Need to transfer your data...


I have bought a new computer and wanted to know how to transfere all the information on my old hard drive to my new one. Thanks


This question was answered on September 5, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Power down the system, disconnect the power connections to avoid any surges which could accidentally cause issues with the system.

Set the new hard drive jumper settings as master There should be a label on the hard drive showing these settings (Both hard drives will be set to master, one on the primary IDE, one on the secondary IDE channel.) Also at this time the CD-ROM jumper settings can be set to slave on either the primary or the secondary IDE channel.

Mount both hard drives in the computer case so they are easy to reach (hopefully), and the cables can be switched easily when required during this process.

Boot from the startup disk that was created or one you already had Fdisk the new hard drive with or without partitions, depending on what preferences are desired for the hard drive settings.

Format the new hard drive (which is currently the second drive) with /s option (format d: /s) and format any additional partitions if necessary.

Reboot the system, and now the current settings with your (old drive) will be a primary master, the new hard drive will be a secondary master, and the CD-ROM as a slave either on the primary IDE channel or secondary IDE channel.

Go to Windows Explorer and the new drive should be the second drive (most likely D:)

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on September 5, 2003