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how to clone a hard drive

by rozrob23 / October 8, 2010 9:49 AM PDT

I am next to dumb when talking about computer stuff, but my hard drive is almost completely fulll. I got a ntw one but need to clone it from the old one. I had a 50gb and got a 500. I need to move my programs and what not over. Can someone tell me how to make a clone of my old drive to my new drive so that I don't lose programs and such. Thanks

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Why clone it?
by MDFlax / October 8, 2010 10:49 PM PDT

I'm no expert on cloning so I will offer other solutions.

Use that 500 GB drive just for your data. Move all your personal files, eg photos, videos, music tracks, etc to the larger drive.

Existing Programs will not transfer like that, but many applications will allow you to install them onto 2nd drives, so try that in future installs.

Just keep the 50GB drive for the OS and any software you cannot uninstall and reinstall onto the larger drive and that should be fine.

I have to ask, are you regularly taking backups of those personal files? An Operating System and software can always be reinstalled if anything breaks, but lost personal files are not so easily replaced.


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>>>> how to clone a hard drive
by Rain-Walker / October 9, 2010 2:58 AM PDT

you can use third party software's to do that. like Norton Ghost and HDClone.
i use Norton its very effective.
u can make clone of ur old hard drive even ur system files.

hope it will works.
Best of luck

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try ghost
by netguyguy / October 10, 2010 11:45 AM PDT

Norton Ghost should be your best choice, but keep in mind, someone told me Ghost works badly in Win7.

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thats right
by warrencharlot / October 10, 2010 4:41 PM PDT

You can also buy a mass storage device that can handle some of your files to be transferred,

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The new 500 GB disk should have ...
by Edward ODaniel / October 9, 2010 4:53 AM PDT

come with software that will clone the old disk to the new one. If it didn't you can usually go to the disk manufacturer's web site and download their software at no cost. The help file will explain the process in detail.

If your disk is an unbranded one you can still use free cloning software such as clonezilla (freeware ) or Macrium Reflect (freeware and the freeware I would recommend ) all of which will also work on branded disks in place of the manufacturer software.

If you have your doubts about using freeware you can also find commercial solutions such as Symantec Ghost or Avanquest Perfect Image or Acronis True Image (the better of these three in my opinion and experience).

It is probably to your benefit to clone to the new drive rather than just using it for data as someone else suggested as it is most likely a faster and more efficient drive and being newer less likely to fail in the near future and a 50 Gb dirve is getting a bit "long in the tooth".

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