Posted 19 July 2011 - 09:10 PM
Am running winxp SP3. Am rebuilding a computer and want to clone the primary (boot) drive to a larger hdd. I have it hooked up on a different computer as a usb external ide drive, and have the target drive also hooked up as a usb external sata drive. So, although hdd1 is a boot drive, it is not currently being used as boot... but I want to be able to clone it to hdd2 and put hdd2 into the re-built machine and boot from there.
What is the best software to clone hdd1 to hdd2 ? By best, I mean: easy enough for a reasonably intelligent person to understand, not more than $25-$30, and is able to make an EXACT duplicate (i.e., copy ALL settings, info, etc - including being able to run programs that are serial or volume id sensitive.)
I'd prefer simple: e.g.: not to have to burn an iso onto a cd or boot from a cd/usb to use the software, or recover the MBR with some other tool when all is said and done.... In other words, is there a program that can REALLY make an EXACT copy (including volume id, etc) of the original hdd in a fairly straightforward way?
I don't mind have to go back and enlarge a partition (since I'm copying from a smaller drive to a larger) but I'd rather the instructions were relatively simple. Also, I have programs that I can't find any more - written by friends, etc - that I want to keep using. Just can't reinstall them. AND, I have a version of Office 2003 that works perfectly well and IS legal, but I lent the disks to someone who disappeared with them - so no way to re-install. So I'm looking for software that is the most likely to give me an exact duplicate of the original drive.
I apologize if this belongs in another forum, but "other software" seemed like the most appropriate. Also, I have googled and read a great deal, but most information pertains to cloning a drive that is being used - not one that WAS used and is temporarily connected through usb.
Thanks, much for any/all information.