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Windows can now be installed by booting from the Windows DVD and following the instructions. It is wise to immediately choose the desired size of the C: partition. The page about partitioning a hard disk describes how the partitioning works during the setup of Windows. A data recovery software is a must in this.

Use old disk

After the installation of Windows, the personal data must still be transferred from the old to the new disk. To do this, place the old disk in an external case. The disk can also be installed in the current system, for example as a primary slave on the same cable as the new hard disk, the disk must then be set as SLAVE. If there is no external case available or there is a lot of data, then the old hard disk can also be connected to the second IDE cable as a MASTER or SLAVE, in addition to any DVD player present these can be temporarily disconnected to take place for the hard disk. As soon as the old drive is connected, it is automatically displayed in the Windows Explorer. All personal files that need to be transferred can be read on the page backing up data.

Fortunately, it can also be easier: transfer an image

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Reinstalling Windows is a lot of work and in many cases not necessary when the old version still works fine. Some therefore prefer to add a new disk as a slave to gain more disk space.

With an image an exact copy of the data is made on the old disk Windows plus personal data or settings plus any existing misery, it is not necessary to transfer the personal data to the new disk afterwards. This saves a lot of work. Please note: this method is only recommended if the Windows installation on the old hard disk is still functioning properly i.e. without problems.

How does that work?

A considerable amount of time can be saved by copying an image from the old disk to the new one. To do this, both the old and the new hard drive must be connected temporarily or otherwise. The following step-by-step plan can be followed for this temporary promotion:

  • Switch off the PC and open the PC, think of static electricity.
  • Disconnect the DVD player (s) from the second IDE cable.
  • Connect the new drive to the second IDE cable as a MASTER.
  • Restart the computer and check whether both disks are recognized as MASTER in the BIOS.
  • Copy the data from the old primary master to the new secondary master hard disk.
  • Switch the computer off again.
  • Disconnect the new disc and reconnect the DVD player.
  • Replace the old disc with the new one (not yet screwed in, first check the jumper settings).
  • Restart the computer and test the new system.

Is everything functioning as desired? Then turn off the computer, screw on the new hard drive and close the cabinet.

With Windows Disk Management accessible through the System Management section of the Control Panel, Computer Management, Disk Management, create a new partition on the unused space an extended partition containing one or more logical drives.