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Liquidus_wolf

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#1 11 years ago

Hey guys IM looking to copy my hard drives condense to another hard drive.I know there is a way to do this via dos. (ive known some 1 2 do this b4 with windows 98) Im running windows XP how ever. Ive recently installed windows and reinstalled all my programs "manually" and "tweaked" things the way I want them. I wouldn’t mind taking my OS and its condense and putting it on another hard drive as back up. I did have a program on floppy wich boots up outside windows and copy’s my hard drive contense to DVD’s or CD’s but since I don’t have a floppy drive (nor do I need 1) I can’t use it. Although in all fairness the program never really worked any way. Was wondering how I can go about doing this via dos. Thx any help appreciated wolf




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#2 11 years ago

This should be in the Tech Discussion forum.

It is possible to do this, with Disk Imaging software, such as Norton Ghost, or Partimage. However, these don't work from DOS, but run from their own CDs...




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#3 11 years ago

:moved: to Tech


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#4 11 years ago

Don't know how to do it via DOS, but you can do it with Acronis True Image or similar programs. If you have a Seagate drive, you can even use the free Seagate Disc Wizard, which is an older Acronis version.




Liquidus_wolf

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#5 11 years ago

Thx for the feed back guys , reason im not looking 2 use software inside windows is the fact that i don want 2 have 2 dload a load of dif software 2 find that 1 or 2 progs may work then annoyingly u gotta buy the program. Freeware don always get the job done either well not as well as ired like. O well. Also why dload a program when theirs a command 4 it on dos :(. At least i think its a command. Like i said o well




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#6 11 years ago

You can make a drive bootable in DOS. "sys a: c:" would make the C drive bootable by copying the system files for DOS to the C drive from the A drive. You could then use XCOPY to move files over.

However, this would only make the drive bootable for DOS and you could do exactly this in the windows GUI. Unless your planning on running a MSDOS system (which dosen't exactly have a huge amount of uses these days) then I think you would rather clone your existing drive over to your new hard drive and then resize it back to the full size of the new disc.

I usually use Partition Magic when I am doing this myself.

Did you want to copy the files over to a new harddrive to create more space or are you moving PC?