Need help with replacing hard drive

By Barsam
Mar 4, 2005
  1. I have a Dell Dimension 8200, running XP SP2. It has a 40GB HD, but it's almost full. Recently I bought a 160GB HD with a USB 2.0 external box, and got it running. Now, I would like to copy everything (I mean everything) on the C drive to the external drive, make the external drive bootable and mount it internally, replacing the old C drive. How do I do it?
  2. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    Are you talking about removing the 160 out of it's USB case and connecting it to the IDE channel inside the CPU case ?
    Then it should work as long as you can get the correct parameters off of the HDD.
    You will have to install it first and use a drive copy software to copy the 40 on to it.Don't forget XP's dis taste for hardware changes.
    I would just do a fresh install and then use Windows file retrieve software to copy off of the the old drive.
  3. Barsam

    Barsam TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes, I will take the 160 GB drive out of its case and mount it internally. I thought it would be simpler to copy everything first, then install. I really don't want to do a fresh install. Would it be simplr to mount the 160 GB drive first as a slave?
  4. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    If you install the O/S by copying the old drive it will mess up the drive letters, etc.
    A drive copy type of software is the next best to a clean install.
  5. Barsam

    Barsam TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for your help.
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