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HDD Cloning methods

by constantlee / January 26, 2014 3:30 AM PST

Hello,
It's been years since last here but wondered if anyone can advise me on this please. I am trying to choose between Cloning my current HDD onto an External HDD for the purpose of copying that to a larger new HDD (if that is indeed possible?) .... and / or ... buying new (second hand on ebay) Windows 7 64bit OS to put on the new HDD ??
I have seen that "Acronis" is supposed to be good ??
(Current machine is Windows 7 64bit)
Many thanks in advance

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I use a few methods.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 26, 2014 3:34 AM PST
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GPARTED confusing
by constantlee / January 26, 2014 6:38 AM PST
In reply to: I use a few methods.

Thank you, yes I have heard of both and actually sampled Gparted without using it some years ago. It wasnt the most straightforward utility I can recall. I have an ISO of it on CD.
Maybe there are alternatives ...
Thanks again.

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Apricorn
by constantlee / January 26, 2014 6:50 AM PST
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Hmm, that looks useful. If it does what it says on the tin it should deal with everything except resizing partitions.

Can the resizing be done at "any" time after the upgrade once the new drive is in use please ?

Am slightly out of my depth with these issues Happy

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committed
by constantlee / January 26, 2014 7:21 AM PST
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Have purchased the Apricorn so fingers crossed all should be well.
Thanks for the info.

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forgot to ask
by constantlee / January 26, 2014 7:24 AM PST
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Does the Apricorn copy the Recovery Partition also please ?

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Clone
by Bob__B / January 26, 2014 6:16 AM PST
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If one of the units is a WD hdd then they have a free to download util.

It looks like the new version of the util allows partition management.

I'm using an old version...sans part manage....works fine when the input and output are the same size.

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not WD unfortunately
by constantlee / January 26, 2014 6:41 AM PST
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Thanks for that. the old HDD is a Samsung but its useful to know about the WD, cheers

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