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    250GB -> 500GB, keep install?

    Hi, I currently have a 250GB samsung spinpoint hard drive that I'd like to replace with my new samsung HD501LJ 500GB hard drive. I'v e been told that by using norton ghost it's possible to copy the entire contents of my old drive to the new one and then boot from the new one after that, but i'm really not sure how to do it. Could someone guide my through the process please?

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    I've never used Ghost, but you can do this with either Archonis Disk Director or True Image.

    It's pretty easy if i remember right, you can either plug both drives in and copy one to the other, or backup the original to DVD and then restore it to the new drive.

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    Yep ghost can do this, should be alright have done it before as all it does is make a copy of your drive.

    Aslong as you dont change components you shouldnt really see a difference, but a clean format is always nice.

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    Hmm, but what about the drive letter being different on the new drive, wont that cause problems?

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    You will need to remove the old drive and install the new drive in place of it. It doesn't physically need to be in the same place, just the cables need to be moved. Then it will have the same drive letter as before.

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    acronis true image

    use that

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    boot from a Linux livecd and dd the disks
    It is Inevitable.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by ikonia View Post
    boot from a Linux livecd and dd the disks
    I wondered how long it would be before someone suggested that. I would do that as well, but then I know what I am doing, and I am confident that I won't screw up.

    For regular linux newbies, I would recommend a GParted Live CD, that does the same, but with a nice easy to understand GUI.

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    well ive just plugged in the drive and i assume i need to format it. XPs new partition wizzard says i can either assign the drive a letter (G is the first available) or not assign it a drive letter or path. Which option sholud i choose?

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    you don't need to format it, any program you use to copy your current partition information across will deal with that.

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    I'd vote for True Image. I've used it since version 8; reviewed version 10 for HEXUS: http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=7409

    Before that I dabbled in Ghost, but hated it.

    GParted livecd might work too; I've used it before and it seems quite nice. But for £20-25, True Image 10 makes for a very useful backup tool too.
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    Thanks for all your help guys, I used Norton Ghost 12 and it worked just fine.

    One small problem though, I now see this when I boot:


    If I choose the top option it boots normally, if I choose the bottom one it says something about OS not found and won't boot.

    How can i fix this?

    Edit: This is with only the new drive plugged in.

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    To view and edit the Boot.ini file:
    1. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
    -or-
    Click Start, click Run, type sysdm.cpl, and then click OK.
    2. On the Advanced tab, click Settings under Startup and Recovery.
    3. Under System Startup, click Edit.

    Manually edit it and delete the line of one you don't want.


    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/289022

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiM View Post
    To view and edit the Boot.ini file:
    1. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
    -or-
    Click Start, click Run, type sysdm.cpl, and then click OK.
    2. On the Advanced tab, click Settings under Startup and Recovery.
    3. Under System Startup, click Edit.

    Manually edit it and delete the line of one you don't want.


    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/289022
    Thank you, all sorted now.

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