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Old 11-17-04, 08:55 AM
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Help Needed - Dell Hard Drive Copy/Upgrade

so my dell 4600 came with an 80gb C drive, which I now want to upgrade to a 120. I have no desire to reinstall everything.

I got a 120gb drive, and Ghosted ('Copy One Drive To Another') my current C drive to the new drive. but when I replaced the current C drive with the new drive, windows would not boot, due to some sort of 'hardware error'.

the thing is, the C drive that came with the Dell actually has 3 partitions, and I only copied the primary (C; NTFS). the other two partitions are:

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Partition         Type                       Size MB  USED MB  Status  Primary/Logical
----------------  -------------------------- -------  -------  ------  ---------------
DELLUTILITY (*:)  FAT                           39.2      7.3  None    Primary
Local Disk  (*:)  CP/M, Concurrent DOS, CTOS 3,584.8  3,584.8  None    Primary
I don't know what these are, but I'm guessing that they're dell-specific and the reason behind me not being able to boot when I copy the C drive over to the new drive.

any ideas?
Old 11-17-04, 10:07 AM
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there is usually a utility that comes with new retail hard disks to copy all the data from one drive to another. never used it personally.
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Dell puts "mystery partitions" on their drives, for recovery purposes I think. I recently did the same thing as you, didn't copy the extra partition, and my drive booted up fine.
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just took another look.. i don't think i had 'Copy MBR' checked the first time.. that's probably it...

copying again..

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