Convert PATA to SATA

April 29, 2010 at 20:43:07
Specs: Windows 7
Here is my problem. I have an 80 GB PATA hard drive. However the time is come for me to make a new build since my computer is getting pretty outdated. However I dont want to have to reinstall my OS, and all my programs on a new SATA drive. I have everything on my OS exactly the way I want it and it has taken a while for me to get it that way. However I want the increased speeds, and lower profile cables of a SATA hard drive. Is there a way I can copy the contents of my PATA hard drive onto a SATA hard drive exactly the way it is without having to reinstall everything?

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April 29, 2010 at 21:02:24
I think you'll have to reinstall windows and your updates and new drivers. You should be able to transfer your settings though.


I want to go like my grandfather did. Peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming at the top of my lungs like the passengers in his car.


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April 29, 2010 at 21:12:32
Correct. The hardware change will force you to re-install Windows, but you *should* be able to get away doing a repair installation. You will then have to install all the new device drivers, reinstall the service pack & redownload ALL windows updates.

Then you you can enjoy your new high speed system using a slow, outdated hard drive.

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April 30, 2010 at 07:40:17
You can use free software available from the maker of one or the other hard drive's web site to copy (clone) the whole 80gb drive to a SATA drive, and you have the option of formatting the entire destination drive's space and adjusting the size of the partition(s) on it. .
E.g. If one or the other hard drive is a Seagate or Maxtor drive, Seagate has MaxBlast, the latest version of which is a slightly crippled version of Acronis software (you can copy the entire hard drive's data contents but not individual partitions).

Western Digital has similar, also a slightly crippled version of Acronis software

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