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Copying one HD to Another

By Ragnorth
Mar 21, 2008
  1. Hi all,
    I know this is a 'simple' question but could i ask some advice before i start copying files.

    I am getting a new HD which will be used as my new boot drive and system drive.
    Is it just a case of installing the drive and copying the existing 'C' drive to the new one, with windows explorer ? or is there a program that will move all the info across ? Then removing the old 'C' drive and bios the new one as the boot drive ?

    The drives are SATA and os being Vista.

    Mnay thanks
    Rag
     
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,074   +84 Staff Member

    If you're planning on trying to totally replace your current HDD and boot off the new one as if it were the old one, you'll need to image the drive. You can't just copy everything via Windows Explorer. Now, if you just want music or something transfered from the old drive to the new one, that can be done via Windows Explorer.

    There are plenty of third party applications that will let you image one drive to another, not sure which ones are free though.
     
  3. Ragnorth

    Ragnorth TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Many thanks. Yep i plan to replace the existing with the new one.
    I will search for an imaging app, unless anyone can recommend..

    Cheers
    Rag
     
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    Bigger hard drive makers provide cloning tools for use with their drives. What make is your new hard drive?
     
  5. Ragnorth

    Ragnorth TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Its a Seagate Barracuda.
     
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,911   +167

    Go to Seagate's website and download and install DiscWizard for Windows... Use the CLONE option and follow the on-screen instructions
     
  7. Ragnorth

    Ragnorth TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Many thanks, will grab it now.
     
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