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#1 Boxers


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Posted 08 May 2010 - 07:06 AM

I have a Dell Optiplex GX620 that I purchase from my employeer. This box was hooked to a network with all data stored on servers so it only has an 80gb drive and no OS disc. I want to up grade the drive well above the 80gb, but with out the OS disc I need to clone the harddrive. I will keep the old drive as backup to the system.

What is the best cloning software? I know this will be based on opinion but that is great.

If you have other solution I would be glad to hear them.


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#2 strolln


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Posted 08 May 2010 - 07:09 AM

I've used Acronis True Image to successfully do what you want to do numerous times. I haven't used any of them but here is a list of Free backup/cloning software you could try.

Edited by strolln, 08 May 2010 - 07:22 AM.

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 07:17 AM

Here are some free disc cloning software you can use :

1. CloneZilla
2. PartImage
3. Macrium free edition
4. HDClone

HDClone is what you need. It can be used when you are migrating from smaller drives to larger drives.

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 12:56 PM

Acronis is free for 30 days and works flawlessly, it is also available from a few of the HD makers and it does not expire.

Edited by OldPhil, 09 May 2010 - 08:52 AM.

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Posted 09 May 2010 - 07:07 AM

OldPhil and Romeo...thanks for the help. There is so much info out there it gets confusing on what work and what does not.

One day there will be a post that I can answer....LOL

#6 Ken-in-West-Seattle


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Posted 09 May 2010 - 08:07 AM

I use clonzilla everyday. I save images overthe network and onto external usb drives. If you do a disk image rather than a partition image, you can even transfer Dell and other oem recovery partitions to a new larger drive.

BTW: Dell will sell you an os disk for whichever xp shipped with the system, even if the corporate user modified it work as a network station. Last ones I bought were 6.99 plis shipping.

Hmm. When I google this model number, I realize I have one of these. It was donated by a corporation who was replacing them. Nice little dual core pentium D and has no ps2 connectors, just usb for key and mouse.

I will have to take a closer look but I think it does not have the recovery partition, but still has the corporate default image installed.

Edited by Ken-in-West-Seattle, 09 May 2010 - 08:13 AM.

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