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Question 27 February 2003


My question: Can I  increase the size of my hard drive with out having to reinstall all my software and save all my important files. I have a 4 gig hard drive and would like a lot more space for more information. Do you have any suggestions .

Thank You



Dear Tom,

A good question. With the larger programs available today many people are finding themselves adding a hard drive. Your 4 GB hard drive was a giant in itís day, but todayís computers are fitted with much larger drives. 

You could just install your new drive as a second hard drive, but it would be much better making your new drive the primary drive, and using your old drive for data back-up.

You canít just copy all the files from your old to new drive. If you did you would lose your hidden files. A much better solution is to copy (Clone) your old drive to your new drive. A Clone is an exact image of your old drive, including hidden and system files. When the operation is complete and you restart your computer with your new drive it will look and act just like it did with the old drive.
Your new hard drive may have come with a program that allows you to do this.  If not there are programs you can purchase. Two that come to mind are Norton's Ghost and Acronis True Image. We use Acronis True Image. No matter which program you use, carefully read all the instructions.

Before copying your old drive you might want to delete your outdated data and programs that you no longer use.

When taking into consideration the price of the drive and the price of the software it might be more cost effective to have the drive added by a computer professional.


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