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Hard Drive Copy for Migration to New PC~ Help Please
I have some programs installed on my 6 year old Dell PC running Win 2000 and a 260 mb Rambus RAM which can no longer be upgraded. I need to retire it and install the programs it has installed and running (albeit verrry slowly!), on to my new Win XP Pro machine which has 4GB RAM..

I do not have the most of the Discs that the programs came on nor the keys..

Please advise me how I can replicate my entire hard drive (it is only 11.5 GB total used space) on to my new computer? Perhaps on to a small partition?.

I can buy Norton Ghost or similar utility if needed. What is my best option?I would really appreciate clear advice from the PC experts on this forum..

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Without the program CDs and the license key you will not be able to install and run these programs on your new machine. You just cannot run them from a drive on a system with different hardware and operating system..

If you were simply replacing the hard drive in your old system you could clone it and it would work..

..sorry.CDL.

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Comment #1

Use the old hard drive on the new machine?? Use the hard drive that came with the new hardware as a second hard drive? If you are looking for greater speed you will still get it. There is no significant improvement in speed between Win 2k and XP..

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He won't be able to use those programs on the new computer unless he moves the old drive over as C: then is forced to edit registry in Win2000 to match all the hardware of the new machine and when or if he gets done successfully, he'll be using Windows 2000 as his operatiing system. It would be a mess..

Norton's Ghost might be able to do it, but it would be better to purchase your software new. If your software is so old that it's running on that old machine, it's probably fairly useless by today's standards..

If you don't have the CD keys, you can call customer service for new ones. If it's properly registered in your name, they will ship you new CDs usually. If they aren't registered to you, then you need to obey the law and purchase the software..

Even if you moved the software successfully to the new machine's drive, you'd not be able to run that software. When you install software, various parts go to various places around the drive. For example, a codec might go in a certain folder in the Windows system folder. Shared DLLs go to another folder. All the files get registered in the system's binary registry. You can't install just by moving the files.Cheers, Craig..

Comment #3

When it comes to things like simple data files, .doc's, .jpg's, etc., they can be copied or if the old drive is installed in the new machine, or across networks, etc..

For something like an e-mail program, Google search, etc., on the program and migration. There is often a way to Package" the various address and other files, as well as messages, for transfer to a new machine or drive. Data can usually be tranferred, programs usually need to be reinstalled. That may require new programs or acquiring replacement disks and license keys, etc. Not necessarily a problem if a registered user but awkward if you can't establish that or an old unsupported version, etc...

Comment #4

Thanks everyone for taking time to respond .

Wow ~ I didn't realize this migration process would get so involved!.

I can reinstall some of my programs using original disks however there are some which lack the disks and some for which I didn't retain the key which will be my obstacle..

Alternately, perhaps there is a way to retrieve (from the old hard drive) the key I entered when first installing a program , for which I do have the original disk. Then I could reinstall from the CD using the retrieved key?.

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Comment #5

The other guys are right about your applications. However, for your data (Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, the thousands of photos you have), you can buy an external hard drive and copy the data / doc files to it. I have a 500 GB Seagate external drive I bought at Best buy for about $165 a year ago. I use it for routine backups. It just plugs into a USB port..

I realize this does not solve your problem with the applications, but thought I'd mention it anyway. If for no other reason than it is a good idea to have an external backup drive for your docs and photos, in case the drive in your PC crashes.TLIII..

Comment #6

Here is a site that tells how to find the software key for various windows operating systems by looking in the registry..

Http://personal-computer-tutor.com/abc2/v15/vic15.htm.

This might also work with some of your software. I don't know what software you are talking about...try a google search on "retrieving Xxxx software key"You might find a way to get them back..

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Sean LA wrote:.

I have some programs installed on my 6 year old Dell PC running Win2000 and a 260 mb Rambus RAM which can no longer be upgraded. I needto retire it and install the programs it has installed and running(albeit verrry slowly!), on to my new Win XP Pro machine which has4GB RAM..

I do not have the most of the Discs that the programs came on nor thekeys..

Please advise me how I can replicate my entire hard drive (it is only11.5 GB total used space) on to my new computer? Perhaps on to asmall partition?.

You could try (at your own risk), connecting the old hd to the new PC, do a Ghost of the whole old volume to the new PC. This would completely clobber the whole Windows XP of the new PC and everything else, so copy off precious documents from the new PC..

Disconnect the old hd..

Then, you might try using your new Windows XP CDs and install over the old content not to a separate new windows folder but the old Windows folder. This would be Windows now, with no specialised hardware drivers so you need to find all the software drivers for your new machine and install them..

In any case, you do want a separate extra hard disk to image your new hard disk, your old hard disk before you carry out such drastic playing around..

Feel free to drop by our IT related forumhttp://www.bleedingedge.com.auto chat..

Remember, AT YOUR OWN RISK - the above are just off the cuff ideas..

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Comment #8

Haven't done this stuff for awhile, but application can't be transplanted because most apps install themselves into a multitude of directories and the registry. Either put the entire entire disk on a separate partition (and the programs might still balk at the drive destination) or transfer the whole drive to an external drive. If you transfer to a separate drive, you might want to try upgrading the OS on that drive to see how you programs run with a new OS...

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