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Q: cloning SATA hard drive with Windows XP to USB hard drive

Hi, I was wondering if it was possible to clone a SATA hard drive with Windows XP to a USB hard drive, and rather or not if Windows XP would work well on the USB hard drive after it was cloned from the SATA hard drive. The USB hard drive would be the only hard drive used after the SATA hard drive with Windows XP was cloned to the USB hard drive.

Preferred Solution: cloning SATA hard drive with Windows XP to USB hard drive

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: cloning SATA hard drive with Windows XP to USB hard drive

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I've been wanting to retire one of my older IDE drives as my primary disk drive (160GB) and use it as a storage/backup drive. I picked up a 160GB SATA drive and I wanted to "clone" the IDE (which is bootable) to the SATA. My question is, if I were to do this would I be able to boot from the SATA drive, or would I need to just reinstall my operating systems on the new drive?

In other words, I just want to use the SATA drive to boot from instead of the old IDE and then use the IDE as another storage disk. I just need to know if by cloning the drive (essentially moving all of the info to the new SATA disk) would I be able to boot it up normally?

A:Hard Drive Cloning - IDE to SATA


I would have posted it all here, but I like to give credit where credit is due. The second paragraph pretty much answers your questions, but keep reading. Good luck!

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ok i have a Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive and i need to the max of hard drive i can run or allow on my DEll Optiplex 740  small factor tower plus  also need help about if i can upgrade my  ADM Athlon Dual core Processor 4850e  and higher?

A:want to upgrade my hard drive Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive

Any 3.5" drive at 2T or under should work fine.  Upgrading the CPU would mean buying used - these CPUs went out of production not long after your system was current - and that was a decade ago.

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Hi all,
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

A:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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I have an old 320GB hard drive that's dying and slowing my computer down. The OS is on a 20GB partition. I want to copy that partition onto an empty, 110GB hard drive.

Will the data copied be corrupted? am I better off re-installing windows?

How can I do this?

A:Cloning a hard drive partition onto a smaller hard drive

Hi there

1) download something like FREE macrium and boot it up.
2) Image the OS
3) Restore the image to the new HDD --if it's a Laptop you can do it with a USB==>SATA cable without installing the new HDD first
4) swap the drives if it's a laptop
5) Boot.

Remember though if the Windows system partition exists to copy that as well as the "C" partition.

The rest of your data (User data etc) on the HDD - just save anywhere with File explorer / Windows explorer to wherever you want to keep it -- there's no reason why you couldn't keep it on the old HDD -- if it's an INTERNAL HDD you can get a powered SATA / IDE case and connect via USB or SATA.

I suspect you are installing an SSD -- EXCELLENT MOVE -- you won't be in any way disappointed. You can connect the 110GB SDD to the computer via a USB==>SATA cable - very cheap so you can restore to SSD BEFORE physically changing the drives. Even if it isn't an SSD the methodology applies -- ensure though the BOOT partition is ACTIVE !! or the system won't boot.


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Hello, I have a quick question about cloning a old hard drive to a new hard drive on a desktop computer.

I bought a new 320 GB EIDE hard drive (my computer uses IEDE not SATA) about 3 months ago.
I successfully installed it and it works, but when I set it up as a secondary (slave) hard drive (when I say set it up I mean: physically on the hard drive before I installed it into the computer, I put it to slave not master; and I virtually set it up to a slave hard drive when the computer booted up and all that stuff).
Then I put a music folder in the slave hard drive, that's it.

Now, about 3 months later, I see that I should have just set up my new hard drive to be the master hard drive because my old 70 GB hard drive is just way to small to be used for a computer.
I want to clone my old hard drive to the new hard drive (I want to boot on this hard drive and have everything that was on the old hard drive). I also want to set my new slave hard drive to the master hard drive and the old hard drive to the slave. I looked on the internet and youtube and I know how to clone so I'm alright there.

So since I want to set my slave hard drive as the master:
QUESTION: Do I take my new hard drive out of the computer and physically switch it to master BEFORE cloning, or AFTER cloning (because I'm sure you have to physically do this on the hard drive right? not just virtually through a program)? And do I have to put the new hard drive where the old hard drive cur... Read more

A:Need Help Cloning Old Hard Drive to New Hard Drive (quick question)

Never mind...I figured it out.

