How to copy an entire HD to another

Wd Elements desktop hard drive - 2tb - u...
January 8, 2011 at 13:03:58
Specs: Windows XP, 1984
i want to copy all files from one hd to another larger hd. how do i do it?

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#1
January 8, 2011 at 13:24:13
Do you just want to copy files, or do you want to copy the entire contents of the drive, OS & everything else & make the new HDD bootable? For that you need cloning software. Did you get a CD with the new drive? Use it - that's what it's for. If you didn't get one, go to the HDD manufacturer's website & download a copy.

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#2
January 8, 2011 at 14:51:32
Hard drive manufacturer's web sites have a free program, that you can use if any of the drives on your computer are their own brand of hard drive, that will copy the entire drive contents to another hard drive. E.g. Seagate has MaxBlast and another one, if you have a Seagate or Maxtor hard drive - the current version of MaxBlast is a crippled version of Acronis software (you can copy the entire drive contents but not individual partitions). Western Digital has a similar program that is a similar crippled version of Acronis software.
The two Seagate has must be installed in an operating system, but after you have installed them they both can make a bootable CD that can do the same things. Similar may apply to the Western Digital one.
If the drive you copied has a bootable partition, the same partition on the drive you copied it to will be bootable, when you swap it's data cable connection to that of the original one, or when you change the Boot Order or similar settings in the bios.

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#3
January 8, 2011 at 16:13:11
just want to copy all the files ,no os. both of the hd's are external. one maxtor, the other larger is wd elements desktop. neither came with a cd? Thank you for answering!

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#4
January 8, 2011 at 16:53:46
The CD is for partitioning, formatting & cloning. You didn't explain what you wnated to do so I just took a stab at it.

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#5
January 8, 2011 at 16:54:09
Then why not just copy the stuff you want from one to the other?

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#6
January 8, 2011 at 16:59:49
thank you both for your answers.i will see if i can do this right.

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