Need to mirror my hard drive

February 11, 2011 at 10:25:56
Specs: Windows XP
I have been told that my hard drive has bad sectors on and and it will be replaced under warrenty. Service tech will mirror my hard drive to the new one for $300.00. Is there a way i can do this myself? I can backup the files i really need, but i would like to have everything come over and all be the same. I am running windows XP Professional.

Thank you!!

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February 11, 2011 at 10:51:53
You should get lobster and a hooker with it for that price. If you know the name of the hard drive, go to the manufacturer's website and download the software for it. They offer a cloning feature in the backup software.

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February 11, 2011 at 11:02:07
thanks for the reply. Problem is that since it's under warranty, I need to get my stuff off the hard drive, give the laptop back to them and they will install the new HD and remove the old one and send back to Toshiba.

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February 11, 2011 at 11:03:50
So are you saying i can check the hard drive i have now and download the cloning software for it and then clone it? Sorry, slow today.

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February 11, 2011 at 11:09:19
You should be maintaining backups anyway. Buy an external drive or a second internal drive and image to it. Then RMA the original drive. Or at least copy your personal files.

I agree that $300 is ridiculous.

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February 11, 2011 at 11:24:54
Thanks. i have an external HD. Just don't know how to "image" to it.

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February 11, 2011 at 12:41:43
Use the software the the manufacturer of the internal hard drive. If you don't know what manufacturer it is then download and use SIW. SIW should provide a brand and/or model number.

Do you have the restore disk for your computer? Imaging is not really necessary if you have some way to re-install the original operating system and bundled software. If you don't have it then you will need to image/ mirror.

There are also third party programs that you can use, including free ones.

Does your external drive have enough room to store everything on the internal drive?

Another option is to image to DVDR using available programs.

Check out the link below. There is a free version available there.

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February 11, 2011 at 12:58:38
Unfortunately, it's a toshiba laptop and they do not supply software for the hard drive. Paragon looks good. I'm going to try and back up everything first just in case - i have the OS disks and the software so i can use that if needed.
But i might try Paragon first.

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February 11, 2011 at 13:18:46
I suggest you just COPY all your personal files to the external. Create a folder and copy to it. Your My documents folder should contain most, if not all of your personal files.

One word of caution. If you have files larger than 4GB and your external is formatted FAT32 you may get errors. FAT32 doesn't support file sizes larger than 4GB.

Burning them to optical disks avoids that issue.

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