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Hi People.

I've got myself into a bit of a fix.

I have a SanDisk Ultra II SSD drive.

I formatted the SSD drive to give a fresh start to a clean install. Probably a mistake because it cleared all the data, partitions etc.

I had tried to install Win7 on to the SSD before the formatting but that try failed.

I have tried to install winows7 directly onto the SSD drive, but that didn't work. The resulting windows operating system kept falling over with DLL's not found when starting up and after installing one DLL it finally managed to start but it took three hours to do so.

I then tried a different approach.

I replaced the SSD drive with the old hard disk which had a flakey Win7 operating system on it.

I ran CHKDSK on the hard disk which found no errors.

I then successfully installed Win7 onto the hard disk and it put the old Win7 into a Windows.old folder which I am moving to an expansion drive.

The Win7 on the hard disk is looking fine and stable even after some 6 hours testing everything I can think of.

That should leave me with just the Win7 ready to clone onto the SSD drive.

Question1 - will cloning from the hard drive to the SSD drive put everything on the SSD drive, ie partitions, folders data programs ie absolutely everything?

Question2 - will everything previously on the SSD drive get over written?

Question3 - how do I create a bootable CD/DVD with the cloning application on it?

I am hoping to have the hard disk connected via an external USB enclosure. Th... Read more

A:Cloning a windows 7 O/S from a hard drive to an SSD drive.

Have a look at this tutorial. I have written it a while ago but maybe it can help.

SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

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Computer: Dell Dimension 5100. 6 years old.
Current hard drive: SATA 250GB (think it's SATA 1). Dell web site says its ATA-133

Looking to: Replace the hard drive due to faults

Question: Can I fit a SATA 3 hard drive in this computer? Would this just work at SATA 1 speeds because of the old mainboard? Most of the hard drives listed for sale are now SATA 3.

Thanks for any replies.

A:Solved: SATA 3 hard drive to replace a SATA 1 hard drive?

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i just cloned the OS hard drive in my computer from an 80GB to 160GB (both IDE) using acronis true image enterprise edition.

the clone process completed fine, but when i try to start the computer with the new hard drive plugged in (power and data cables disconnected from the old drive) i get the 'disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter' message when the OS is supposed to startup.

i booted to the windows 7 OS disc and chose the repair option which detected that there was a startup issue with the disk and apparently fixed it, but when i restarted the computer i still get the same error message. i also used the startup repair option from the windows OS disc but it didn't detect any issues.

the interesting thing is that i can boot the new hard drive while the OS disc is in the DVD drive, but if i take it out i get the message again.

i've also tried changing the jumper settings on the hard drive (master/single to cable select) but that didn't make a difference.

any help is greatly appreciated.


A:windows won't start after cloning hard drive

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Hi all!

I've got a question about disc cloning. I've used it before with some Linux installs on my "tinker boxes" which happily took to whatever partition resizing I wanted, but never on my personal, everyday desktop. Currently, I've got two hard drives installed in my machine - an old 80gb IDE that is my main "OS" drive, and a 320gb SATA which is my "Data" drive. I'm running Win7 Ultimate 64-bit.

I've read in the past that it's impossible to successfully clone a Windows 7 install to a larger hard drive and grow it from it's old size to fill the entire size of the new drive....however, I found this article this morning and it confused me because it IS talking about using Win7's backup and restore to copy it to another larger drive AND extend it to use the full partition...? Did I misunderstand something there? Does Backup and Restore only copy WINDOWS and not the programs installed on it's drive?

Basically, I want to be able to clone Windows from it's current 80gb IDE drive to a 160gb SATA drive and have everything work exactly as it was, EXCEPT it's now on a larger partition on the 160gb drive...? Is this even possible?

Thanks for any help!

A:Cloning WIndows 7 to a larger hard drive...?

Not sure what you mean by

install to a larger hard drive and "grow it" from it's old size to fill the entire size of the new drive..

but why not take an image of the old drive and restore that to the new drive. For that I would recommend Macrium Reflect

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My company clones hard drives for deploying our software (each software comes with a new computer and a new windows license). We clone the drive to avoid installing the mother board drivers, windows updates, sql server, etc etc each time. This worked great with Windows XP but with Windows 7 we get a boot error on the clone:

"Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem..."

