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« on: May 20, 2003, 04:32:36 AM »

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I am thinking about getting a bigger HD to replace the one I have now.  I have read the topics explaining how to copy everything to a new HD through DOS ('xcopy c:\ d:\ /e/h/k/c' <ENTER>) when there is one partition, but what about if there is more than one partition?

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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2003, 03:23:37 PM »

Download  NERO and use it to image your drive. The trial goes for 4 weeks. Totally safe!

Danger DOS will not copy files with more than 8 characters in them. You will destroy all your data.

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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2003, 12:09:12 PM »


I believe 'xcopy c:\ d:\ /e/h/k/c' <ENTER> was taken from one of my replies in another thread, where this command is executed from withing Windows in a DOS box. If this is done this way, then all long filenames will be copied over and the data will be the same on the destination drive.

Rghasenohr is correct that using xcopy from a true DOS environment (shutdown to MS-DOS Mode) will cause long filenames not to be copied over and the files with more than 8 characters will be truncated. Therefore make sure you're in Windows when doing this.

To copy to other partitions, simply replace the drive letters with the correct ones. e.g. If the existing hard drive has a C: and D: drive and the new drive is also partitioned into two, which would be E: and F: then do:

'xcopy c:\ e:\ /e/h/k/c' <ENTER> (without quotes)
'xcopy d:\ f:\ /e/h/k/c' <ENTER> (without quotes)

Substitute the drive letters for your situation.

Syntax: xcopy source destination switches

Make sure when you partition the new drive (using FDISK) that the first partition on the new drive is a primary partition. Also make sure you have a Windows Startup disk with the SYS and FDISK command on it. When you remove the old drive, make sure the new one is connected to the primary IDE connector as master. The new drive will now be your C: and D: drive (going with the example above). You may have to boot off the Windows Startup disk and run FDISK to set the new C: drive as the ACTIVE partition and use the SYS command to make the C: drive bootable if it won't boot by executing 'SYS C:' <ENTER> (no quotes)

See Replacing a hard drive and transfering your data for more details

IMPORTANT: This has not been tested using WinXP and will probably fail is file system is NTFS.

Sylvain Amyot

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