Why is "C" Drive such a problem to replace?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Pielut, Apr 11, 2008.

  1. Pielut

    Pielut Guest

    I've done it before - will do it again - and the age-old problem cannot be
    rectified by this old guy.... I want to replace my "C" (boot) drive with a
    larger/faster drive. First, I back up my stuff. I Install the new larger
    drive. I use every type of "copy" software known to mankind (this man
    anyway). I follow the directions - be it from MS, Seagate, Maxtor, 3rd party
    vendor, etc....

    What do I wind up with? A "D" Drive that is bigger, faster - but hosed up,
    because all of the programs are looking for "C", of course!

    Reading the News Groups, all I see is, "You can't change the letter for the
    "C" drive". OK then - what does everybody else do, short of having to
    reinstall XP on the new drive, than reinstall all of the programs they own???

    Thanks in advance from this grouchy old SOB.

    Pielut, Apr 11, 2008
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    David B. Guest

    Your question is off topic for this group, which is for discussion of and
    issues with Windows Media Center, I would suggest reposting the the general
    group of what ever version of Windows your using.
    David B., Apr 11, 2008
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    Jaime Guest

    As mentioned, this is not really the topic of a Media Center forum, but in
    short, the C: drive is generally the System drive it has special (usually)
    hidden files for booting the PC. These files can't be just randomly copied
    to another drive, they must be setup on the drive in a specific manner.

    Short of reinstalling Windows (which actually isn't a bad idea), you're
    other option is to use some type of backup software that understands how to
    backup, burn to disc, and recreate the system drive on a new disc.
    Jaime, Apr 11, 2008
  4. To expand Jaime's post a tad: look for "cloning" software, or perhaps
    for a setting within your existing backup software to "clone" your
    original drive to the new one. The process may also be called

    When the job is done, replace the old drive with the new one on the
    cable already used.

    *Don't* erase the old drive until everything is definitely working (in
    fact, I never erase the original drive).
    Gene E. Bloch, Apr 11, 2008
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    John McGaw Guest

    You need cloning software, not any sort of file copying software. Acronis
    True Image is one example. If you are installing a Seagate drive you can
    download their custom version of that program and use it to clone every bit
    and byte from the old drive to the new, turn the system off, remove the
    old drive, boot from the new drive and you are in business. It really does
    work, it is easy, and I've done it many times using IDE, SATA, and SCSI
    drives, and I'm intolerably old and grouchy myself (but not normally over
    computer problems).

    John McGaw
    John McGaw, Apr 11, 2008
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