Is there a way around this issue? We are a small company and it really is a pain to re-install everything for each new release we do.

Thanks in Advance,

A:Cloning A Hard Drive With Windows 7 Installed

What software are you using to clone disks?

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I have this current set up on my computer:

250Gb HDD ( C drive) - contains windows 7 64 bit OS, steam and other files.
360Gb HDD ( D drive) - Partially deleted and defunct windows vista. Some games and files on.

I recently purchased a 3Tb internal HDD, and wish to create the following setup:

3Tb internal HDD (C Drive) - contains the 250 and 360 GB HDD's cloned onto it.
250 and 360 Gb HDD's - Completely wiped and used for backup and storage.

I would also like the 250 and 360 Gb HDD's to be recognised seperately, AS IF they were seperate drives, while remaining on the same 3Tb HDD.

I can only use free software. I also do not want a RAID setup.

A step-by-step guide on how to accomplish this setup and what programs to use would be greatly appreciated.

Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.

A:Windows 7 64 bit cloning on to blank hard drive

I think if you plan on booting from the 3TB drive you're gonna need to format it with GPT instead of MBR, and you've got to have a EFI (rather than a standard BIOS) motherboard.

Everything You Need to Know About 3TB Hard Drives | PCWorld

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Can anybody talk me through installing a slave drive on my gateway gm5483e motherboard model 945gct-m3 made by elitegroup also known as ECS

A:windows Vista sata hard drive slave drive


It should be as simple as installing a couple of cables. Hopefully you've got a nice flat cable either with the new slave drive, or a spare with the motherboard: it's normally red, but can be other colours, about 1cm wide and 1mm thick. That needs to be plugged in between the drive and one of your SATA slots on the motherboard. They'll normally be black, and unlike most, will have a slight 'L' shape to them. If you get a torch on your motherboard, you should see SATA1 or SATA2 written very close to them. If you've already got a SATA drive, then it should be easy to spot, so just use the second port.

When you start the machine up, go into the BIOS by pressing the appropriate key (it should come up with a screen just after displaying what graphics card you have / testing memory, telling you what key to press - normally F1, F2, F12, Esc or Del),

Then find your way to the 'Boot Order' section (sorry, not sure quite where it'll be for your chipset - but it'll be either on the first screen, or more likely a menu off of it), and make sure that it's still on your CD/Floppy/original drive first and hasn't swapped to your new SATA (it shouldn't have done, but some prefer a SATA drive by default to an IDE).

Any probs or questions, please come back. You'll do fine!


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I just upgraded drive from 1 TB to a 2 TB. I tried 2 ways using Acronics True Image 2015 retail & one off the drive manufacture site which is Western Digital.
I did a clone & all went well but I lost my restore points & why didn't it copy them? When I click system restore in new cloned drive I see my C drive 2x one active & other says (missing). When I first booted into the new cloned drive I saw Blue Screen something about memory management but it didn't create a mini dump file & rebooted normally rest of the time. Only other thing was Google Chrome account got messed up but deleted it & logged in Google account again. Is this normal behavior for a drive clone? I still have old drive in case something not go right but so far all fine except this. I also tried system image but on the new 2 TB there was over 1 TB of raw space & had to partition it & not want to to that.

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I just upgraded my HP mini-laptop to Windows 10. I want to clone my 250 GB hard drive to a bootable 500 GB hard drive. I have read many of the Google responses re: software to use etc. One of my main questions has to do with OneDrive, which is slowly uploading files. Can I just clone the hard drive in its current state (using EaseUS Todo Backup or Macrium Reflect (any suggestions on which will be appreciated) or do I need to do some more preparation of existing hard drive first. Thanks for any advice. MM

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Hi, Is this possible? I have tried numerous times on my PC to install Windows 7 onto my Sata Drive to no avail. Yet as soon as I plug in my IDE HD it installs fine.

I have unplugged all external peripherals USB and internal Card Reader. Set my Bios ok as it sees both the Hard Drive and DVD fine (Both in the bios and during selection of hard drive during windows 7 installation). Yet when I come to install it, it craps out at a random percentage saying cannot read from source or worse yet it crawls so slow through the percentages (I really don't think Windows 7 should take 6 hours to get to 15%!!) Yet both the hard drive and dvd are fine and the disc works great on my other PC without the sata drive in. I'm pulling my hair out here!!!

