Net Xpress: Moving files from one hard drive to a larger one

November 01, 2004|SHEILA J. CLARK

The challenge for today is tackling the transfer of files from a hard drive to a new one with larger capacity. The challenge was performed using two Maxtor hard drives and Maxtor software called MaxBlast 3.

This challenge, however, involves a special combo of twists. The first is the operating system, which is Windows 2000, and the second twist is transferring the files without losing licenses of protected music files that you have previously downloaded online.

If you've ever been faced with the challenge of moving data from one hard drive to another, you know that normally with older operating systems, it would be a piece of cake to accomplish. You'd install the new hard drive set as slave and then run the MaxBlast software, which would do all of the dirty work for you. It would quickly copy all the files over to your new drive and then you would shutdown the system, remove the old drive and set the new drive as master and then you'd be done.


Well, that is not the case with a Windows 2000 transfer because critical system files are locked and therefore unable to be transferred. Your system won't work properly and you'll get error after error from your programs.

So, as you can see, it takes a bit of special handiwork to make this transfer successful. Begin by installing the new drive as a slave drive and then use MaxBlast 3 to copy all your files onto the new disk drive.

The next step you need to take is to make a backup of your current system settings using the Windows backup program. You will find the backup program by going to Start, Programs, Accessories, System Utilities and then select Backup.

Once in the Backup window, you want to be on the Backup tab. Begin by selecting the entire C:Windows directory and any others you wish to transfer to the new disk by clicking on the box next to it. Don't forget to check your My Documents directory.

At the very bottom of the list after your last drive is listed, make sure you check the box that says "System State." This option will preserve your registry, "Start Menu" and other system settings.

Now, in the box that reads "Backup media or file name," type in a filename you wish to call your backup. I would suggest saving the backup file on your new hard drive. If your new hard drive is listed as drive F, your filename would read F: ackup.bkf.

Next, after you've double-checked everything you've selected, click on the "Start Backup" button. The backup process will then begin and the backup progress is displayed for you.

Once the backup is completed, you will need to switch the drive and make the new drive master and remove the first drive.

If you try running the system right after doing a simple file copy, you will be pitching a fit. Some programs will work but if you have downloaded music files from WalMart or other music services that come with a license, none of the songs will play in Windows Media Player. In fact, SonicStage, the software you need to get to Sony's Connect music store, won't even load.

Your next step is to reinstall Windows 2000 on the new hard drive. But don't format the new drive; install Windows into the current Windows directory. It is OK if you get a message that your "My Documents" and others are being overwritten; the previous step will restore those.

Now run the Backup utility again and click on the restore tab. Select the file you previously created to restore the system. You may have to reinstall your video driver, but other than that, you should now be up and running on your new hard drive. Happy transferring!

E-mail me at sheila@; fax me at (859) 236-9566; or write me snail-mail at The Advocate-Messenger, P.O. Box 149, Danville, KY 40423-0149.

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