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Suggestions/Help for copying from 1 Hard drive to Another

This could very well be a Software and Hardware Question. Maybe the NTLDR or whatever file is the culprit, maybe there is a way to check or replace it ? I can't recall the error or if any. I also normally use Portableapps if possible. Here it goes. Hey there, I have a Sata Hard drive that for some reason stopped booting on a computer with Windows XP Pro on it. I just tried to make it a second drive on a different computer on Sata1 port but the Win7 Computer sticks at a colored loading icon until I unplug the data cable, yes with it still running and it then finishes the boot, the bios does see it. So that might be one problem you could help with. So I have a old Winxp Home computer, yep 3 different computers, and I used one of those things you connect the hard drive to and then to the computer using USB, and it sees it and I can browse through it and all of that. I was hoping to connect it using SATA to copy stuff at better speeds and maybe reliability. but it freezes so to speak. Either way, What is the most reliable method to copy and paste or whatever, If we can't figure out why it freezes, I will have to use the USB, So, Browse and copy and paste normally using WIN7, or use one of the programs here, if so which is the one of choice ? which one is easy to learn ? etc. Any help much appreciated of course. Did I leave something out ? Thank you. Oh, P.S. the hard drives are both Seagates and the little jumpers are there not jumped and the drive says (Factory use only) So I figured/hoped they are set to auto detect.

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Re: copy

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Use what works, and that seems to be the USB.

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Hey bud, thank you, and what do you suggest, Win7 Copy and Paste or some program ? Like a file Manger of some sort ? Or something else.

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Two successful methods to Copy Files

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I've had good luck "Copying" disks two different ways.

One is using the copy function within MiniTool Partition Wizard (I use the free edition).

It can be found here: https://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html

One caveat is that Partition Wizard seems to copy only to an unallocated disk or partition. (Also, be sure to click "Apply" after setting things up for instance with a wizard or nothing will happen.)

I note that MiniTool's "copy disk" function will often successfully copy a disk which an OS installed on it and the OS will boot, essentially making its copy function also a clone disk tool.

A second way I've had lots of success in copying file on disks (even whole disks of them), is using Beyond Compare by Scooter Software. It's not free but well worth the $30 charge.

It can be found here: http://www.scootersoftware.com/download.php

Unlike Windows File Manager, Beyond compare does not "stop" when it encounters a "bad" file. Instead it just identifies that it encountered it within its log file (visible at all times).

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