My plan is to clean install a new copy of WinXP onto the new C: drive. This
will be a * copy with no programs installed; it will not even have any
Windows Updates you may have previously installed in your old WinXP. Then,
when you xcopy everything from the former C: drive - including the Registry
files - your new C: will be an exact copy of the old C, with all your
updates, applications and settings:. You would want to do the xcopy right
away, of course, before you install anything on your new C:. Xcopy will not
delete anything on the new C:, but, with the /h and /r switches it will
overwrite every file with the same name, including system, hidden and
read-only files. You probably will want to add one more switch that I left
out: /y will overwrite the files without asking you each time.
Now that you have all this empty disk space, you might want to consider
installing a second copy of WinXP (in a separate volume) that you can reach
by dual-booting. Many of us keep such a second WinXP for several possible
reasons: We can boot to it to trouble-shoot when our main installation
won't boot. We can use the second copy to try out new hardware or software.
Or, we can use it in a situation like you are facing now, which is what I
did. In my computer, though, I reserve C: for system files only; WinXP is
installed in D: and X:, not in C:, so I have more freedom to overwrite D:.
After installing both new copies of WinXP, boot to the second copy and run
xcopy from there to duplicate your old C: to your new C: - but first save a
copy of your new C:\boot.ini so that you can restore your new dual-boot menu
after xcopy has overwritten it with your old version.
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
> Have not tried it yet, waiting for response from Maxtor
> support, but re: your suggestion, would the "old" XP then
> rewite the clean install of XP on the new drive after
> using xcopy.exe?
> >-----Original Message-----
> >Hi, David.
> >You did not say what operating system(s) you are running
> now. But, assuming
> >that you are running only WinXP, the easiest way might be:
> >Physically remove your 8GB drive and install the new 40GB
> in the primary
> >master position. Boot from the WinXP CD-ROM and do a
> clean install of WinXP
> >on the new drive, partitioning it and formatting it as
> you want the new,
> >larger volumes to be. You may want to deal with only the
> system (C:) and
> >boot (\Windows) volumes at this point and create any
> remaining volumes with
> >Disk Management later.
> >Physically install your old drive in the secondary
> position. Boot to your
> >new WinXP. Open a "DOS" window. Identify your old
> system and boot volumes,
> >which will have new drive letters now. Use good ol'
> Xcopy.exe to copy
> >everything from the former C: to your new C:. For
> >xcopy x:\ c:\ /c /h /e /r /k
> >If C: is not your boot volume (where the \Windows folder
> resides), then also
> >use xcopy to copy that volume, too, from the old drive to
> the new.
> >At this point, you should be able to remove (or disable
> in the BIOS) the old
> >drive and operate from the new one just as you
> did "yesterday", but with
> >more elbow room. Now you can discard the old drive or
> use Disk Management
> >to reorganize it to suit your new computer system.
> >Let us know how this works out for you.
> >> Recently purchased 40GB Maxtor HDD to replace my present
> >> 8GB only to learn that the Maxtor install software is
> >> XP compatible. Any ideas how to:
> >> 1. Install and format new HDD, then
> >> 2. Copy present drive onto new drive, and
> >> 3. Current drive is Fat32 and I'd like the new drive to
> >> be NTFS format.
> >> Help - your time is greatly appreciated.