Originally posted by jaknlisa619
I want to get a new hd and use the one i have now as a secondary. The question I have is can I just straight copy everything I have on the current hd to the new one (once formatted and all), take out the current one and the comp will run just fine? I really don't want to have to go thru a fresh install of the OS and lose boocoo software that I probably won't be able to re-aquire again.
No, you can't just copy your OS system files over to the new HDD. In order for your new HDD to boot up to the OS, the boot sector needs the necessary information in order to know where to locate your OS files.
You need to use a tool like Norton Ghost; Drive Image or similar appc. in order to make a perfect clone onto the new HDD.
Once you've cloned it, make sure you have the correct jumper settings when installing the hdd.
EDIT: good god my grammar was p*ss poor... i've cleared it for ya a bit. Hope i didnt' confuse you too much.