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Hard Drive Transfer Programs

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#1 wulfgar_117


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Posted 11 August 2006 - 06:53 PM

Hello, my primary drive is acting wierd, i think it's going to crash soon. I need a program like norton ghost to transfer every little bit of information that's on my primary drive to the other one i have(it's already in my computer). However i don't much money probably 20 bucks at the most, so i was wondering if there is a free or cheap program of similar nature i can use. thanks for viewing please reply!

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Posted 11 August 2006 - 07:12 PM

There are free programs that will allow you to clone your harddrive. One is:www.pcinspector.de/clone-maxx/uk/welcome.htm
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Posted 18 August 2006 - 01:01 PM

Generally you can get this utility for free from the hard drive manufacturer.

Also, Digital Dolly has been highly recommended here.

Also, there's a freeware tool called DriveImageXML at http://www.runtime.org

Personally, I use the Acronis tools for my needs, but they are payware.

But, this begs a question - Are you trying to save the pain of reinstalling everything - or are you trying to save a bunch of data.

If it's just data - copy it all to CD's and then install the OS on the new drive fresh.

If it's to save the pain of reinstalling - please read this article so you can avoid some of the pitfalls: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html

Generally, when switching/copying an OS from one hard drive to another it's best to remove everything possible from the hardware list before transferring it to the new hard drive. This shouldn't be a huge problem since you're only changing the hard drive - but be aware that this process doesn't guarantee that your data won't be destroyed in the process.
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Posted 10 December 2006 - 09:02 PM

I was directed to this site for free backup stuff... But I downloaded Acronis 7. Take your pick!



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Posted 11 December 2006 - 09:35 AM

I was directed to this site for free backup stuff... But I downloaded Acronis 7. Take your pick!



Yeah.. True Image is a rather good software and I think that it will help you to solve your problem. You can either backup or clone your hdd in order to save the important data. Get a free version of True Image here and look through this users guide.

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