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Upgrading Hard Disk On Latop

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 09:45 AM


I would like to replace the hard disk on a Dell Inspiron 700M. Hard disk is a 60Gig, and I can source larger disks and swap out the hardware easily. My stumbling block is how to transfer programs and data easily, without having to reinstall all the programs.

I know that the IT guys at my office have somethign called Ghost to do this type of thing. What is available to me for this type of thing?

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 10:42 AM


You could try Norton Ghost 2003


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Posted 10 July 2008 - 11:41 AM

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 06:59 PM

I just picked up a new Seagate drive and it came with a program
called "Disk Wizard".
It allows you to copy the entire old drive over to the new drive.
Check the website of your drive maker and look for something similar.


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Posted 20 August 2008 - 05:31 PM

So, here is an update on this issue. I hope it is useful to others as well.

I was able to purchase a replacement drive online from Drivesolutions.com and these folks also offer 3 different data transfer kits, all just under $50. The one I used was the CMS USB Hard Drive Data Transfer Upgrade Kit which includes a drive case, power and data cable, software and easy to use instructions.

All arrived promptly and worked flawlessly.

1) install new drive in data transfer case
2) connect new drive to laptop via USB
3) place software CD into laptop DVD drive & follow instructions
this step made an exact duplicate of my old drive's content to the new drive, turning it into a bootable drive
4) swap drives once copy process ends
5) upon reboot of the laptop (from the newly installed higher capacity drive), software does its final cleanup and uninstalls itself
6) Voila... Enjoy the laptop with 82% free space :thumbsup:

All very neat and tidy. I've subsequently used the software again to upgrade another laptop. And I now have a spare USB drive since I was able to reuse the original drive from the laptop in the CMS enclosure.

The local shops were quoting a minimum of $60 to transfer data from the old drive to the new. This solution cost less and I now have all I need to do it again if needed.

I highly recommend all the above. No affiliation, just a happy customer.

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