transfer contents of system drive to new hard drive

By adoktor1 ·
i was wondering if i could get help for my current problem.

i currently have two hard drives, C:, a 200GB drive which is almost full and , a 500GB drive where i store music, videos etc. i just purchased a new hard drive to replace my C: drive and i used seagate's discwizard to make an image back-up of my original C: drive so i could transfer all the contents of the old drive to the new one, including windows xp. however, when i swapped out the drives, the new drive won't boot. shouldn't the image back-up completely copy all the contents of my old C:, including the system information to boot up? how should i go about doing this? i want my new drive to retain all the contents of my old C: drive. any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks.

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Acronis True image

by sportguy In reply to transfer contents of syst ...

By far the best software that I have used for this is Acronis True Image. Does it in a matter of minutes and very user friendly.

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Does Acronis new software work with different hardware?

by Ron K. In reply to Acronis True image

Acronic Home 2010 PC Backup and Recovery states that it only works for recovery to the same hardware. Unfortunately they don't make that obvious while browsing their website. It's only after you have it that they have nag notices. <br>
Acronis Home 2010 PCB&R PLUS works with different hardware. So does the software OH Smeg mentioned below. The drawback to OH Smeg's recommended software is the cost; somewhere in the neighborhood of $365.00. AH 2010 PCB&R PLUS is roughly $30.00.

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OK I have never used Discwizard so I can not say how it should work.

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to transfer contents of syst ...

But there are better options that are free you can do as suggested above and use the Trial Version of Acronis which is a great program


Though you will have to register to use it.

However if you don't want to do that you can use Clonzilla a totally free to download utility available here


You don't want to make a Image though chose the straight Copy which maybe where you went wrong with Discwizard.


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I gave Clonezilla a try...

by adoktor1 In reply to OK I have never used Disc ...

... and it worked like a champ! thanks for all the help guys!

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Your welcome EOM

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to I gave Clonezilla a try.. ...

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