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How to upgrade a HDD by cloning?


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#1 neilmac

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Posted 31 October 2009 - 12:51 AM

I own a Toshiba satellite l350d 01m laptop. I just bought a 500GB HDD because I am running out of space on the installed 250GB; I want to copy the entire c: drive onto the new drive i bought and then install that drive into the laptop. How do I achieve that. Where can I get a clone program for free, so that I can just swap out the drives and it will work. I created a recovery disc but I know that I need the HDD recovery partition on the drive and I donít want to start from scratch just increase the size then use the smaller 250gb drive as the new add on drive and the 500gb I bought as the primary master. I also donít want to have to reinstall everything I have already on my system again it takes forever. I know it can be done I just need step by steps on how to do it and where to get the relevant programs to do it. Thanks

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Posted 31 October 2009 - 09:38 AM

It's really not that hard to clone a Hard Drive. All you need to do is, pop in the new hard drive and format it(NTFS).

Use one of these programs.
http://www.downloadsquad.com/2008/09/05/5-...our-hard-drive/

Follow the instructions within them, it won't be too hard as the option you want will be something like "Clone to other volume" etc etc.
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Posted 31 October 2009 - 10:38 AM

You can also check the download section of the support site of the hard drive's manufacturer
They should offer a utility to do it
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#4 neilmac

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Posted 04 November 2009 - 11:24 PM

i want to have an exact copy of my current drive so that i dont have to reinstall everything and also not lose the hidden recovery partitions

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Posted 05 November 2009 - 11:17 AM

Cloning/copying the partition...gives you an exact copy of your current Windows partition...as long as you follow the instructions for using whatever program you intend to use.

If you have hidden/recovery partitions...you need to clone those also. Which may mean that you need to clone the hard drive, I don't know...I have no experience with recovery partitions.

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Posted 05 November 2009 - 12:53 PM

The Free Edition of HDClone clones an entire hard disk to another, larger medium. Use it for migrating an existing installation to a new hard disk or for rescuing data. The Free Edition is real freeware without obligation to buy and is intended for the short-term usage at no cost. In case of more frequent usage, we recommend using one of the higher editions since they offer higher performance, support for a wider range of hardware, and additional options which are optimized for regular or professional use.
http://www.miray.de/products/sat.hdclone.html
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EASEUS Disk Copy

EASEUS Disk Copy is a potent freeware providing sector-by-sector disk/partition clone regardless of your operating system, file systems and partition scheme by creating a bootable CD. The sector-by-sector method assures you a copy 100% identical to the original. Disk Copy can be used for copy, cloning, or upgrading your original small hard drive to a new larger drive. Simply speaking, it can copy anything from the old hard drive including the deleted, lost files and inaccessible data.
http://www.easeus.com/disk-copy/

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Posted 05 November 2009 - 02:22 PM

I've used Easeus Partition Master to clone partitions/drives successfully...never tried the Disk Copy utility because I had PM.

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 02:26 PM

i used clonezilla, then used easus partition program to move the hdd recovery partition to the end of the drive. just to let u know clonezilla missed something in the cloning and i had to recover the drive, now i have two choices in the boot menu
1.windows vista
2.windows vista (recovered)
how can i remove 1.windows vista so that there is only one choice and i don't have to pick it every time?

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 05:00 PM

Are there two folders for Vista when you boot?

Your question is probably better answered...in the BC Vista forum.

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 05:02 PM

Same question asked at http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic271443.html.

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 06:04 PM

it's a black screen at boot up that gives me two choices to boot from if that's what u mean by folders.
sorry about asking about it twice i didn't think that i would get a reply from this topic because of its age. sorry once again i will remember this in the future

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 06:30 PM

<<it's a black screen at boot up that gives me two choices to boot from if that's what u mean by folders.>>

No :thumbsup:. I mean...when you actually boot into Vista and look at the files folders...are there two folders marked Windows on the C: partition?

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 12:27 PM

no there is only one

thankyou for helping me

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 12:47 PM

you can edit the boot menu(http://www.jimmah.com/vista/content.aspx?id=15), but i would be more concerned about the hard drive space that the failed install is using.
if you still have the 250gb drive in its original condition i would format the 500gb and try cloning again.
EASEUS Disk Copy worked for me and then resize with Easeus Partition Master. i would also leave the recovery partition where it was. that may be why it messed up the first time.

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 04:33 PM

thanks i'll try that




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