clone 2 drives

Nvidia / Awrdacpi
June 5, 2009 at 14:24:36
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 1.837 GHz / 2047 MB
I have two 80 gig hdd set up as dynamic ( 0,1) C: is 20 gigs and my boot partition. D: is 129 gigs and used for data. disk 0 has failed s.m.a.r.t. and will fail soon. I want to clone or copy them to a 200 gig drive. can this be done or should I just clone drive 0 to another 80 gig that I have. thanx

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June 5, 2009 at 14:28:50
You need another computer but this is the way I do it is to take out your existing hard drive and put the new one in. Install windows on it. Then take both hard drives out and put them into another computer. I use Westerndigital Diagnostics to transfer data from one drive to another because it has a feature that if a file is not transferable then it just skips it (thereby not stpooing your entire data transfer). After its done put it back in the computer and go. For multiple partitions, make sure that the partitions are setup before the transfer. Then transfer the old C to the new C and the old D to the new D. It has always worked for me. Good Luck.

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June 5, 2009 at 14:48:14
You don't need another computer as long as you have a place to connect the new drive.

Does the dynamic disk show as one drive letter or two?

I agree that a utility from the manufacturer can do what computergroove describes. You need to get the correct utility though. Most makers will allow you to use their utility as long as one of the drives is their brand. Either the source or target. As I stated you can clone partitions without removing the drives. You boot to the utility and it can clone that way.

Using multiple partitions is actually preferable IMO. I recommend at least three partitions.

One for the OS and a few key programs. Second for the bulk of your programs and the third for your personal files.

One thing you need to be concerned about is 48 bit LBA compliance. That refers to the ability of the BIOS to work with hard drives larger than 127GB. If you BIOS can't do that then don't use the drive while directly connected to the motherboard.

In that case you would need to get an add in controller card.

If you already have the 200GB drive connect it up and boot. Watch the POST screens at startup to verify the drive is identified by both the model and FULL capacity.

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