can i clone a hard drive

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January 6, 2011 at 00:05:05
Specs: Windows 7
My pc's hard drive is full. How do i replace it with a larger capacity hard drive without having to use the operating windows XP system?

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January 6, 2011 at 01:45:29
Grab a copy of Clonezilla Live.

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January 6, 2011 at 04:38:38
Why not install a second hard drive and transfer some of your data to it to free up space on the original drive. You could also consider an external drive for storage. You didn't say what size your current drive is.

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January 6, 2011 at 06:17:39
If you have filled up a 1TB drive you may be saving too much crap. That said, your bigger issue may be losing all that data when the 1TB drive fails. Do you have any backups?

Have you tried cleaning out temp files, etc? I suggest you try using Ccleaner Slim. Get it at the link below.

To answer your original question you can use a utility designed for that purpose. Most hard drive manufacturers have a free utility to clone everything to a second installed hard drive. At least one of the drives must be made by whatever brand utility you are using.

A 1TB drive is new enough that there would be no performance advantage in cloning to another drive. As suggested above you can just add a second drive and use it for additional storage. No operating system is required on the second or subsequent hard drive/s.

After you install a second drive, move some files of the original the maintain more than 15% free space. 25% is better.

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