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Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2001 - 4:05 am:   

Ok... the new computer should be here soon. Is there a simple way to transfer the old computer hd contents to the new one,as I plan on reformatting the old drive?(I have no access to a tape or zip drive..). Also this time I plan on installing a good uninstall program before I fill my HD with a bunch of really cool crap that I don't need! Can anyone recommend their favorite, and why? Thanks for your help, Dave
Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2001 - 10:56 am:   

I have been using DriveImage from PowerQuest for several years now with no problems. I have ver 3 but ver 4 is now available. I boot up from a DOS formatted floppy with the DriveImage files on it. If you have IDE drives, one must be set to master and the other to slave.
So when you get your new computer remove the hard drive from your old one; change the setting to slave. On the hard drive in your new computer, change the jumpers to master (with slave present, if required - some drives don't need to be changed). Connect your old drive to the drive cable on you new computer - it should have a spare header. Connect the power to the old drive. Ensure that the electronics on the old drive does not touch the computer chassis - you can use several sheets of paper for insulation. Go into the BIOS and make sure it's set to AUTO on the Secondary IDE Channel.
Boot from the floppy and run the file PQDI (PowerQuest DriveImage). Follow the prompts. After the backup is complete shut the computer down; remove the old drive; reset the jumpers on the new drive to the original configuration (if required) and restore the BIOS to the original configuration. You should now have your system on the new computer.

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