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I believe Partition Magic (by PowerQuest, I believe) will allow you to do what you are hoping to do.  A year and a half ago, our department got a computer upgrade.  With all of our structural software, it would have been a real pain to reinstall everything from scratch.  So, we took the old 2Gb hard drives from the old computers, hooked them up as slaves in the new computers, and used Partition Magic to clone the hard drive.  We now had a 10Gb hard drive in the new computer with only 2Gb used, but the OS and all software still intact and operating.  The other 8Gb were essentially non-existent, as far as Windows was concerned.  Then, we used Partition Magic to resize the partitions to use the entire new 10Gb drive.  Everything was exactly how it used to be, but now with more room in each partition.  I believe this is what you are trying to accomplish.


-- Joel Adair

Joel Adair, EIT
Halff Associates, Inc.
E-mail: jadair(--nospam--at)

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Polhemus [mailto:bill(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2001 8:41 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Q: Moving To A Larger Hard Drive

Well, that still doesn't address the issue. It'd be easy enough to "slave"
the old drive in the new machine and then copy the files over. In fact, it
would be just as easy to backup the system, say to ZIP disks, and then
restore it to the new system if that were all there was to it.

What I'm talking about is much more intricate: Essentially resurrecting your
entire system, with all applications and data intact, all the Registry
settings pointing to the right places, etc.

In software terms, it's like the very nice upgrade feature that Windows 2000
allows. Prior versions of Windows NT required that you completely reformat
and then install the system. It would not allow an "upgrade" of a previous
version of Windows, so that the programs, etc., were unaffected.

Windows 2000 allowed me to have my cake and eat it, too. I was able to
install it OVER the existing Windows 98 SE system, even including
reconfiguring the HD to NTFS from FAT32. When it was done, there was my old
desktop, all my programs, even the shortcuts worked. There were some minor
glitches that were easily repaired. It was great.

I want to be able to do that in Hardware terms.

Actually, what I'm thinking to do gut my existing system, and install a new
motherboard and a new HD. I will still have the old HD, but of course won't
really be able to "boot" the system from that, AFAIK, because the
hardware-specific configuration won't match.

William L. Polhemus, Jr., P.E.
Polhemus Engineering Company
Katy, Texas
Phone 281-492-2251
Fax 281-492-8203

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gary Ehrlich [mailto:GEhrlich(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2001 7:59 AM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: RE: Q: Moving To A Larger Hard Drive
> Another idea for transferring data: there used to be a program called
> "Laplink".  You plugged a cable into the serial ports of the old computer
> and the new, installed the software, and then you could copy files across.
> It was an easy program to use.  I don't recall if it still exists or not.

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