My motherboard is a Biostar G31-M7 TE with latest bios now what is odd is that I recently updated the BIOS to the latest one so does my problem come from here or was it always going to be a problem on this board? Also when I do have win7 installed on the IDE drive when I plug in ther sata drive inside the whole system goes belly up (from freezes when transferring large files to just not seeing the drive)


A:Install Windows 7 with Sata Hard Drive and IDE DVD ROM Drive

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One of my favorite tips is to pre-format the HD on another computer to the partitions that you want for the new install on the new computer. Sometimes SATA drivers are required during install either from Disc or USB flash drive containing the correct Sata drivers needed.
Also check your Bios setting for AHCI, SATA, IDE.

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A friend of mine has asked me to transfer some music and picture files from his old IDE hard Drive in a HP Pavillion System, to his new SATA hard drive in his new Dell System, it sounds like it should be a fairly simple process, but my question is, what is the best way to just copy these files and not the entire hard disk?

A:Need help transferring files from IDE Hard Drive to SATA Hard Drive

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Hi. I have a virus infected sata hard drive with windows 7 on it. It has the win 7 anti virus 2012 on it, and it's a cybercriminal virus. I have lots of files I want to transfer to the new sata drive. I already have windows 7 installed on the new drive. How do I get the files from the bad drive to the new one? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

A:How do I transfer files from bad sata hard drive to new hard drive

You could make your own external HD, & than copy/paste over.

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I have a Windows 7, 64-bit Dell desktop with 60-GB primary C: drive and 500-GB secondary E: drive. We keep bumping against size limitation on 60 GB drive.

I would like to consolidate to a single 1-TB hard drive. What would you recommend as the best approach?

I have been looking at various posts on TSG. It seems cloning the 60-GB C drive to 1-TB drive (over USB 2) is a start. But what to do with the data on E drive. Also, I noticed the E drive also has Program Files\ and WINDOWS\ directories. Is that cause for concern?

I was thinking of using Macrium Reflect Free, unless there is a better tool.

A:Solved: [hard drive] Cloning to larger drive, Win7

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Good day to all!

I am confused on what do I have to do: "clone" my Windows hard drive or make an "image" of it that will serve as back-up. I want to back-up my Windows hard drive so that when this hard drive fails (e.g. mechanical problem like I encountered last month), I can restore my OS including all updates through Windows Update and all the softwares installed in this drive. Also, I want that these softwares will run like before.

Can someone tell me the difference of each, the advantages and disadvantages, and the best recommended utility to be used.

Thanks to all that will help.

A:Cloning VS. Imaging - Full Backup my Windows Hard Drive

Cloning makes a duplicate of a HDD that is fully functional. An image acts like a photo negative; all the data necessary to rebuild a HDD is there but can't be used as is unless the software used for imaging is capable of mounting an image. One significant difference between a clone and an image is a clone is of the entire HDD while images can be made of individual partitions on a drive, multiple partitions, or the entire HDD.

Images are best for backing up HDDs or partitions that contain the OS since they can be used to restore the OS to the original HDD without having to physically swap drives. Merely copying the OS from a clone back to the original HDD will not work. Images also usually take up less room on a HDD than the original data because they are usually compressed.

Clones are usually best for moving the contents of one drive to another. Both clones and images can be used to back up not OS data.

For backing up my desktop, I make an image of my SSD boot drive. Since it has only the OS and programs on it, it is only 56GB big and takes me only 8.5 minutes to clone to a folder on my first data drive in the computer. I can easily restore the boot drive from the image and have done so several times. I clone the data drive because, if the data drive ever dies completely, I can use the clone (I actually have three, two at home and one in a safe deposit box at my credit union) to easily access my data until I can replace the dead drive.

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I have on my laptop (a thinkpad, from Lenovo) Windows 7 Professional, obtained via something called "MSDN Alliance" and my university.

A few weeks ago, I finally had the opportunity to upgrade my hard drive. Thus, I placed the new disk in a USB case, plugged it in via USB, and performed a disk clone via a software from a company called EASUS.

I then removed the old disk, placed the new one in its location (that is, inside the laptop), and removed the USB equipment. Good as new, I though.

And everything appears to be working fine -- except the "nag screen" that seemingly randomly pops up out of nowhere and tells me that I am using a (I don't recall the text exactly at this moment) less that legal/legitimate installation of Windows.

