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Moving all data from one hard drive to another.

By killer_squirrel
Feb 24, 2007
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  1. OK, quick question. Can you move all data, including the OS (WinXP), from the master hard drive to the slave drive? If so, How do you go about doing this? If this belongs in a different Forum, I apologize.
  2. tweaks_sav

    tweaks_sav TS Rookie Posts: 190

    You can't just copy the hard drive in use by the OS due to files in use and file permission/restrictions.

    You can clone a disk. Which makes an exact copy, bit for bit. So say you have a 20GB HD and buy a 320GB and want to keep everything the same and not install a fresh OS, you can clone the small drive to the bigger and keep everything the same and have the extra space.
  3. killer_squirrel

    killer_squirrel TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Cool. I want to move all data from a 250gb drive to a 200gb drive, so I assume this would work. What program would you recomend to clone the drive?

    Edited by Moderator: Removed quote. There`s no need to quote the post directly above your own. ;)
  4. tweaks_sav

    tweaks_sav TS Rookie Posts: 190

    Going smaller?! Just make sure the 250GB has more than 50GB of free space so it can fit on the smaller drive.
    I've always used Acronis. It works beautifully.
    If you are looking for a free option, try http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
  5. killer_squirrel

    killer_squirrel TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks. I'm actually swapping drives with my dad. I'll check out the link you provided. Again, Thanks for all your help!

    Edited by Moderator: Removed quote. There`s no need to quote the post directly above your own. ;)
  6. Jesse_hz

    Jesse_hz TS Maniac Posts: 638

    Since you are going to a smaller size, I'm guessing that it would probably be a good idea to defragment it before cloning it.
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