Transfering ALL files to new HD

January 19, 2009 at 22:05:17
Specs: Windows Vista, AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+/ 4Gb Corsair
I received a 1Tb Hitachi Deskstar as a gift and I'm curious as to whether or not I can put all files, including my OS, on my new hard drive without having to actually reinstall my OS or buy an expensive software. I've tried such programs as XXClone, but had no luck because it didn't successfully transfer the OS. Any help would be much appreciated.

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January 19, 2009 at 23:47:00
I haven't tried, but I wouldn't think you could. It'd prolbey be easier to reinstall the OS onto the new drive and just transfer the files themselves.


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January 20, 2009 at 04:52:14
Wasn't there any cloning software included with the drive?

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown

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January 20, 2009 at 05:18:58
Almost all HDDs come with software that can be used for cloning. If you didn't get a disc, simply go to the Hitachi website, find the software, download & burn to CD.

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January 20, 2009 at 05:19:16
All hard drive manufacturers have FREE software to migrate to a newer, bigger drive.

Problems can arise is you are migrating from an IDE drive to a SATA or if the BIOS is NOT 48 bit LBA compliant and you migrate to a drive larger than 127GB.

Otherwise these programs usually work. Sometimes there can be problems if one or both of the drives have multiple partitions.

If the drives are of different brands the software from either brand SHOULD work. I would recommend using the software from the new drive manfacturer.

If going from IDE to SATA you may get by if you install the SATA controllers BEFORE cloning.

One other issue can be motherboards that only support SATA I drives if you install a SATA II drive.

You may need to throttle the drive speed by means of a jumper on the drive. Not all SATA II drives have such a jumper though.

Why not leave the old drive in place and just add the second drive for storage and programs?

I have machines running with 3 hard drives installed.

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