I'm upgrading my windows desktop hardware and doing a clean OS install. I'm using SystemRescueCD to prepare my old drives for the upgrade. Long story short, a bit of an emergency, I coudln't do this in windows before I upgraded the hardware (failed motherboard) and windows doesn't boot with the new hardware. I'm familiar with unix/linux but not so much when it comes to doing things with windows and have some questions.
I have 3 drives. 2 old drives that were the system (c:, /dev/sda) and data (d: /dev/sdc) drives before I upgrade the hardware. I have one new drive (/dev/sdb) which I think I might have used briefly in a USB dock because it's formatted as FAT16.
I'm currently waiting for /dev/sdb to finish formatting. I used mkntfs /dev/sdb1 to make it an NTFS partition. Is that going to be good enough?
I want to copy the contents of /dev/sda1 and /dev/sdc1 into directores on /dev/sdb1 as backups (already have files backed up to other device but faster if on same system). What's the best way to do the copy so that I can easily see the files in windows and not have to worry about hidden files or special permissions? It's also about 0.4TB of data so something that will work fast would be nice. I don't want to move the partition, just copy the contents of those 2 partitions to directories in the new drives partition.
Do I need to do anything about assigning drive letters? When I install windows I plan on formatting my c: drive (/dev/sda) as my new system drive/partition.
I want the new drive (/dev/sdb) to have a d: drive letter in windows but don't want to reformat it since it will contain the data from my old system drive.
My old d: drive (/dev/sdc) I don't want to reformat yet but would like it to be my e: drive.