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How do i clone a hard drive?

By ***Lou*** ·
I have a pc whose hard drive is about give up. I want to clone the old hard drive and put this image onto the new one.
I also need to know what the steps are to install the new one.

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by Toivo Talikka In reply to How do i clone a hard dri ...

Some recommend just cloning the hard drive by using e.g. Norton Ghost 8.0 for a disk-to-disk copy to the new drive and then doing an in-place install of Windows XP, including authentication.

Change the jumpers on the hard drives to 'cable select' for speed rather than use master and slave. Connect both drives to the IDE cables, old drive to IDE1 and the new drive to IDE2. Boot Ghost from floppy and select to copy Disk1 (IDE1) to Disk2 (IDE2). I find it easier to copy from 1 to 2 but whichever way you do it, make sure you check the disk sizes before overwriting your old drive.

If you are installing the new hard drive to a totally new PC, you will need to do an in-place install and then install the motherboard (chipset) drivers.

If you are just upgrading the hard drive, not the whole box, I'd just run install and run Sysprep on the old drive, after first making sure I have the Product Key for authentication from the Retail or OEM 'Proof of License Certificate of Authenticity'.

Sysprep can be found on the Windows XP SP2 installation CD in \Support\Tools\Deploy.cab. You can also download it from Microsoft as part of 'Windows XP Service Pack 2 Deployment Tools'.

Expand the .cab file to a folder and run sysprep.exe. A warning will pop up, click OK. Click 'Reseal' to prepare the computer, after which it will shut down.

After you boot from new hard drive, Windows will go through some of the setup steps, including the authentication process where you need the original Product Key.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to How do i clone a hard dri ...

In addition to the above it will also be necessary to reactivate any other MS products installed on the HDD.

Provided you are not changing or have changed 3 items there should be no problems and you can reactivate the MS products over the Internet with out a problem but if you are changing or adding more hardware you'll need to make the Phone Call and ask for new activation Keys.

When using Norton's Ghost the target drive needs to be empty and unformatted or you will get an error message and you'll have to go through a few more steps but that is the fastest and easiest way that is currently available.

There was a product called Disk Clone but that only worked with small HDD's and wouldn't allow massive changes in Drive sizes and I'm not sure if it works with NTFS partitions as I have not used the product in a very long time.

If you do not have a Floppy Drive in the system you'll need to install Ghost from a CD and then proceed to Clone the HDD's over in the Windows Environment which will require a reboot but some find it easier to do that way. As you do the obvious things in Windows and then the computer reboots and clones the drive as you have instructed it to.

If you need any more advice just ask.

Cheers

Col

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by f-178765 In reply to How do i clone a hard dri ...

There are a couple of different ways to do this. One is Norton's disk image. It is not a true backup, but will accomplish what you want to do.
CompuUSA and Fry's Electronics have been offering these with significant discounts and rebates.

Another one is Cobian Backup. Cobian Backup is a free program and can be downloaded from www.snapfiles.com Although the program works, I should warn you that the compression function is dysfunctional in this program. It is not a true clone and really more of an actual backup program. In any even it is free.

Perhaps the best backup is one using one of the software products made by Hewlitt Packard. The reason I think this is the best is because the software has a integrity checker. It actually goes back and checks that all of the data transfered after it has been backed up. The net result is that you have a more reliable backup. This software was designed for the removal tape drives. The tape drives are quite expensive, but you should be able to get the software for a fair price. It is one of the most reliable ways to back up data. Most people get by with a drive image or backup drive.

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by oliver_ricken In reply to How do i clone a hard dri ...

HI,
Go to http://www.miray.de/download/sat.hdclone.html and download the hd clone utility it is for free very easy to use. Connect the old drive on master and new to salve on the first channel. With th utility u download u can make a bootable floppy boot up and it will display ur two hard drives source and destination. Source is ur original drive.

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by oliver_ricken In reply to How do i clone a hard dri ...

HI,
Go to http://www.miray.de/download/sat.hdclone.html and download the hd clone utility it is for free very easy to use. Connect the old drive on master and new to salve on the first channel. With th utility u download u can make a bootable floppy boot up and it will display ur two hard drives source and destination. Source is ur original drive.

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by wlbowers In reply to How do i clone a hard dri ...

Partition Magic 8
Drive Image
Ghost
Software that usually comes with major retail drives.

And about a dozen wantabes that I would stay away from.

I like Partition Magic 8:

Install the new drive as a slave.

Boot the machine and start PM8.

Delete any partition that might be on the new drive. If there are no partitions skip this.

Apply Changes.

Drag the image of the partition on the old drive to the new drive.

Apply Changes.

Shut down.

Remove all hard drives and install the new drive as the master. It must be the only hard drive in the system.

Install a windows 98 boot floopy and boot to it.

At the a: prompt, type

fdisk /mbr

and press enter.

The reason for this is that windows 2000 and XP must know that this is the primary disk. It helps for win98 also.

Now if there is any problem booting with win2k and xp you will have to do an inplace upgrade.

Follow the instructions here:

OS Inplace Upgrade

2k Q292175
http://tinyurl.com/5za4v

XP Q315341
http://tinyurl.com/2zgk

Good Luck

Lee

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by Mictlantecuttli In reply to How do i clone a hard dri ...

I highly recommend using a product called Migrate
Easy from Acronis. You can find it here:
http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/migrateeasy/

It automatically resizes your partitions and recreates
the boot.ini file. Leaves Ghost standing.

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You can clone it easily

by JohnnyBoyClub In reply to How do i clone a hard dri ...

The main thing you need is a good software , a good free one is http://www.dmailer.com/dmailer-backup.html , and you will also be able to store some files online on their servers up to 3gb for free members. So even if you backup or clone the hdd it allmost the same thing, you could test something to see how it manifest and after that to try backup your all hdd.

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