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cloning a hard drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jps, Sep 10, 2001.

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  1. jps

    jps Thread Starter

    Dec 28, 1999
    If I get a new computer, with a larger hard drive than my present one, how do I transfer all of the contents of the old drive to the new one so that I retain all of my programs, information settings etc?
  2. Paul Nagel

    Paul Nagel

    Sep 19, 1999
    That depends on hardware installed/available and your skill level. Programs will need to be reinstalled as they cannot simply be copied. They need to have registry entries and paths to files setup. Personal information can be transfered by either copying to a cd(need burner on old computer) or via a zip drive. You can network the 2 computers. The method if no cd or zip is available is to temporarlly move the old hard drive to the new computer and drag and drop the information. It is a fairly easy thing if you have done any work inside a computer. When you decide which method to use, post back and we can offer specific info on how to transfer e-mail, messages and addresses.
  3. Lurker1


    Jan 30, 2001
    Hi jps
    Many new hard drives come with a floppy disk that has a program for copying the entire contents of your old drive to the new one. There should be a readme file on the floppy telling how to use the program. If you did not recieve the floppy check the drive's manufacturers web site for a program.
  4. Rockn


    Jul 29, 2001
    Get some kind of cloning software like Ghost. Since that is the only one I have ever used I can only comment on that one. It is very easy and will transfer the entire contents, file system, partion info, whatever u want. You will NOT have to reinstall your programs as they will be cloned as well.
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