Should (1) Shift OS From Old IDE (2)=> New SATA?


#1

Here's the dilemma, in a nutshell.

I have my XP installed on an old IDE (80 GB). That's all

it has, the OS. It is a healthy HD, but about 6 years old.

It doesn't give me any problems, but it runs hot (50C).

Now, I have a new SATA on which I would like to shift

the whole shebang: OS, program files, settings, blah.

01. Is it possible to do it, without having to do a clean

install and shift all the programs, one-by-one, which

took me shy of a week last time. A real PITA. I remember

talk of taking an ISO image. Can you do that, without a

USB/DVD player burner ?.

02. Is it worth it ?. Will things be noticeably faster ?.

I tried my aunt's PC the other day. We have similar builds.

She has her OS installed on a SATa. Things were literally

f-l-y-i-n-g in her box. But then she runs a bare bones

operation, without 101 programs installed, like mine.

Obviously, someone who has gone through a similar move

would probably be, in a better position to say what, but

all opinions are equally welcome.

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Sheikh 'On The Horns...' Chilli


#2

1. Connect both drives and clone the previous OS drive to new drive using Partition Magic or Partition Manager.

2. No. A fresh OS installation is always faster.


#3

Fresh installation is faster and better choice as well.


#4

You can use Norton Ghost to clone the first drive to second but the new installation is always faster.


#5

1. Use bootable norton ghost disk, to create image of the OS drive and the drive where you've installed the programs. Then shutdown. And then connect both hardDisks, Start the system from bootable disk and Then apply the image on the Sata Drive. After that just remove the Old HardDisk. You can easily obtain bootable Norton Cd from market.

2. A BIG NO. Because i personally have Observed the performance after and before installing software on a clean windows install. It make no noticeable difference in speed. Just don't get into that trouble and it will also waste alot of time in installing those software again.

To maintain the speed perform regular maintenance.


#6

I went through a similar change a couple weeks back. I upgraded my OS from an IDE to a SATA drive. I re-installed the OS. The PC is a "rehmat" now instead of the slow POS "zehmat" it had become.

Transferring data took some time but now I have empty unused drives (200GB Samsung SATA, 320GB Seagate SATA and an 80GB Seagate IDE) lying around gathering dust.

Lots of random quirks and behaviors from the old installation were flushed clean and everything is now clean and stable.


#7

A fresh and clean install is always better and faster.

You must be concerned with the customized settings of ur installed programs in 80GB drive right?


#8

@Faisal.Qureshi

Yup. So many programs, their settings, their registrations

passwords and serials to keep track of. It takes time for it

all to get in perfect harmony and order. And a disaster when

you have to do it anew, manually, one-by-one.

OK, so I guess I am doing a fresh install then.

Please keep me in your prayers... and thanks so much for all

your well-thought-out plans of action and words of encourage-

ment. They helped cross the bar.

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Sheikh 'NOooooo!' Chilli


#9

More Pain More Gain!!

Go for a new install of Win7 goodness, and have fun installing the programs that you really needed. Its like reliving your youth..

OR

you could just clone it like others said earlier...


#10

@sheikh_chilli : after a complete installation and all required settings do make a ghost clone so that you dont have to do it all over again


#11

@deffury

lol @ "reliving your youth.." . Yeah! that's the way we roll(ed).

Actually, right now I am a little wary of installing Windows 7.

All the stories you hear on the net, about not being able to

find the right drivers. Since I have some fav legacy softwares

laying about, I'll wait for them to get the kinks out of it. But

I have seen it and it looks gorgeous.

@yuronline

That's a good idea dude. Before I go ahead and mess it all

up, I ought to get a "snapshot" when things were shiny and

new.

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Sheikh 'Sisyphus (Google It)' Chilli


#12

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Actually, right now I am a little wary of installing Windows 7.

All the stories you hear on the net, about not being able to

find the right drivers. Since I have some fav legacy softwares

laying about, I’ll wait for them to get the kinks out of it. But

I have seen it and it looks gorgeous.

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That’s really not true. Just put up a 32bit Win-7 and you should not face any trouble regarding drivers or any thing else if your machine is connected to a broadband internet. It gets almost every thing it needs.

By the way even in 64bit version, I only got trouble with Cisco EasyVPN, and for that reason I had to switch to 32bit version of Win-7. All other things never troubled me in Win-7 64bit any ways.

Not only me but also my colleagues and friends, no one got any serious trouble.


#13

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@Faisal.Qureshi

Yup. So many programs, their settings, their registrations

passwords and serials to keep track of. It takes time for it

all to get in perfect harmony and order. And a disaster when

you have to do it anew, manually, one-by-one.

OK, so I guess I am doing a fresh install then.

Please keep me in your prayers… and thanks so much for all

your well-thought-out plans of action and words of encourage-

ment. They helped cross the bar.

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Sheikh ‘NOooooo!’ Chilli

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Okies here IS the plan…

You can save and re-use program settings, all you have to do is to go to ''Documents and Settings\ur login\Application Data" and save the folders inside, here you will find the settings folders for most of ur installed software like mozilla, µTorrent, VLC etc.

After the fresh install, you have to do a fresh installation of ur desired software as well but you can regain ur previous settings by copying all the settings folders you saved from OLD HDD to new HDD in the same directory ''Documents and Settings\ur login\Application Data".

About windows 7, I agree with KA. Just make sure you have the hardware juice to run win7 like RAM, CPU, GFX card etc.

And yes you are in our prayers ;)


#14

A fresh install is always better if you have the time. One of the advantageous of a fresh install is that you can choose to install only the programs that you actually use. We tend to accumulate all sorts of programs that we rarely use and these clutter the hard drive and waste space. So as part of the fresh install you should only install the apps you really need.

You can easily move your firefox and other applications profiles over to your new install. Just copy look for the relevant folders in the "application data" and "local settings" sub folders of your "documents and settings" folder as advised by Faisal above.

If you don't have the time for a fresh install then you can also just copy the partitions over to the new drive. But the performance benefits will be significantly less than a fresh install.