I can check if Windows has been activated -- and it has (of course, I did this after having installed it) (i.e., on the "old" disk).

I have tried searching for solutions, however I only find issues when similar clonings have changed the drive letters.

This is not the issue here, i.e. the "Windows partition" is still "C:".
Any suggestions?

Thank you
Olof Antonsson


A:Post-cloning of OS hard drive Windows Genuine nag screen issue

You didn't happen to use EASEUS Partition Master to perform the cloning, did you? I just used it to clone my own system HD and it changed the volume ID of the clone without me asking it to do so. So I used another tool that actually performed an exact, raw clone without any changes.

You would need to find out the volume ID of your original HD and set the volume ID of the new drive to match it. One tool which can do this easily is MBRWizard! - The MBR Management Utility

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I just bought a laptop with Vista on it, and I hate it. I have a XP disk, but it doesn't seem to want to read my hard drive. I bought a new one to see if that would help, but it still wont read it. It's a Sony Vaio vgn-fz140e. First I tried to partition the hard drive it came with, and I did, but it just wouldn't detect it. Then I bought a new one but still the same problem. But when I plug in my external usb hard drive it will detect it, it just wont install onto there..... I really want XP, would prefer both, but rather XP than Vista. And I don't want to pay anyone to do it fore me. Any suggestions


A:Sata Hard Drive and Windows Xp HELP!

What version of XP is the disc that you're using? I recently tried installing a SATA hard drive with an XP pre-SP1 disc and had some serious problems with it. If this is the case shoot me a PM and I can discuss with you the things I went through to get it working.

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Will XP install an a SATA hard drive? I am doing a build that will have XP for playing older games that will not work on Vista. I was just reading on a game forum that someone said "They got into some serious headaches trying to install Windows XP on a SATS hard drive"

A:Windows XP on a SATA hard drive

Installing XP on a SATA drive requires an additional step:

XP Help And Support: 108. How Do I Install Windows XP On A SATA Hard Drive

However, Most newer BIOS allow an Alternate method for SATA . . Go into the bios and check the "Sata Operation" setting,

change it to "Raid Autodetect/ATA if it is not already. Now try to install XP ( could be IDE Mode, Compatibility Mode or Legacy Mode - different BIOS use different terms )

some will say IDE instead of ATA)

If there are no such settings you'll need to slipstream the sata drivers on the XP CD, follow the instructions in this guide :



Resolving "Setup did not find any hard disk drives" during Windows XP Installation - How-To Geek

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Hello, my computer had locked up not to long ago so I had to give it a hard reboot. However, now it doesn't seem to recognize my main hard drive. I have 2 sata hard drives plugged in and it only recognizes my other one. If i set the option for "Configure SATA as" to RAID in bios, it shows it in the boot list but then throws a BSOD with error code 0x0000007b. Also it seems the same BSOD error happens when I set it as AHCI. Both hard drives recognized but BSOD thrown.When it has "Configure SATA as" IDE it only shows the other hard drive. Any ideas?

My System is:

ASUS P5E LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

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I have a T30 Thinkpad, XP Pro and want to replace hard drive with a new 120 gig. First off, any suggestion on brands? And what is the best cloning software out there? Are the free programs like HDCLONE ok?
Thanks, JeffB

A:Hard drive cloning

i've always had good results with Seagate hard drives myself. as for cloning software i use Acronis True Image (have to pay for it though). not sure on HD Clone but i'm sure the guru's here can advise on some freeware cloner programs.

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I have a 160GB 2.5" hard drive installed in a laptop of mine. This laptop has no disk (neither CD nor DVD of any sort) drive and no floppy drive. I do not have an external DVD or CD drive or floppy drive, nor do I intend on purchasing one.

I have a 400GB 2.5" drive installed in a USB enclosure.

I would like to do the following:

1. Clone ENTIRELY the contents of the 160GB drive onto the 400GB drive, so that the drive contains ALL FILES, REGISTERIES ETC of the old drive, but just with a larger, 400GB partition.

2. REMOVE the 160GB drive from the laptop, throw it away, smash it to bits, I don't give a damn, forget about it.

3. INSTALL THE 400GB DRIVE into the laptop.


I'll repeat: I have no floppy drive, no CD or DVD drive, and DO NOT INTEND ON BUYING ONE.

