Trouble transfering a drive to Vista over a LAN

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by sherwindu, May 16, 2008.

  1. sherwindu

    sherwindu Guest

    I am trying to copy my entire C drive from a Windows 2000 system
    to a Vista machine via a Linksys router. I tried doing it with a drag and
    drop on the Vista machine, but it only copied about 10% of the
    files. I suppose it is a permissions thing. The files I want are under a
    user sign on on the 2000 machine, in a FAT32 partition. The target
    folder is also a FAT32 partition on the VISTA machine. Vista has
    some problems accessing FAT32 files. Also, I would like to get a
    complete image of the C drive, including folders and sub-folders.
    The folders I was able to transfer were all mixed up.

    Can I do this over a WORKGROUP connection? I have a collection
    of data and programs I would like to save on the Vista machine.
    sherwindu, May 16, 2008
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  2. sherwindu

    DL Guest

    I have to ask, what is the purpose of copying the win2k C drive to your
    Vista PC.
    If its data files you simply copy, or drag and drop the files over the
    Its not neccessary to copy fat32 data files to a fat32 disk, they can be
    copied to ntfs
    DL, May 16, 2008
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  3. sherwindu

    sherwindu Guest

    I am doing this for two reasons. One is to provide a convenient backup of my
    2000 drive, which is on the verge of crashing. I could buy an external drive,
    thought I could use the Vista computer for this purpose.

    Secondly, I thought it would make it easier to convert programs and data to the
    machine. I may decide to do a dual boot system of Vista and 2000, so having the
    on theVista machine would make it easier. I was able to bring several folders
    over with
    the click and drag over the router. I guess some programs were missing because
    would not accept them for compatibility reasons.
    sherwindu, May 17, 2008
  4. sherwindu

    DL Guest

    There's more to copying a system drive than simply copying what you see,
    your method simply wont work.
    The simplest method is via a dedicated Image app, e.g. True Image or Ghost
    You can, I believe, use xcopy with the appropriate switches

    You cannot convert / move your win2k programs to be available to Vista, they
    would need reinstalling in Vista.
    You can move data to the Vista PC, you do not require a fat32 partition, In
    fact I would not use a fat32 partition at all.

    I'd suggest reformatting this partition as ntfs, then use a dedicated Image
    Application. I'd also suggest, in addition, copying your data to the Vista
    Documents, or other suitable folder.

    As for attempting a dual boot, IMO only worthwhile if you are retiring the
    win2k PC, and have apps that wont run under Vista. I'll also leave the 'how
    to set up dual boot' to someone else.
    DL, May 17, 2008
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