Can a disk of a smaller size be "cloned" to a disk of a larger size?

By hds3onlineaccts ·
I am upgrading from a 120Gb ATA HD to a 2T WD Caviar Black SATA. The problem is that I have just finished reformatting and reinstalling the majority of my software on the 120Gb disk. Is there any way to avoid having to do this all over again on the 2T disk?

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Usually yes

by IC-IT In reply to Can a disk of a smaller s ...

You should be able to use the manufacturers disk to accomplish this. If you did not receive a disk; go to their website and download it.

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Several other suggested programs to do this

by dldorrance In reply to Can a disk of a smaller s ...

You should install both drives in the same computer, carefully noting which is which. Then download the ISO image of which ever cloning program you use, and burn it to a bootable CD (aka Live CD) and boot from the CD.

One program is Acronis True Image, a free download

Another is GParted. This is a Linux program so it uses Linux designations of drives.

In either case it is essential that you know which drive is which.

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Well in answer to your question Yes it can be cloned to the new size but

by OH Smeg In reply to Can a disk of a smaller s ...

Depending on the M'Board in use here you may have a problem as the IDE Drive will not have the necessary drivers to allow the system to Boot from a SATA Drive.

You may be required to do a Repair Install of the OS to include the necessary SATA Driver.

Also if you fit another IDE Drive or format the existing one because it is the Hardware Allocated Boot Drive the Necessary Files to point the system to the Boot Files will no longer be present. However if you completely remove the drive and the M'Board supports SATA as a Native Drive type it will work fine.

This all depends on the Make & Model of the M'Board though.

In addition to the above suggestions Clonezilla is also available and it's also free.


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