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Solved: Laptop Hard Drive Files Transfer

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by AsheJoe, Sep 2, 2009.

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  1. AsheJoe

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    I'd like to upgrade my Toshiba laptop's HDD from it's current 160-GB to 320-GB or larger.

    My question is.... given the nature of laptop SATA hard drives and Windows Vista, what is the easiest way for me to transfer my programs / settings / files / etc. from the 160 to the new 320 ?

    Or, do I have to go in and manually reload all of my programs and redo all of my custom settings ?

    Thanks in Advance

    Joe
     
  2. arknorth

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  3. AsheJoe

    AsheJoe Thread Starter

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    Thank You ARKNORTH for replying to my question.

    Honestly, I was hoping for a solution that wouldn't end up costing me more than the hard drive did ! (Norton Ghost = $60.00 after taxes / shipping / handling vs. $35.00 I paid for this 320-GB Hard Drive on Craigslist.)

    Are there any cheaper ways to transfer the files / programs / settings / etc. from my old 160-GB HDD to this new 320-GB HDD ??

    I see these "transfer cables" for around $30.00 would they work ? Or, are they just for transfering files from one "My Documents" directory to another ?

    Would it work if I put the 320-GB into one of those USB "enclosures" and did a DISK COPY from the 160-GB drive while it's still inside the laptop onto the 320-GB inside the portable USB enclosure ?

    Does anyone know of a way to do this ??

    Thanks again.

    Joe
     
  4. fairnooks

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    Get the 15-day free trial of Acronis True Image and clone the 160 to the 320.
     
  5. arknorth

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    The trouble with transfer cables (which I've seen for about $19.99) is that, yes, they can transfer FILES, but not programs - you still need an added program that allows for that. The only way to properly transfer the programs so that they will work on a new HD will either be to image/ghost them or reinstall the program outright. File transfer is relatively simple otherwise.

    A-N
     
  6. AsheJoe

    AsheJoe Thread Starter

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    Hey Fairnooks, that's a really good idea ! I'm going to try that.... Thanks !!!

    Also, thanks Arknorth for the advice on transfer cables.... that's saved me some money... and more importantly... it sounds like a lot of disappointment.

    thanks guys

    Joe
     
  7. AsheJoe

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    Your suggestion of downloading the trial version of Acronis True Image did the trick Fairnooks ! It proved to be surprisingly painless once I figured out the confusing procedure(s) of how to actually use Acronis. What I did was install the new 320 drive into a USB Hard Drive enclosure and do a "clone". This update is being sent from the new 320-GB in the Toshiba laptop. Thanks again guys !!
    Joe
     
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