How to switch hard drives

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  1. MT Spec

    MT Spec OT Supporter

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    I have an 80gb hard drive in my computer right now, and I just got a 20gb one for free. My 80gb is pretty much full. Is there any way to put my operating system and essentials on the 20gb and save all the media and crap on my 80gb?
     
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    Based on the fact that you had to ask this question, I'm going to say no. Take this as an opportunity to fresh install.

    Keep in mind that the 20 gig HD may not perform as well as your 80 gig depending on the age and technology (smaller HD usually means slower as well).
     
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    Short answer: Just install the 20GB as a secondary drive and move some of your random stuff like mp3s etc. over to it.
     
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    A word of caution: moving files, like mp3s, to other hds may cause them to stop working.

    It happened with my itunes folder and was moved to a separate drive, then no more mp3s :wtc:
     
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    Yeah, don't move folders that programs need in order to work.
     
  6. MT Spec

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    well, there's basically 3 directories that i don't want to lose. they probably take up about 50gigs. would i be able to install my os and all the programs i wanna run on the 20 gb and then go into the 80 gb and just wipe out everything but those 3 directories?
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Sure, to avoid confusion in the install, unplug the 80 gig HD until the OS is installed.
     
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    this is quite possibly the most ignorant statement I have ever heard.
     
  9. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Meh, it's true - I mean granted the moving of the files should not be a cause of failure but any extensive r/w on a drive that is about to fail will cause it to fail. But yeah, it's not like it's inherently dangerous, unlike using Partition Magic.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    no, reading his statement, it seems he believes that moving an mp3 makes the *FILE* stop working :mamoru:
     
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    Well that could be related to iTunes. I could see how iTunes could do something to keep the files from being shared.
     
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    1-800-geek squad.
     
  13. deusexaethera

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    You're far, far better off buying a huge new hard drive, installing Windows and all your programs on it, and then leaving your "old" 80GB drive connected and copying your files off it onto the new one bit by bit until all that's left is crap you don't want anymore. Then erase the 80GB drive and use it for whatever you want. You could install Linux on it and play with it for a day before it gets old, or something.
     

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