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cloning laptop hard drive

by cbanks / September 21, 2008 1:37 AM PDT

I just acquired a new Acer Aspire 5570/2067 laptop. It has a 160GB hard drive with Vista Home Premium and Acer "goodies" preinstalled. I have not yet decided that I want Vista, because I still use XP Pro and I do like that. So, I want to clone the drive (or whatever the term is) to preserve the hard drive in its original state so I can "bring it back" if I do decide to use Vista. One option seems to be to purchase a completely new 160 GB drive and just store the one that came with the laptop, but that seems overly expensive. So what other options do I have?


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If you were even considering buying another drive
by Steven Haninger / September 21, 2008 2:08 AM PDT

I'd just pull the Vista drive out, put another drive in and install XP fresh. The cost of a new drive won't be that much more than the cost of cloning software.

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Can't do that.....
by helljack6 / September 21, 2008 8:54 AM PDT

You can't "just pull the hard drive out and install a new one and install XP" on the Acer laptops.

Reason being is most newer laptops are using SATA 2.0 drives and require specific hard drive drivers to be installed DURING the windows XP setup by using the F6 function.

Older "newer" laptops at least had it in the BIOS where you could change the SATA drive mode from ACHI (newer hard drive driver, which without the driver installed at the F6 prompt, XP Setup will NOT see the hard drive) to native mode (is able to be seen in XP Setup).

You could look at 3rd party software for creating image backups, they're worth the money, or, as an alternative, you could create a set of restore disks using the internal software included in the Vista software under Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System Restore, there should be an option to create a set of restore disks for your laptop.

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How I've cloned a drive on the cheap.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 21, 2008 4:17 AM PDT

While it's not for everyone, the G4U Copydisk at is free and the downside is you have to type three words for the command to get the copy. I can't explain why some don't like this software but the idea of typing the command might be what scares them off.

The better idea may be to slip in a new drive and save the old as-is, where-is.

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