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Cloning Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by J Parker, May 5, 2009.

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  1. J Parker

    J Parker Thread Starter

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    I Have a Dell Dimension 4000 with 2 hard drives, one small,and one big, the current operating system is Windows XP SP3 is there any way that i can completely swap hard drives over from the small one onto the big one without having to re-install Windows XP or losing any of my data?

    Any Help would be Appreciated.
     
  2. Elvandil

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    Many people here have used the free version of XXClone. But there are many other options. So long as you make no changes to the original drive until you are sure the clone works, you don't have to worry about mistakes because you can try again.

    Please take the time to read the directions. This is a serious operation unless you don't mind starting all over from scratch.

    And, as always, all your files should be freshly backed up. Hard drives fail all the time and suddenly. It is just a matter of time. And any process that operates on drives can have errors that leave you with that empty feeling. The risk, of course, is yours to evaluate and assume. Just don't claim that no one warned you. :D

    But never go by drive letters to identify drives. Letters change. Use size and/or position to be sure you are operating on the right partitions.

    Free Drive Cloners/Imagers:

    Farstone Driveclone Express
    Macrium Reflect
    Paragon Drive Backup Express
    G4U - Ghost For Unix (Platform-independent, floppy or CD)
    Clonezilla (Bare-metal restoration from image)
    Partimage
    Dubaron Diskimage
    SystemRescueCD
    EaseUs Disk Copy (Copies disks or partitions)
    XXClone
    CloneZilla GParted LiveCD (Complete partitioning and drive imaging/restoration tools)
    Drive Image XML
    Partition Saving
    PCI CloneMaxx
    HDClone
    DriveClonerXP
    Self-Image
    copyr.dma (Copies disk with bad sectors for recovery)
    DiscWizard (For Seagate or Maxtor drives - contains reduced version of Acronis)

    Commercial Apps:

    Paragon Drive Backup
    Easy Image
    [email protected] Disk Image
    O&O DiskImage
    Acronis True Image Home
    Farstone Drive Clone (Drive image, snapshots, file/folder backups.)
    EAZ-FIX Professional and Easy Image
    Drive Snapshot
    ShadowProtect (Also online backups.)
    Keriver Image
    Avanquest Copy Commander
    Paragon Drive Backup
    NovaBackup
    R-Drive Image
    Norton Ghost
    HDClone Pro or Enterprise
    Terabyte Image for Windows
    Terabyte Image for DOS (can directly access FAT, FAT32, and NTFS partitions)
    Spotmau Disk Clone & Backup
     
  3. parasolution

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    If one of the drives is a Maxtor or Seagate you can use MaxBlast 5. You can download it for free from the Seagate website. It's essentially a basic version of Acronis True Image.

    It's very easy to use.
     
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