new hard drive install

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The PC has a single hard drive with no provision for two. Is it possible to transfer all files from the current drive, using 'Tranfer Wizard', to a blank CD; remove the drive then install these files, from this CD, to a newly installed hard drive? If not, is there alternate software out there that will allow this?
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what do you mean "no provision for two"?

if you open the PC, check the ribbon cable for a second connection or if you just have SATA, look for a second SATA port to plug into.
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The PC's a Dell GX280 small desk top - hard drive under the lid on plastic rails, all inside a metal shell. There's a board, piggybacked on the drive, with what appears to be provision for another sata and power cable but there only the one connector/port, sata 0 on the system board and I doubt there's provision for another connection at the PSU.
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Is this the motherboard that you have?
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it's got an IDE port (#5) if you want to switch to an IDE drive from the SATA.

otherwise I'm not sure what to do besides use a differant computer to do the file transfer.
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That's the one but the problem may be solved. A concensus of opinion, on another forum, says avoid the agony and do it with a cloning program so I'm patiently waiting for my new little toy to arrive.
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You could always use an external hard drive that connects via USB like a passport or something. Move all your files to that, install the new drive and move the files back.

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