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Swapping out master drives

By Jakethe8lf
Jan 19, 2009
  1. Is there a way (or is there an easy/the easiest way) I can take all the contents of my C drive, put in into another one (G drive), and then make my G become my C, or something to that effect without having to reinstall anything or go through hours of updates?

    I think my C drive has just about had it.
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Imaging: Backs up your entire system, including Windows and data, plus your partition as well. The image can be stored on removable media, such as DVD. And usually takes under an hour (depending on size of image) to fully recover to a blank HardDrive.

    http://www.techspot.com/vb/post664079-2.html
     
  3. Jakethe8lf

    Jakethe8lf TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have a trial version of Acronis and I made an image (it took 19 hours for an 80gig HDD) and I put it on my external hard drive. Now what?
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    19hrs is way too long, unless it was 80Gig full or something :confused:

    Anyway, the image is an exact copy, bootable and all (if you imaged the main bootable harddrive)

    That's it.

    Anyway, obviously you already knew about imaging :confused:
     
  5. Jakethe8lf

    Jakethe8lf TS Rookie Topic Starter

    So I'm guessing just format G, ctrl+c/ctrl+v the contents of the image on to there, swap it out as master and I'm good to go?
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    If you just plug in your originally labeled G Drive, and remove the original C drive

    The Drive should be exactly the same as what C was before (and it will say C drive, instead of G)

    Basically, if you have done it correctly (19hrs not sure!)
    Then you have now got two duplicate drive systems
    But you must test it first.
     
  7. Jakethe8lf

    Jakethe8lf TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Right on, then.

    The reason it took 19 hours was because the drive is dying, since it's been used basically 24/7/365 for the past 3 years since I bought it.
     
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I'd say definitely test the new drive boots up with all system files and data intact
     
  9. Jakethe8lf

    Jakethe8lf TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Worked without a hitch, apart from when I mistook one drive for another and lost a hard-drive jumper, but was redundant because it turns out my SATA HDD was my G drive, not my E.

    Whoops. All good now.
     
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Thanks for the update :grinthumb
     
  11. Jakethe8lf

    Jakethe8lf TS Rookie Topic Starter

    And thank you for the help.
     
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