Anything like Drive to Drive available?

By macx ยท 4 replies
Feb 13, 2011
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  1. I've Searched and looked thru the Downloads section and can't find it.

    There used to be an app called Drive to Drive that allowed a complete C drive, Windows included, to be copied to another drive while Windows was running.

    I'm going to replace the drive in my laptop with a larger one and would like to transfer
    everything over as I have it currently set up, especially Windows. (XP Pro)

    I'm getting an external USB enclosure to put my existing drive in.

    If something like that isn't available, is there a way to transfer or copy Windows from
    the old drive to the new drive? I'd temporarily put the new drive in the enclosure and
    copy from the existing drive to it, then physically swap the drives.

    If that type of app no longer exists, would appreciate any tips on how I could
    do that, if it's possible (just with Windows, I can copy everything else over)

  2. Codisha

    Codisha TS Member Posts: 66

    don't quote me on it but i don't a complete image back up is possible on a running system as you would need to access important system files.

    vista and win7 introduced successful VSS

    acronis can make a image of your drive which you then can recover on another drive
  3. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 718

    That was exactly the point with Drive 2 Drive - the ability to back up a running system.

    I had it and it worked great way back on Win98.

    I've got it figured out - I'll take the existing drive out of the laptop and temporarily install it in
    the external enclosure, then copy everything from there into my desktop. Then I'll swap the
    new laptop drive temporarily into the enclosure and copy everything from the desktop into it,
    then install it in the laptop.
  4. Codisha

    Codisha TS Member Posts: 66

    did that work?
  5. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 718

    Won't know till later this week - the new HD & the enclosure haven't arrived yet.

    I'll post to this after I give it a try.

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