Hard disk swap question


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Syke

I have two hard disks on my Win XP SP3 system;

Disk 1 has drives C D and E (Windows on C) Total size 160 GB

Disk 2 has drives E,F and G Total size 320 GB

I use Acronis software for backup to an External HDD (500 GB)

A recent HDD Health Check said Disk 1 was at 57% healthy and Disk 2 was
87%. Would it be very difficult to transfer Partitions C D and E to
Disk 2 and Vice-versa?

Regards (and thanks in advance)

Syke
 
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SC Tom

Syke said:
I have two hard disks on my Win XP SP3 system;

Disk 1 has drives C D and E (Windows on C) Total size 160 GB

Disk 2 has drives E,F and G Total size 320 GB

I use Acronis software for backup to an External HDD (500 GB)

A recent HDD Health Check said Disk 1 was at 57% healthy and Disk 2 was
87%. Would it be very difficult to transfer Partitions C D and E to
Disk 2 and Vice-versa?

Regards (and thanks in advance)

Syke

You have drive E: split across 2 hard drives, or is that a typo?

If you have created the boot CD for Acronis, then, no, you shouldn't have a
problem. After making new images for each HDD, boot from the CD, restore the
Disk 1 image to Disk 2, then restore the Disk 2 image to Disk 1. If they are
IDE drives and on the same controller channel, then you'll either have to
swap where they are on the ribbon cable, or change the jumpers to make the
current master a slave, and the current slave the master. If they are SATA
drives, you shouldn't have to swap anything. After the images are written,
boot into BIOS and change your primary boot drive to the one with the C:
partition on it. Save and exit BIOS, and you should now be booting from the
320GB drive.
 
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Hot-Text

Syke said:
I have two hard disks on my Win XP SP3 system;

Disk 1 has drives C D and E (Windows on C) Total size 160 GB

GO to My Computer

WE NEED DETAILS
HP_PAVILION ( C: ) ?
Local Disk
File System: NTFS ?
Free Space:?
Total Size: ?

HP_RECOVERY ( D: )?
Local Disk
File System: FAT32
Free Space:?
Total Size: ?
Disk 2 has drives E,F and G Total size 320 GB

Are you willing to format and repartitions Disk 2?

If not go by a new HDD for the job?
 
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Syke

SC said:
You have drive E: split across 2 hard drives, or is that a typo?

If you have created the boot CD for Acronis, then, no, you shouldn't
have a problem. After making new images for each HDD, boot from the CD,
restore the Disk 1 image to Disk 2, then restore the Disk 2 image to
Disk 1. If they are IDE drives and on the same controller channel, then
you'll either have to swap where they are on the ribbon cable, or change
the jumpers to make the current master a slave, and the current slave
the master. If they are SATA drives, you shouldn't have to swap
anything. After the images are written, boot into BIOS and change your
primary boot drive to the one with the C: partition on it. Save and exit
BIOS, and you should now be booting from the 320GB drive.


Sorry! Of course, Disk 2 should read F, G and H. I think the drives
are (S)ATA

Seagate ST3160021A and Maxtor STM3320820A? so it looks relatively
straightforward.

Regards

Syke
 
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MowGreen

Anthony said:
Call me extra-cautious.
In fact, call me Ishmael if you want; I don't care.


LOL ... just don't call me late for dinner.


MowGreen
================
*-343-* FDNY
Never Forgotten
================

"Security updates should *never* have *non-security content* prechecked
 
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Hot-Text

Seagate ST3160021A Formatted Gbytes (512 bytes/sector) 160
http://www.seagate.com/staticfiles/support/disc/manuals/ata/100286645e.pdf

Not so straightforward.
Need to know Size of C: & D: and the Format of them!

STM3320820A Maxtor DiamondMax® 21 Ultra ATA/100 320GB Hard Drive
http://www.seagate.com/staticfiles/support/disc/manuals/maxtor/100435213b.pdf

Tools need is
DiscWizard

http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...toid=d9fd4a3cdde5c010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD

Hardware setup instructions:
ATA Hard Drives
http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=196291&NewLang=en
 
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SC Tom

Hot-Text said:
Seagate ST3160021A Formatted Gbytes (512 bytes/sector) 160
http://www.seagate.com/staticfiles/support/disc/manuals/ata/100286645e.pdf

Not so straightforward.
Need to know Size of C: & D: and the Format of them!

STM3320820A Maxtor DiamondMax® 21 Ultra ATA/100 320GB Hard Drive
http://www.seagate.com/staticfiles/support/disc/manuals/maxtor/100435213b..pdf

Tools need is
DiscWizard

http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...toid=d9fd4a3cdde5c010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD

Hardware setup instructions:
ATA Hard Drives
http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=196291&NewLang=en
You're complicating the whole procedure. Using Acronis True Image in the way
I described, he can have the whole thing done in a lazy afternoon :)

I've performed the same procedure on different sized and different
manufacturer's disks numerous times with no difficulties. I just start the
process and grab a good book to read. Kick back and relax.
 
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