[SATLUG] A Hardware Challenge

Richard Suberg rsuberg at satx.rr.com
Mon Aug 3 21:28:45 CDT 2009

What would happen is all the files would be copied, but windows won't be
able to boot.  You would then have to repair the windows install, done from
a win cd, but even then not all of the files would have been copied.  Those
in use won't be copied, i.e. win registry, user config files, programs that
have dll's open, and such.  MS's Robocopy might be able to copy all those
files.  Use robocopy <source> <dest> /S /E /ZB /R:2 /W:0 for the best
effect. ( /S - subfolders /E-even empty /ZB-switch to backup mode if needed,
/R-retry count /W-wait # secs between retries)  Also will give a nice
summary for a CLI copy kind of prog and won't stop if there is a
failure-it'll keep going.  There is also a /LOG:<filename> switch if you
want to see what happened.


-----Original Message-----
From: satlug-bounces at satlug.org [mailto:satlug-bounces at satlug.org] On Behalf
Of Arthur Hall
Sent: Monday, August 03, 2009 5:12 PM
To: The San Antonio Linux User's Group Mailing List
Subject: Re: [SATLUG] A Hardware Challenge

Thanks for the detailed response and suggestions.  You're right - it's a
really lean machine.  Maybe that's why I'm stubbornly working to try to
solve the challenge.
If I install Open Office, that will take up nearly 2/3 of the available
space on the current hard drive and leave the new owner less than 300MB to
play with.  That doesn't seem like a workable solution.
I have a dumb question.  What would happen if I put the "new," larger,
erased and formatted HD on the IDE cable in place of the CD-ROM and just
copied the old drive onto the "new" one?  Of course it would work if it
could be cloned instead, but the single IDE connection on the mother board
seems to preclude that approach.  I'm grasping at straws, I know, but
sometimes that's part of the challenge and fun, too.
Thanks again for the help.
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