Replacing Hard Drive?

By CopperCowboy · 4 replies
Jan 16, 2007
  1. I have 2 20GB Hard Drives in my Computer, I want to transfer data, or copy in entirity, the 2nd hard drive to an external HD. Then I want to replace the drive and then copy the data Back to the new drive. Do I need any special programs or is there a trick to it?
  2. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415

    If the 2nd HD just has data on it and not an OS then its easy to do, just buy an external HD caddy with a drive big enough in it, most have a USB connector, plug it in and use explorer to copy the files to the new drive.

    If however the 2nd HD has an operating system on it, then you will need to use a program such as Norton Ghost or Arcronis True Image to copy the drive, this is easier to do if the drive is connected to an IDE cable rather than on an external drive as it can take an age to copy an entire 20GB drive across USB.

    Most external drive caddy's take the small 2.5" laptop drive as you plan to put the copied drive back in you will need to get an external cage for a 3.5" drive, these require a seperate power supply.

    But I would do away with the external drive Idea and just fit the new 3.5" drive into the PC, you can connect it to the CDRom IDE cable as a temp measure whilst you copy the data over.

    DOnt forget that once you remove the old drive make sure the jumpers are set correctly.

    I think that covers it...

  3. Ligito

    Ligito TS Rookie

    Change the jumper on the new drive to act as the second drive.
    Connect it and format it. Initialize it6 then use drive cloning software such as Norton Ghost to clone the old drive to the new one.

    change the jumper on the new one and swap it out with the old one.

    Something close to that, anyway.
  4. CopperCowboy

    CopperCowboy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Thanks Guys, I really appreciate the info. I have not purchased the drives yet, but will in the next few weeks. By the way there is an OS on it, so I will transfer with IDE cable and just remove the old one.
  5. Char_X

    Char_X TS Rookie Posts: 170

    If you don’t want to reinstall OS you can use Acronis True Image for that. It has a feature called PC Cloning. It will allow you to replace your HD without the need to reinstall the operating system and applications, or configure user settings.
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