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Transferring a Hard Drive Completely

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#1 airs0ft3r


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Posted 13 October 2008 - 06:11 PM


I'll try keeping this short and simple. If you want more details, just ask.

I have a Dell E1505 laptop that only has a 50 or 60 gig hard drive. I am going to upgrade to a 320 GB hard drive. I want to copy everything so all of my programs still function (Photoshop, Registry Booster, Games) and I don't have to reinstall everything. I'm willing to shell out a few bucks to get a good program to do this. Can you guys recommend a good program and walk me through the process?

Operating System: XP Media Center SP3

I also have an external hard drive with more than enough room to transfer all 40 gigs of files.

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Posted 13 October 2008 - 07:43 PM

The easiest quickest way I know of is to use Acronis True Image. Simply connect your new hard drive to your computer as a slave and using ATI
clone your old drive unto the new in a few minutes and everything works just like it did on your old drive, even your e-mail will be there.
The process is easy and simple in fact I make a new image (clone) of my drive every week or so on a separate drive and if Windows decides to take a hike I'm back in business in less than 30 minutes. Some folks recommend Norton Ghost but I have no experience with it.

ATI can be found here
Acronis True Image

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Posted 13 October 2008 - 07:56 PM

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#4 airs0ft3r

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 08:24 PM


Sorry for the revival, but I've got the hard drive and am ready to begin the transfer.

I'm not sure I'll be able to do the transfer with my situation:

I've got a laptop with space for only 1 hard drive. The other hard drive hooked up to it is a 250 GB external USB drive with about 100 gigs free. My hard drive inside the computer is only 60 GB.

The other hard drive I bought is 320 GB. It is internal.

Should I still use Acronis True Image?

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