Great answer! Thank you. Only option 2 will work for me.
Am going to try copying the current disk to a new(120gb) disk thru' a HDD USB to IDE kit.
From these forums, I guess the maximum size of the disk without any additional hardware is
Message Edited by peterfelgate on 01-30-2006 02:35 PM
I routinely remove the CDROM and use the power and IDE cable for the CDROM on a second drive. This is also how you clone from one drive to another via GHOST DOS boot floppy.
The USB to IDE kits are usually under $25 dollars though so they are a good temporary fix.
There is a way to clone or copy that is like ghost when using WIN98 or WINME.
Heres how to do it.
1. Make a startup disk and make sure that FDISK and FORMAT.COM are on the disk.
2. Put the New drive in as the primary. The old drive is not attached but sitting somewhere safe.
3. FDISK then FORMAT C: /S
4. After verifying that the drive is formatted and boots to C:\ turn off the pc.
5. Put the old drive back.
6. Attach the drive to the USB to IDE bridge and power up then boot the pc and install the drivers so that WIN98 sees it. OR temporarliy remove the cdrom and make the new drive the D: on the CDROM connectors.
7. Your New drive will be D: or E: etc. With windows fully booted you should see your new drive as D: or E: etc. Open a DOS window and type in the following.
XCOPY C:\ D:\ /r /i /c /h /k /e /y /s
It will copy all the files to your new drive.
Then shut down and make the New drive the primary and the old drive you keep as a backup. Put your cdrom back.
You must put the NEW Drive in as the Primary C: drive and format and make Bootable.
FDISK will not allow you to make the D: partition active.
The USB to IDE brige looks like this
SpeedStep - Ref using the CDROM connectors - I usually acknowledge in my posts that this method was originally suggested by you; I forgot this time...OP - I regularly used to use the XCOPY method and never had a problem. However in certain rare circumstances the truncation of file names involved CAN cause files to be erroneously named so do make sure everything is OK after the copy. (search the web for info on this; there are some demonstrations of what can happen).