless Bird

    Bert Hyman <bert@iphouse.com> écrivait news:Xns9D796423EBB8AVeebleFetzer@
    207.46.248.16:

    > In news:4bee2959.9569187@news-server.bigpond.net.au rmd@invalid.invalid
    > (RMD) wrote:
    >
    >> On Fri, 14 May 2010 14:44:01 -0700, =?Utf-8?B?RGF2aWQgVGVpY2g=?=
    >><DavidTeich@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >>
    >>>
    >>>My old C drive is 54gb. I already have My Documents on a larger drive
    >>>but my program files are close to filling up the C. If I buy a larger
    >>>drive, have someone just do a straight image of the existing C into
    >>>the first 50GB of the new drive, will XP SP3 boot up ok?

    >>
    >> I have used Acronis True Image to "auto-magically" fill a new an
    >> bigger drive from an image of a smaller drive. I've also done the
    >> reverse, and shrunk a too-big C-drive to a more reasonable size. (I
    >> don't keep lots of data on my C-Drive.)

    >
    > At the time I cloned my laptop drive, the free evaluation version of the
    > Acronis product current at the time was fully functional, and I was able
    > to clone the drive and use all of the tool's features without actually
    > buying anything. I wouldn't be surprised if that was still the case.
    >
    > I've since bought copies of Acronis True Image for all of my home PCs
    > and use it for daily backups.
    >


    Western Digital and Seagate offers a free version of Acronis True Image
    with limited features, mainly it won't allow incremental backups and you
    must have one of their branded hard drive to install it (it can be
    external).

    Those versions work very well to clone hard drives and resize partition in
    the process and you can use them later to create "disk images" on external
    drive for backup purpose.
     

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