Copy Vista boot drive to another?

October 10, 2007 at 08:57:58
Specs: Vista, na
Hi all... I haven't done this before so just wondering if there are any tips or suggestions.

I installed Vista and it's running fine... but I've noticed that my hard drive has started some new noises and I'm fearing it will crash soon. I already have my replacment hard drive so what I need to know is how to do it.

I want to duplicate my Vista x64 install to the new drive so that I can swap them and have the PC think nothing has happened.

It's a Vista 64bit isnstall... I'll be transferring from a 320GB SATA-II drive to a 400GB SATA-II drive... both are Seagates.

If it was a simply copy I don't think I'd have any problems... but since this is my boot drive I of course need to ensure it's a true duplication so once it's done I can simply shut down my PC swap the drives and boot up again like nothing happened.


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October 10, 2007 at 09:28:20
the easiest and cheapest way?

create yourself a BartPE disk and integrate the DriveImage XML plugin.

both programs are free ... good luck.

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October 10, 2007 at 10:14:22
thanks I'll check those out...

I've downloaded both... is there a faq or readme on how to integrate with XML plugin??

Also... everything I was reading about BartPE was talking about WinXP... will this work with a Vista 64-bit install?

Lastly... is there something that would be a little easier but that I'd have to purchase? I remember using Norton Ghost a long time ago, is that still worth it?, or is it not good anymore?

Thanks again,

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October 10, 2007 at 12:02:43
well, BartPE needs the windows XP installation files to create a bootable XP Live CD, this has nothing to do with the OS on your hard drive.

the instructions for BartPE are straight forward, and the integration of the DIXML plugin is explained on the drive image XML web site ... and a video tutorial is available on youtube:

if you don't have a windows XP cd, there is a Vista PE builder, that will create bootable Vista Live CD, but i haven't come around yet, to try it.

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October 10, 2007 at 14:32:45
I use Acronis True Image 10, it's perfect for what you want and works in Vista, it's not free $50US. It can clone your drive to the new drive, make images for regular backups and also file and folder backup. It works using the Windows interface. I wouldn't be without it, worth every cent I paid for it.

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October 10, 2007 at 18:03:40
I've used Acronis True Image in the past and like it. Currently I mostly use Norton Ghost and I find that it works well. Ghost 12.0 is compatible with Vista. It's also not free, though I did manage to get it for free with rebates from

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October 10, 2007 at 23:32:41
You can also download software from Maxtor that can do the job.

I cloned all my data along with Windows XP from an older 80GB IDE drive to a new 200GB SATA drive. Worked like a charm! System ran exactly the same except I had lots more storage space. Give it a go.

MaxBlast 5, works for Seagate drives and its free:

"If you are upgrading and want to migrate your data from the old drive to the new drive we provide MaxBlast as an option."

Edit: Forgot to mention, Its a bootable CD that you run outside of windows. Easy to use though because its not text based and has a GUI.

Mattwizz3 :

Vista Home Basic
A7N8X-E Deluxe
2.2GHz Sempron
2GB DDR400
GeForce 6800Ultra

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October 29, 2007 at 18:07:30
You can download a fully functional version of Acronis True Image 11 which will work for 15 days. Make a clone of your Vista drive and transfer it to the new drive. There is no cost for the 15 day trial and it works perfectly. If you choose to keep the program, it is 49.99. If you don't, you will still have your drive changed to your new drive. Won't cost you a dime.

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