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    Replace (C:) drive

    i am wanting to replace my slow hard drive with faster and larger hard drive. I am thinking of putting in the new hard drive with the old hard drive at the same time so i can ...

    - take all data off of old drive and put it on new one
    - make new drive my main and only drive

    i don't want to mess up my comp in the process so some directions on how to do this correctly would be appreciated

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    Re: Replace (C:) drive

    1. Save an image of your C: drive onto an external e-sata hard drive (or usb) by using something like Acronis True Image;

    2. Turn off your PC, unplug the old drive (leave it in place since you want to keep it in later) and install the new HDD;

    3. Reboot with Acronis boot CD; restore the image onto the new drive and boot to check all is okay;

    4. Turn off your PC again, reconnect your old drive and reboot in BIOS where you will set the boot sequence with your new HDD as the boot drive. Save and exit. Reboot in safe mode; in safe mode delete the old partition C: which will have another drive letter by now anyway.

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    Re: Replace (C:) drive

    Or, instead of going via a compressed image of the current system, you could do a direct disk to disk clone. That's a simpler process, and there's less to go wrong, and you don't need an extra external disk to hold the image file.

    Connect the new HD as well as the old one. There are many programs which will copy everything from the old disk to the new one, such as the free Seagate DiskWizard (which only runs if you have at least one Seagate or Maxtor brand of HD connected) or Acronis TrueImage or any good partition manager such as Paragon Partition Manager or Acronis Disk Director (not Partition Magic which is incompatible with Vista).

    If the new disk is bigger than the old one, you could either resize one or more of the copied partitions larger, or use the extra space for an extra partition for storing data files. Some of the programs listed above let you optionally resize a partition larger during the copying process. Otherwise you can do it afterwards.

    Then you can remove the old HD (keep it unchanged until you are sure the new one is working well) and the new one should boot OK.

    There is a small possibility the new one won't boot (whether you go via an image or do a direct clone). If so you can run a boot repair using the Vista DVD.

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    Re: Replace (C:) drive

    By the way, there would be an extra complication if the old hard disk is IDE and the new one is SATA. If so, let us know and I'll add some extra instructions.

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    Re: Replace (C:) drive

    Quote Originally Posted by OldBloke View Post
    Or, instead of going via a compressed image of the current system, you could do a direct disk to disk clone. That's a simpler process, and there's less to go wrong, and you don't need an extra external disk to hold the image file.
    Agreed. Acronis TI can do that.

    1. Install TI and new would be C drive.
    2. Mirror original C dirve to new drive with TI.
    3. Reboot upon prompt when mirroring is finished.
    4. Smile.

    Then you can unhook or format the old drive for what ever you like it to be.
    I think some one posted that TI is $9.99 couple days ago. It is a steal; get it.

    Good luck and let us know how things turn out.

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    Re: Replace (C:) drive

    And what about simple copy? Connect the new drive,boot from BartPE CD (or something similar with file manager) and just copy everything from the old drive to new one. I don't see why it should not work...

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    Re: Replace (C:) drive

    Acronis allows you to image from one drive to another. They give a 15 day full trial.

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    Re: Replace (C:) drive

    Or you could put your files from the C: drive and input the new harddrive so it's D: or whatever the next letter is, and drag'n'copy.

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    Re: Replace (C:) drive

    HD Clone has a free version that will do exactly what you want - copy your whole drive to the new - easy peasy.
    Miray Software - HDClone - Hard disk copy, hard disk backup, hard disk rescue!

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    Re: Replace (C:) drive

    You dnt get what I'm saying, WHO NEEDS PROGRAMS? YOU JUST NEED A MOUSE , TWO HARD DRIVEs, AND SOME PATIENCE!

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