I am trying to install a new Master HDD in my sys. Copy old drive to it and have it be the default boot drive (dual boot).
But for simplicity sake, for now, just xfering over my old info and manking the new HDD0 & the old HDD1, with the new drive having the "C" drive letter.
I tried with GHOST but the new HDD0 had the system files on it while the old HDD had the boot files.
It was a mess. Finally had to go back to my old HD as master and do a low-level format off the new HD, before it would even be recognized as an unformatted drive.
I need help with xfering. If both HDDs were of the same manufacture it'd be pretty simple--Maxtor, asks if you want the new HDD to be Primary/Master and Active. But I am xfering to a WD drive.
So far I've tried GHOST, using the Maxtor and the WD xfer programs to make a clone.
I could do a fresh install of W2K onto the new HDD, with the other one out of the system. Then put the old one back in, hoping that the system won't see two boot file's and crash (it's done that twice, but not with this scenario).
If I do that, and it's successful, I can directly xfer the old info to the new drive. But then I will loose all program connections--Partition Magic really screws things up--just in case someone suggest that.
I'm pretty much at a loss as to how to proceed.
If the drive letters weren't persistent, it'd be easier. Oh, I've also tried clearing the CMOS, reflashing the BIOS.