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shayan288 January 9, 2009 07:44 PM

file transferring
hi guys.
I was wondering how to transfer my
program files (214gb) from my old hard drive (internal)
to my new internal harddrive.
do i just copy and paste and delete the old program files...
if so, would i have to re install everything all over agin?...

SugarJ January 9, 2009 08:15 PM

If you are looking to replace your old drive, and make your new drive your boot drive, clone it using programs like these:
DriveImage XML Backup Software
Self Image - The FREE (and open source) hard drive imaging utility for Windows

This does a direct copy, boot sector and all. No re-installing. These tools are also on Ultimate Boot CD for Windows, which I highly recommend.
UBCD for Windows

sswilson January 9, 2009 08:23 PM

Check out the HDD manufacturers' sites as well. IIRC Seagate's Sea Tools incorporates a stripped down version of Acronis that works quite well.

shayan288 January 9, 2009 08:40 PM

so copy and pasteing will not do the trick...

chrisk January 9, 2009 08:40 PM

+1 for the Seagate's Diskwizard. I have used it and I went and bought Acronis due to my success with it (but have since bought Ghost). Diskwizard will work if one of the drives you have are Seagate or Maxtor.

Just took a look at the two SugarJ listed which I have not seen before and they look pretty neat for a free utility as well.

chrisk January 9, 2009 08:42 PM


Originally Posted by shayan288 (Post 136686)
so copy and pasteing will not do the trick...

I doubt. Often, installed programs make entries in your system registry and this will not get copied in the process you describe as I understand it.

The best way to do what you want is to use a disk imaging software as listed above to move to the new disk.

sswilson January 9, 2009 08:49 PM

If all you want are the files (like media or documents) you can leave the old drive out of the system while you install a fresh OS and then hook it up after. Just ensure that your HDD boot priority is set for the new drive and you should be OK.

shayan288 January 9, 2009 08:54 PM

aww, so i have to re install vista on my new hdd just so I can have program file on it instead of old one...

shayan288 January 9, 2009 08:54 PM

cuz like apparently in the program you listed, i can only copy the whole drive.

sswilson January 9, 2009 09:10 PM

Yeah, if you don't want to just clone the drive (make a copy with more room on the new drive) a fresh install is the way to go. You can't just copy/paste program directories, the files of each individual program are installed to several different areas in the windows directory, as well as registry entries.

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