Things I do not want to do:

I DO NOT want to boot my 400GB drive from USB.

I DO NOT want to boot my 160GB drive from USB.

I DO NOT want to use a floppy drive or buy a floppy drive or look at a floppy drive or be reminded that floppy drives exist.

I DO NOT want to buy cheap viagra.

I DO NOT want to do anything I did not SPECIFICALLY MENTION in this thread.

If anyone is able to help me with this, it would be much appreciated.

Will I be able to use XXCLONE to do this?

A:Cloning a hard drive.

Where do you plan to do this (cloning), in another computer with all the things you mentioned that you do not have in your laptop?

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I want to clone my h/d - just in case. How do I go about doing that?

I run Windows Me on a Compaq 1.2 Ghz, 40Gb h/d.

I had to have my h/d replaced after a little over a year. The repairman at Best Buy said he tried 4 h/d's (Western Digital)before he found one that would load. I really don't want to go through that again, and I don't trust WD after all I've heard. I would rather buy another h/d and put everything on it to keep for a spare.

Thanks for any help.

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I was wondering if there are any devices or software on the market to fit this scenario.

First let me say that I run a computer rental department for an Audio VIsual Company. We have about 150 machines that go in and out on a dfaily basis. RIght now as these machines come in I hook the laptops up on a network and net boot them to a powerquest imaging program to image them. Desktops I hook up to a KVM switcher and image the same way.

My issue is that this takes about a an hour to turn over 16 machines. Sometimes I need to turn over 50 machines in a few hours. This isn't as difficult with laptops as they don't need to be on a KVM switcher. The issue is the desktops.

My idea is to have some type of machine with 10 hard drive slots easily accessable that i can load full of 10 drives and select an image to image at a bit level to each drive. That way I could have a stock of imaged hard drives ready to swap with the machines that are coming off of shows to go right back out the same day.

Is there such a thing made that do this?

Thank you so much for you're time in reading this lengthy post.

A:Hard drive Cloning

I understand what you're trying to do. Basically, you want to image the new hard drives without all the time consumig setup.

I think the solution is using an eSATA drive with an external connector or maybe connect to the internal SATA bus. This allow an ultra fast imaging of the new drives. This way you can image the drives quickly and then physically install them in the chassis.

Just an idea. Tell us if this can work.

-- Andy

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I have an old copy of Ghost version 9 (recovers & backs-up in DOS). Seems to work fine - but there has been problems with images being corrupt, and other suggestions on FAST Cloning software. Not from reviews, but from actual use. What works? I'm testing Nero and I'm backing up 400GB of data and it's take about 12 hours. Not bad I guess... but is there anything better?

A:Hard Drive Cloning?

Acronis True Image

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I want to clone my current 40 GB drive to a newer, larger one. Norton will do it (I hope), but the options don't seem to include cloning the C Drive and have the copy automatically designated as C.

I'm comfortable enough with adding drives, etc, but this is scary. I could lose everything if I do it wrong.

Truthfully, I'm not even sure this can be done (in spite of what the software manufacturers say). Starting fresh might be the easy way, but some of the programs I'm using are no longer available and I don't want to lose them.

A:Cloning hard drive

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Not exactly sure where to post this, so here goes...

I have attempted to clone my older 40gb drive to my new 500gb drive with no success thus far.. I first tried Gparted, after it said it was successful, I removed my old drive, and re-booted to only see a blank screen with a flashing cursor, nothing else..

I was told about Clonezilla, and I couldn't get the .iso to work, so I came across HDclone,and Liked the interface, but after leaving it running all night, it always stopped around 93%, after like 3 tries...

I am desperate for help.. I just want something to make a decent clone of my drive where it actually works and boots like the old one... Any tips/help is greatly appreciated...

A:hard drive cloning..

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Hi everyoneJust about to order a 1tb WD hdd and usb caddy and use WD 's free Acronis True Image WD Edition Software to clone my main drive on my work Pc which is around 6 years old...A couple Qs i have are :1 1tb new drive to back up 300 gb of used disk on a 640gb , ok?2 How long to copy.3 How long to update (subsequent copies of same disk)
4 If Pc completely redlined would clone copy work in new pc?
Cheers Kev 

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As far as I can see from your writings - you're good to go!  How long for cloning or image restore or copying folders/files -- don't know.
Addendum:  I was wrong about being good to go.  A later poster is very accurate, follow that advice.

