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Copying Hard Drive(s) To New Computer

by scottrhude / June 23, 2009 2:20 AM PDT

Hi There...planning on buying a new laptop soon (most likely running Windows Vista) and selling my old one (running Windows XP, SP 3) to a friend. Problem is, I'd like to know how to copy my entire computer (files, programs, etc.) to an external hard drive so I can put it all on my new one when I get it. Ideally, I'd like to leave my old one with no trace of my owning it and have my new one with all the files, programs, etc. from my old one on it. Can anyone tell me how this is done? Much appreciated if so...thanks.


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by Willy / June 23, 2009 3:33 AM PDT

Provided your old system is up and running, get that ext. HD. If any s/w comes with the new ext. HD, use the cloning or mirror image pgm. if none provided check the support website and get it, it must be the same brand as the HD support. So if Seagate, then Seagate support website and get that s/w. Clone or mirror image and store it away. Now when new system arrives, copy or swap data to new system. You really don't want to re-mirror or clone to the new system HD, as that can't be done correctly since it will be Vista and even then different systems entirely.

Once all the above is done and data is correct and safe. You can use HD eraser pgm. like Killdisk or DBAN to totally wipeout the HD. Google for author sources, very good pgms.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Another possibility
by Overington / June 23, 2009 4:06 AM PDT


That's a good suggestion, but to keep it "cheap" and not get extra hardware or software, just make a temporary network between the two machines and copy any data you've created between them. As for the OS, you're going from XP to VISTA. I don't know what programs you are using that would be compatable with both XP and VISTA. Even if you were copying the XP OS to the new machine, I doubt if the motherboard, video card, etc. are the same. You're going to have different drivers for each component most likely. I would suggest installing what programs you have that are compatable with VISTA and when you have it set up the way you want it then wipe the old machine.

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Pick one
by Jimmy Greystone / June 23, 2009 4:17 AM PDT

You get to pick one or the other, because you can either:

A) Back up the entire drive, programs, files, etc as a single image that will then not be usable on any other system


B) Give up on backing up programs and just focus on the data

It's unfortunately an either/or scenario you're faced with. You can't have both, so take however long you need to come to grips with this fact, and then decide which you'd rather have.

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