[SATLUG] Upgrading a hard disk

Alan Lesmerises alesmerises at satx.rr.com
Sun Sep 28 23:34:36 CDT 2008

HOLD THE PHONE ...  It's not that easy!

I just went through a situation very similar to this just a week and a 
half ago.  Now it is easy to run gparted or some other Linux-based 
utility to set-up the partitions, then use a live CD distro (I happened 
to used Knoppix) to mount the partitions and copy the files over, but 
Windows still won't like it.  When it sets-up the information in the 
registry for which drive will be the boot drive, what drive letters are 
assigned to various other partitions, CD/DVD drives, etc., it looks at 
the drive itself (serial numbers or something equivalent) and will choke 
if it finds that you're running Windows from a drive different from the 
one where it was installed originally.  After I copied the files from 
the Windows partition to the new drive (the situation described above), 
I still wound-up having to reinstall Windows again, the install all the 
updates all over again, then reinstall several of the applications.  And 
then I still had to go in and do a lot of manual editing of the $@%$^&%! 

The Windows backup utilities don't backup everything you need to restore 
it to another drive the way it was because there are so many files that 
are locked so Windows can read & write to them exclusively -- the backup 
programs can't access those files.

I think you might be much better off starting with a clean install from 
scratch -- at least you won't be burdened with all the crap that has 
accumulated since that copy of Windows was installed the last time.

Al Lesmerises

Ernest De Leon wrote:
> I would just use dd to copy the contents of the smaller drive to the larger
> drive exactly as is, then use gparted to expand the file systems as needed
> afterwards.  I've done this several times and it works like a charm. As long
> as you're sure the NTFS partition was shut down correctly, you should have
> no problem expanding it after you dd it over from the old drive.
> Ernest
> On Sun, Sep 28, 2008 at 6:19 PM, Bruce Dubbs <bruce.dubbs at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Brad Knowles wrote:
>>  It seems to me that you should be able to do a backup of the existing
>>> Windows partition to one partition on the other drive, then restore from
>>> that backup in the location where you want the primary Windows partition on
>>> the final configuration.
>>> Then you could potentially get rid of the Windows backup partition on the
>>> new drive, and free up some disk space for the Linux stuff.  Or keep it, if
>>> it's only 3GB, since that might come in handy in the future.
>> Thanks, Brad.  Your comment and google led me to find ntbackup. It is not
>> terribly easy to find, but I did eventually find it.
>> To the list:  I apologize for the Windows questions, but this list has some
>> of the most knowledgeable admins of any source I know.  I try to avoid
>> Windows as much as possible, but I have to do it sometimes.
>>  -- Bruce
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