Migrating to a New Hard Drive

Step-By-Step Instructions

Move Me was created to help computer users migrate their programs and files from one computer to another.  It can, however, be used to migrate between two hard drives installed in the same computer if you are willing to connect and disconnect the hard drive cables a few times. 

To migrate between two hard drives installed in the same computer follow these steps.

STEP ONE:
  • Connect the new drive as the boot drive.
  • Disconnect the old drive.
  • Install an operating system (e.g. Windows XP) on the new drive and ensure that it is working properly.
  • Install and run Move Me on the new drive, telling it that this is the "new computer" and that you want to do a file-based transfer. Save the snapshot somewhere on the drive.
  • Exit Move Me and power off.
STEP TWO:
  • Connect the old drive as the boot drive and the new drive as a second drive.
  • Install and run Move Me, telling it that this is the "old computer".
  • Under Migration Modifications, click Advanced, Miscellaneous, "Move only drive C". (This tells Move Me not to move the files on the "new computer", which the computer now sees as drive D now, back onto itself.)
  • Tell Move Me you want to do a file-based transfer and tell it where you saved the snapshot on drive D. Save the moving van on drive D, as well. (It contains the all of the data that will be moved to the new computer.)
  • After the moving van is filled, exit Move Me and power off.
STEP THREE:
  • Disconnect the old drive and connect the new drive as the boot drive.
  • Run Move Me and tell it that this is the "new computer" and that you already have a snapshot. Tell it where the moving van is and then proceed with the migration.  All your programs and files are now moved onto the new drive.
  • When the migration completes, reboot the computer.
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