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So, I'm planning to upgrade a laptop HDD and seeing as I've never done this kind of thing before, maybe you bright knowledgable techies could help me out. I'm planning to use three things for the procedure.


2. Western Digital Scorpio WD1200BEVE 120GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache ATA-6 Notebook Hard Drive - OEM

3. Acronis True Image 11 Build 8053 Home

I simply make the laptop HDD into an external and then use Arcronis to clone my boot drive, do a transplant and boot from the new clone. This should work, at least in my mind. Will it? Better ways, easier ways?

Are there any priliminary things I should consider to save time and frustration? Oh, and I've been "reliably" informed that ATA-100 falls under the umbrella of ATA-6, this is true yes? The HDD that came with the laptop is ATA-100 and everything listed in Newegg is ATA-6, that's why I ask.

Are there better tools, other than the ones I listed to this job? Note, I haven't bought anything yet.


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Hi. I'm new to the forum and tried reading through the posts to see someone with my question but no luck. I have a Toshiba qosmio 18.4" laptop which has a 500 gb hard drive and a secondary drive that has a 1tb hard drive. I am planning on swapping out the 500gb for a 1 tb so my laptop will be 2 tb. In order to do this, I guess I'll have to clone my 500gb to put onto my new 1 tb. The hard drives for both are toshiba hard drives and fits the specs for the laptop. Will I have an exact copy of the 500gb or will have some problems with some of the softwwares I downloaded onto the 500gb? Please advise. Thanks.

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After years I finally have an extrenal hard drive and "Acronis True Image Home 2011" Ready to back up my complete system. I want to make sure the system is clean and in tip top shape (every thing seems all right). Should I defrag/along with cleaning up temp. files? Run scans with system restore off and or safe mode? What else?

Thank you very much and have a good one!

A:What to do before cloning hard drive

Sure - whatever you like. All you're doing is creating a backup to which you can return if needed. You should create images frequently and ALWAYS verify the image during creation (you can make that a default setting in options). Save the 2 or 3 most recent images and delete the older ones. This insures that you always have a fallback position in the unlikely event one of the images is corrupt (it happens, but VERY rarely if you verify).

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WinXP Home
I have a new USB External hard drive that I am trying to clone from my original internal drive. I intend then to exchange the two drives to make the new one the boot drive. I don't have room to make them both internal. I am using TransXP from ITS Systems for the transfer. I have been successful in this process (computer will run from either hard drive when it is installed internal). My problem is when I partition the new drive to 60GB and format it before the transfer, after the transfer the partition has changed to 10GB, which is the size of the old drive. My reason for getting the new drive is to increase the size, so I am getting nowhere. Am I messing up (probably) or is just the nature of the beast? By the way, I certainly admire and envy all of you geniuses out there who help the rest of us not so smarts

A:Help in cloning my hard drive

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i got a notebook and i bought a new hd for it ... so the computer wont recognize the hd ,so i got the usb, ide adapter to connect hds and all of that, to my usb port... so i wanted to clone my desktop hd to my notebook hd.. to see if the notebook reads it.. can i do that or any other ideas, in how to make the notebook recognize the empty hd.. ? i cant access the bios of the notebook .. because it has a password..

A:i need help cloning a hard drive..

when i try turning on the computer , the bios gets shadowed ...what does that mean?

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I have a k8n neo4 mb that I only had a 80 gb hd in. I got a new seagate sata 1 tb hd and installed it and used their disk program to clone the old IDE HD to the new one. It seemed to work ok, but I removed the old drive and want to use the new one only. Now the computer won't turn off unless I turn off the power supply switch to turn it off. It won't re-start either. When trying to re-start it the monitor goes off and doesn't come back on, and the computer remains on & must be turned off the same way as above stated. Is there anything I can do to correct this, or do I just need to re-install windows and all the programs?

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Hey there everyone,

I have recently upgraded my computer from an old 462 motherboard and athlon xp 3200 to a Foxconn M6VMX and an AMD Athlon 64 x2 5600. Unfortunatly my old 120GB IDE hard drive can't keep up. I have ordered a 500GB Western Digital Caviar Black and I am awaiting it's arival. I am wondering how would I go about cloning my origional hard drive and is it possible to get a good free program to do it?

