Upgrade hard drive

Gigabyte / P35c-ds3r
June 27, 2011 at 05:54:00
Specs: Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit, 3 GHz / 3582 MB
HI all,

A friend has a Dell inspiron 6400 laptop with a 60gig hard drive. She is running Windows Vista Home. The problem is that the hard drive is too small for her needs and now needs to upgrade to a bigger one.

There is a recovery partition on the drive which has a factory image on it and what i would like to do is, buy a bigger drive and use the image to restore the factory installation of windows and the applications.

i was wonder if i would just copy the entire restore partition as is to the new drive, and then go through the process or restoring the image. Sounds too easy so was wondering if there is something else i would need to do?

Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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June 27, 2011 at 06:12:15
You would have to clone the entire contents of the old HDD to the new HDD. It's fairly simple to do with a desktop machine, not so simple with a laptop because you'll need a way to temporarily connect the 2nd HDD. Here's an explanation:


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June 27, 2011 at 06:23:13
Hi mickliq,

Thanks for that, i have a magic bridge and also a hard drive dock, both USB interface so i guess in that respect i am ok. i also have a cloneing software, Casper XP, not sure if this will work in vista though but will give it a go, or buy the new version.

Thanks for the advice, i thought it wouldnt have been as easy as copying the drives content manually. Will give it a go and let you know how it goes.


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June 27, 2011 at 07:00:43
Easeus have free for personal use Cloning Software Disk Copy:


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June 27, 2011 at 08:08:07
The HDD manufacturer should have cloning software available at their website for free.

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July 4, 2011 at 00:59:12
Worked like a treat, just mirrored the drive accros to the new one and it worked almost immediately.

Thanks all for your help. :)

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