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Easiest way to copy old HD to new HD?

Hi,

I think my primary HD is going bad. I'd like to copy it to a new HD then swap them out.

I'm thinking the easiest/cheapest way to do that is just do a DOS copy (with appropriate /settings for hidden files, etc.)

Anyone see a problem with that, or an easier way to do it?

The real Entrepreneur
Friday, February 06, 2004

Ghost.

By the way, do you mind if from now on I refer to you as "The bizditchle"?

.
Friday, February 06, 2004

http://groups.google.com/groups?q=duplicate+hard+drive

www.MarkTAW.com
Friday, February 06, 2004

If you're strapped for cash, I've used a Maxtor utility (EasyClone?  Think it had "clone" in the name).  It worked on non-Maxtor disks, as that was what I was doing.  It was great; it did everything you'd want--copy everything over, don't keep the same partition size if the new disk is bigger, etc.

Rich
Friday, February 06, 2004

Maxblast?

Nigel
Friday, February 06, 2004

Just answered my own question:

Someone suggested Acronis True Image (seems like a better alternative to Ghost).  I was planning to get that anyway for backups. It also includes a disk cloner ala Ghost.

http://www.acronis.com/products/trueimage/

The real Entrepreneur
Friday, February 06, 2004

Many new hard drives come with basic utilities that will clone your old drive.  You might not have to buy a third-party utility.  E.g.,

http://www.maxtor.com/en/support/downloads/maxblast3.htm

Robert Jacobson
Friday, February 06, 2004

I used to do it by hand with xcopy, but it won't copy some locked files, and you have to do the partioning and boot things yourself. Ghost is way more convinient.

Matthew Lock
Friday, February 06, 2004

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=howto+hard+disk+upgrade&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&meta=


Friday, February 06, 2004

For personal use both Arconis and Ghost do well; also there is Drive Image.

Stephen Jones
Friday, February 06, 2004

Ah!  Must have been MaxBlast!  What Robert said...

Rich
Saturday, February 07, 2004

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