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Upgrading and Cloning a laptop hard drive

by schtevo / December 19, 2007 9:42 AM PST

I'm replacing a hard drive that's gradually failing. I have an Inspiron 8200, XP SP2. I plan on transferring my old data to the new drive by installing my new drive in the laptop and attaching my old drive via a usb hard drive enclosure. I've read about some programs that will handle the cloning process. However, I'm not sure that I want an exact clone. I thought it might be a good idea to do a fresh install of xp on the new drive just to get rid of the old, unused junk lingering in my old file system and registry. Then I'll just pluck whatever files I need from the old drive before it goes in the trash.

The problem is.. while I've found most of my old backup CDs, including windows, there are a couple of CDs that I can't find. I suspect that simply copying a program's directory from my old drive to new won't work because there will be missing registry entries, etc. Is there a way to accomplish this, or should I just clone.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 19, 2007 9:48 AM PST

There is yet to be a great program "mover." There was ALOHA BOB PC RELOCATER but it is no more.

Just a tip. I did that clone recently with G4U (see


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by schtevo / December 19, 2007 10:41 AM PST
In reply to: Clone...

Has anyone tried "Move Me"?

Looks like your right, Bob. The existing programs that I've seen look marginal at best. Especially if your moving only one program. danged windows.

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