How to clone a harddrive?
May 9, 2007 6:25 PM Subscribe
I want to install a bigger hard drive to my laptop. How do I clone the current hard drive to the new one so I don't have to reinstall windows on the new disk?
posted by Mave_80 to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I have an external USB enclosure that I can put the new HDD in. I have the new HDD. I'm assuming I can use Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image to do so. Thing is, I'm not sure if there's an obvious option to use. Recommendations on software and the process to do so? I'll probably only use the software a couple of times and am not interested in bits and pieces of the disk. I just want a simple one shot deal that will copy the entire disk (including OS) without major hassle. Providing it costs under $50 not too worried about price, although free is obviously better.
Side notes: I will obviously back up all important data on the laptop first. Also, my laptop does not have a built in CD drive, only an external USB one. (I do have 2 USB ports available though). Finally, I've read these previous AskMe threads:
1. How to install old OS on a new laptop harddrive
This thread is from a year and half ago - are Ghost and True Image still my best options?
2. Disk imaging utility
Ghost wasn't mentioned - True Image was. Should I take a hint?
3. Ghost has given up the ghost
Thanks for all your help!