Clone 500GB External HDD to another HDD

October 16, 2011 at 17:22:38
Specs: Windows XP
I have a Toshiba 500G external usb hdd with two massive commercial programs on it that I need to copy to an indentical Toshiba, so that I can have a copy at home, and a copy at the shop. The root software installs on the PC, and then accesses the HDD for data. Total hdd usage is something over 400G. There is no boot up or OS on the hdd.

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#1
October 16, 2011 at 23:53:04
First things first. You need to check that your licence allows you to use these programs on more than one computer. If that is so then you can proceed.

You cannot just copy programs from one computer to another and expect them to work. You need to use your original installation disks to install these programs on the other computer.


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#2
October 17, 2011 at 05:49:52
Yes, I am authorized...and yes, as mentioned in my post, I have the install CD's. The post is to learn the best way to copy the complete usb hdd to another identical usb hdd.

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#3
October 17, 2011 at 13:50:14
G4U may work or clonezilla or partmagic or dd under live linux. For that matter why can't you just cut and paste or such in windows?

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#4
October 17, 2011 at 14:03:25
xcopy or robocopy are the easiest ways to copy a complete file structure to another disk. But, as I said in my previous post, any programs installed on the disk will almost certainly not work on the new computer without re-installation.

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#5
October 17, 2011 at 15:30:09
Thanks, Jeffro and Ijack. I will look in to these. As I said in the original post, the programs are installed via CD on the PC's, and the external usb hdd's contain the data. The data on the two programs combined is around 420Gigs.

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