Thanks, Jack-O-Bytes

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I need to clone a hard drive to make an operating double of it.

The system is Win2000 set up with drawers / trays for the hard drives so I can move things around pretty easy.

I want to clone the existing Win2000 Drive C which is an 80G drive, 2.93G of it is used (NTFS) to another spare hard drive as an exact duplicate, other drive is 40G (NTFS) with nothing on it.

The reason for doing this is so, I can make one of the drives for only using on certain tasks where I am paranoid about security. Like banking, things to do with money. It will get maximum attention, checking to always be completely free of any trojans, nasty stuff, only used for things involving where money is being transferred. This drive will only be used on a few sites. The other drive will be used for general surfing. They both will use the same computer / hardware, the tray will be swapped out to change the Drive C as required.

I was looking to use Clone Maxx to do this. I downloaded both the .ISO version and the installation version. Exactly what is the difference? I understand how to make a bootable CD with the .ISO version. Is that the way to go?

Can it put the existing drive system on the new drive which is smaller, the new drive is smaller than the original. Do I have to partition or whatever to make the original drive size equal or less? Am a rookie to all of this. Don't want to mess it up.

Exactly what steps do I have to follow?

I can easily get both hard drives in the same computer. If I un... Read more

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I want to install new SSD hard drive and do not know how to clone my old IDE disk in to new SSD so that all my programs and operating system will be copied and I do not have to install any software again.

Can you suggest software to clone my existing disk

I have dell computer with following:
Microsoft Wndows xp
home edition
Verson 2002
Pentium 4 cpu 3.00Ghz
2.99 Ghz, 2.00GB of Ram
Hard drive 149 GB
Use 35.00GB
Free 149 GB

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Can drive image software clone a hard drive for use in a new pc? Would the image of winxp work in the new pc since the hardware was different? If not then wouldn't winxp have to be reinstalled from its cd? If that was the case then wouldn't all other programs have to be reinstalled from their cd's since their image wouldn't be referenced in the new install of windows?

A:cloning hard drive to new pc

Yes in all cases, basically

An image would contain all the (wrong) drivers for the motherboard chipset, graphics etc, unless both motherboards are identical. Booting would be doubtful.

Even then XP would throw a fit and require re-activation (so you could not use a copy that was already installed)

You could try it, then doing a Repair to see if it would pick up the right drivers, but its likely to be unreliable in operation, assuming you have a valid CD key that you could change it to in order to activate.

Remember that an OEM copy of Windows is locked for life to the original hardware by the license, if not by the activation.

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I want to clone a hard drive with a capacity of 320GB on to a SSD with a capacity of 240GB. However, only 200GB of the 320GB are taken up. The software that I am using tells me that I cannot do it because the source hard drive is larger than the target. What can I do?

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I have a new PC, and just upgraded to WD10..it's COOL!
The hard drive only has 300GB..but my old PC, has WD7 has 1TB.
Can I or how can I clone the smaller HDD (WD 10) to larger HDD (that already have WD 7)?

What would happen? Would the larger HHD now to operating with WD 10 ?

Goal after cloning: have larger HHD drive WD 10 and keep all existing programs as well

What is Tech Support guy best and easy suggestion?

Thanks in advance.

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My main aim at the moment is to clone the operating system of a second laptop that has Windows XP on it.

I have two Acer Travelmate laptops and are looking at a way to clone the hard drive by connecting an external usb hard drive the the computers usb port.
The oldest laptop has Windows 98.
The other computer has Windows Visa.
I would also like to backup another Acer laptop that has Windows XP which belongs to a member of the family.
My main concern is that if the hard drive died or the computer got a bad virus then I would have to reinstall the operating system and in some cases a copy of the operating system is stored on a hidden part of the hard drive but this is of no use if the hard drive died.

What is the best way to clone the hard drive of a laptop. Is there software that comes with Windows 98, Windows XP and Windows Vista that will do this or is there some other software you can recommend. I would need a way of booting up the computer if the hard drive was replaced so that I can load the cloned software that was backed up on an external hard drive.

Regards Brian.

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please stick with your first thread this one is now closed.

Cloning the hard drive of a laptop

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