I need some suggestions. I generally live in the 'Nix world (Linux / Unix) and most of my involvement with Windows is making sure it's up to date and installing software for my wife.
The old beast in questions is Dell Studio 1710 laptop with a Pentium dual core 2 Ghz processor.
There is four Gb. of RAM and a 32-bit operating system.
It is running Windows Vista Home Premium.
I'm trying to replace the original (250 Gb.) drive with a newer 1 Tb. drive and have NOT found a way that will clone the original drive to the new one. I have tried most open source solutions in both Linux and Windows worlds. They always report an abnormal end to the cloning program, most insinuating that it is related to the source drive.
There is a secondary drive I installed (another 1 Tb.) that contains a 100 Mb. partition for Linux Mint 18 with the remainder of available space assigned to an NTFS drive that is shared by both systems.
I have the original Vista installation CDs I created, product ids for Vista and Office 2010, etc.
I'm hoping I can simply disconnect the two internal drives, connect the new one and do a fresh install of Vista and then update to the original.
Is there a way to migrate the users, software, drivers, etc. in one fell swoop? With Linux, I can simply copy the drive but I'm not sure that will work without gumming up the new install.
Ke welalin/Thank you very much!
Edited by hamluis, 18 September 2016 - 09:10 AM.
Moved from System Building to Imaging/Backup, etc. - Hamluis.