Transfer data and OS to a new HDD.

February 10, 2009 at 17:52:56
Specs: Windows Vista, 6550/4g
I recently bought a new Western Digital harddrive. I want to copy all my data, programs and Vista to the WD harddrive from my old Seagate hardrive. I want to use the WD harddrive as my main HDD, and the Seagate i will just format and use for storage. Is this possible? I know i could just copy and paste all the data, but are there any third party programs that will do this more safely. I remember WD had a program call Data Lifeguard that would do this, but that was way back in the Win 98 days. I cant seem to find a newer version of this program.

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February 11, 2009 at 13:28:57
While copying data would work, copying Vista and programs will not. So you really have no choice other then use a third party program.
Acronis True Image is the best in my opinion for this purpose, but it costs $50US and worth every cent of it.
It will transfer the contents of your drive to the new drive and making it ready to use. It can even clear the old drive during the process.
While you are looking at just a transfer now, consider that you can also use Acronis to make an image of your drive and or partition on a regular basis for backup.
So should you have a major problem you can restore in minutes.
This program works in Windows, only reboots to a dos type screen when restoring a drive or partition. All backups done in Windows.
It can be used for file, folder mail and settings backup as well.
Backup can done at a predetermined time automaticly.

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