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How to completely transfer from on hard drive to another?


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#1 superrr

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 08:35 AM

How can I completely transfer all of my music, programs, games, and maybe even Windows itself to my new hard drive?

I know how easy it probably is, I've just never had to do it. 



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Posted 29 July 2013 - 11:50 AM

What's the reason...for the desire to transfer?

 

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 05:03 PM

Because I'm moving from a 160gb to a 500gb.



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Posted 29 July 2013 - 05:27 PM

Thanks...just wanted to make sure that there was no evidence of corrupted files, damaged hard drive, malware...anything that might indicate that a clone or transfer would not necessarily be successful and/or alleviate your situation.

 

IMO, the best way to accomplish the stated goal would be to use any of several programs...to clone the old drive to the new drive.

 

There are a number of programs that accomplish this...the two that I have used with routine success are:

 

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download - http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx

 

EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition freeware. - http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm

 

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 05:36 PM

Will they completely transfer windows over with my settings and all? Or just my files?



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Posted 29 July 2013 - 08:33 PM

A clone...is an exact copy...of the partition/drive.

 

For more information, please read the data for using whichever program you attempt to use...before using it.  Some opinions by others can be found in the links below.

 

http://lifehacker.com/5303067/five-best-free-system-restore-tools

 

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-drive-cloning-software.htm

 

http://www.freewaregenius.com/the-best-free-disk-imaging-program-a-comparative-analysis/

 

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