Cloning laptop drive to a new drive problems

By dell_4b ·
I have a Compaq Presario F572US laptop and it is only a month old. I always basically wipe the drive since I prefer smaller C partitions and they never come that was brand new. I was trying to clone the Hitachi 80gb laptop HDD to an external 3.5 HDD so I can then copy that back to the new laptop Seagate 160gb HDD. Using Maxblast 5 booting from the CD, I get 33% done and it freezes. When I use Diskwizard/sea tools, it doesn't start copying as it freezes well before the copy process.

I am able to see both drives. I noticed when I started copying the drive during the 33% phase before it locked up it was copying VERYYYYY slowly.

I did purchase a 2.5" SATA enclosure I should be receiving on Thursday (Nexstar) so maybe it will work better than the intermediate step I am trying now by copying contents to the 3.5" Nextar-3 I am using now. Any thoughts? thanks.

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