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Old 12-01-09, 01:59 PM
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Question about upgrading external HD

I am running Vista. I have several external HDs on my machine, and they are pretty old. As a result, I have 3 of them that total about 900gb. I picked up a nice 1 TB drive on Black Friday, and want to put all 3 onto the one, or at least 1 or 2 of them. I have a couple of programs that originate from the HDs, and I have all my music on one as well.

Do I need to reinstall all those programs onto the new drive, or is Vista smart enough to simply reroute everything to the new drive?
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Re: Question about upgrading external HD

Copy the data from the 3 external to the new one. Once that is done, assign it the same drive letter as the old external in Disk Management.
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Re: Question about upgrading external HD

Originally Posted by kvrdave View Post
I I have a couple of programs that originate from the HDs,


I dislike your approach hillbillys and computers do not mix

Why (should I dare ask) did you install programs on the external drive?

Sure it works, but it throws off my sense of proper computer setup and 'recommended best practice'

[translation: that thar just ain't the proper way to be go'in about things]

Zuffy is correct. Once you copy everything to the new drive, you have to use Disk Management and make sure the new drive assumes the drive letter assigned to the old drive that had the applications installed on it (hopefully you didn't install apps on two drives)

The drive letters of the data drives shouldn't matter, you just may have some 'last opened document' links go dead depending on what you were doing.

IMO - buy another 1TB drive (a WD Black series) and install it as the primary drive inside your computer (C:\). Use Ghost or Acronis to image your current drive to this new drive and use the external for backup. Since you have 900gb of pr0n, you should sort it and put some less important stuff on your other old external drives or you may need to get 1.5TB drives
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Re: Question about upgrading external HD

Why not just add the 1TB drive to the system and then you would 1TB free?
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Re: Question about upgrading external HD

It seems to me that you'll need to partition the 1TB drive into 3 drives having the same drive letters as the old drives. Then copy each respective old drive to the new partitiion.
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Re: Question about upgrading external HD

honestly, i think you'd be better off reinstalling the programs on an internal drive, if possible. though X would be correct, you'd have to partition the new drive into 3 different partitions and assign it the same letters as the 3 old drives.
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Re: Question about upgrading external HD

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It seems to me that you'll need to partition the 1TB drive into 3 drives having the same drive letters as the old drives. Then copy each respective old drive to the new partitiion.
I don't know how to do that.
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Re: Question about upgrading external HD

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Why not just add the 1TB drive to the system and then you would 1TB free?
Because I lied. I actually already have 5 HDs on this and was too embarrassed to admit it. I could get a hub, but really liked the thought of getting this beast down to maybe 2 externals plus the internal.
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Re: Question about upgrading external HD

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I dislike your approach hillbillys and computers do not mix

Why (should I dare ask) did you install programs on the external drive?

Sure it works, but it throws off my sense of proper computer setup and 'recommended best practice'

[translation: that thar just ain't the proper way to be go'in about things]

Zuffy is correct. Once you copy everything to the new drive, you have to use Disk Management and make sure the new drive assumes the drive letter assigned to the old drive that had the applications installed on it (hopefully you didn't install apps on two drives)

The drive letters of the data drives shouldn't matter, you just may have some 'last opened document' links go dead depending on what you were doing.

IMO - buy another 1TB drive (a WD Black series) and install it as the primary drive inside your computer (C:\). Use Ghost or Acronis to image your current drive to this new drive and use the external for backup. Since you have 900gb of pr0n, you should sort it and put some less important stuff on your other old external drives or you may need to get 1.5TB drives
And not a single one is actually backed up.

For whatever reason, when I decided to put all my audio books in one place, I put the Audible.com downloader in that same drive. Not really sure why, it just seemed so smart to do. Same with the other programs.
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It seems to me that you'll need to partition the 1TB drive into 3 drives having the same drive letters as the old drives. Then copy each respective old drive to the new partitiion.
Originally Posted by kvrdave View Post
I don't know how to do that.

I guessed that one right

He doesn't need to partition if he only installed apps on one drive.

You should buy a few 2TB drives then, maybe 4. 2 internal and 2 external (yes backup) and uninstall the programs from the external drives and re-install them on a new 2TB internal drive
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I think because I hate Vista so much, I don't want to put a decent drive in it. I want to get rid of that computer and get Windows 7, but I don't know enough about it yet.
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Seriously, what are you storing? I have about 320 GB of Music and audiobooks (well over a year's worth) and something like 2000 hours of video (m4v, xvid, avi. and some dob files) and I still haven't filled my 1 TB drive.
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Re: Question about upgrading external HD

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Seriously, what are you storing? I have about 320 GB of Music and audiobooks (well over a year's worth) and something like 2000 hours of video (m4v, xvid, avi. and some dob files) and I still haven't filled my 1 TB drive.
You can not imagine how much room dog killing in 1080P takes do you
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You can not imagine how much room dog killing in 1080P takes do you
That's a good point.
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Originally Posted by kvrdave View Post
Because I lied. I actually already have 5 HDs on this and was too embarrassed to admit it.
Must be nice...
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Re: Question about upgrading external HD

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I don't know how to do that.

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