Solved How do you clone a hard drive

September 26, 2013 at 03:00:14
Specs: Windows XP
Swapped an old 80gb drive for one with higher capacity, (500gb). But I want computer to look like it was without having to re-install stuff all over again. Do I need software? Which one is the best? Give as much details as you can on how you do it. Thanks.
Please say there is a way to clone the 80gb drive without having to put it back in again. It was really hard work getting it out as it's an old second hand refurbished PC, (Dell Optiplex GX520), with no easy way to get into the case or detach the hard drive. Maybe because I'm not use to it idk but would rather not have to go into it again if I don't have to so any suggestions? Thanks again.



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September 26, 2013 at 05:02:26
"HDD manufacture website have cloning software available"

Exactly right. And the software is free & easy to use. If you would have posted the the make/model of your new drive, one of us could have posted a link to the download page. For example, here's the Western Digital page:

http://support.wdc.com/product/down...

BTW, the old HDD doesn't have to be installed into the case again, it can just lay loose or can be set on a box next to the case. You just need to get it into a position where the cables will reach.

See the following for hard drive mounting instructions: Dell OptiPlex GX520 User's Guide

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September 26, 2013 at 03:10:18
Please say there is a way to clone the 80gb drive without having to put it back in again.

Sorry to disapoint you but is is going to have to go back in. How else is it going to work without power or data connections.

The easiest way to do things is to reinstall the old hard disk, boot from that, delete everything on the new hard disk and start again from scratch, Making a clone from the old hard disk the the new while that new disk is the active disk is going to cause you all kinds of difficulties, It can be done, but unless you are good at partition management it is fraught with problems.

Stuart

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September 26, 2013 at 03:19:28
Hi pinewood,

Old hard drive has to be connected to be cloned on the new hard drive.

The are various utilities that can be used to clone the hard drive, however the success cannot be guaranteed.

Please refer to the link given below as it may have some useful information for you:

http://bit.ly/184P1sN

If the cloning does not work correctly, you may have to create a partition on the new hard drive that is of the same size as the old hard drive.

Thanks & Regards
Manshu S
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September 26, 2013 at 03:55:52
HDD manufacture website have cloning software available.

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September 26, 2013 at 05:02:26
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"HDD manufacture website have cloning software available"

Exactly right. And the software is free & easy to use. If you would have posted the the make/model of your new drive, one of us could have posted a link to the download page. For example, here's the Western Digital page:

http://support.wdc.com/product/down...

BTW, the old HDD doesn't have to be installed into the case again, it can just lay loose or can be set on a box next to the case. You just need to get it into a position where the cables will reach.

See the following for hard drive mounting instructions: Dell OptiPlex GX520 User's Guide

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September 26, 2013 at 15:08:21
Thanks DellManshuS and rider!

Remembered I had one of those external cable connector things and found an old Acronis (2010 True Image) software which had cloning facility; (used it only for normal back up before). Without knowing how it does it and thinking I'd be in it for the long haul I discovered it was very easy, (just a click next, next, next thing really), and it was over in less then an hour. Now got an exact copy on the new 500gb hard drive without having to take it out or re-install anything!

Thanks guys you're all brilliant!

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September 26, 2013 at 20:11:59
We are very glad you got it sorted out and found it easy. Depending on the options you chose, the new 'drive' is either the entire drive or only an 80GB (approximate) partition on your new drive. Look in Computer or Disk Manager to see this. If the 'drive' is only showing as approx. 80GB, launch Disk Manager and expand the partition to include all of the drive's available space (unless you want to opt for a different partition plan, for more on that, simply ask).

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