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New Hard Drive questions

Slammer

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#1
I'm going to be getting a new 1TB hard drive for my laptop, and have some questions about it:

1. Someone told me they didn't think my laptop would support a HD that's 1TB, that I'd have to partition it into smaller sizes. Is this true? Is there any way to tell? I wouldn't mind doing that, but I'd like to know beforehand.

2. I'm going to take my old 320GB laptop hd and use a SATA to USB connector to use it as an external storage device. Since it will still have Vista installed on it (at least until I reformat it) will I be able to boot vista off it through that USB connector? If not, is there any way I could do it through other means? I'd like to use it to experiment with dual booting and partitions (since I've never managed to do either successfully) but I want to do that on a hd other than the one I'll be using in case something goes bad again.

3. I'd like to duplicate the 320 HD I have onto the new 1TB HD, but there's a problem. I know there are several utilities I can use to back up an image of a HD, but I have nowhere to store that backup image. My current HD has about 10GB free, and the SATA to USB connector I'm going to get says it only supports sizes up to 500GB. I was thinking there's a way I could put the new HD into my laptop, then use a Linux Live CD to boot up and plug in the old HD with the USB adapter and use one of those utilities to copy that HD image right onto my new one, but I'm not at all familiar with any of those procedures. A little help would be great :)

4. Is there anything else I should know about doing any of this?

Thanks for your assistance! :)
 

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    DELL - 27d90219 Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A05
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    Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family
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    IDT High Definition Audio CODEC
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    Single built in fan
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    Built in
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    Usually have low HD free space left (<10 GB), often left on overnight. I really push its capabilities.

americancritic

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#2
Hello

Go to your manufacture's website and they will tell you what you can do and tell you what you can't do. Thats what I did and you can even print there instructions. LOL
 

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Slammer

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#3
You mean the manufacturer of my computer or new HD? Because I'm trying to avoid trawling through Dell's website to find any of this info...
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 1545
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    Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 @ 2.00 GHz
    Motherboard
    DELL - 27d90219 Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A05
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition Audio CODEC
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor (DPMS), 15.3" (34cm x 19cm)
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Internal 320 GB
    Portable 320 GB used for separate storage of media, plugged into USB port as needed.
    Cooling
    Single built in fan
    Mouse
    Touchpad, + Logitech wireless mouse (USB)
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Internet Speed
    ~150 kilobytes/sec DL
    Other Info
    Usually have low HD free space left (<10 GB), often left on overnight. I really push its capabilities.

Shadowjk

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#4
For a start I do not know what that person was smoking because you can use a 1TB HDD in Full on any system

Just a question - Do you have a Install Disk?

Josh
 

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    AMD HD Radeon 6870
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    SMB1930NW (1440x900@60Hz)
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    Standard PS/2 Keyboard

Slammer

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#5
That was my reaction as well, just wanted to be sure in case they happened to know something weird like that.

Unfortunately I don't. The computer was a gift, only came with an AC cable haha. Although I do have a recovery partition that I know works because I had to use it to restore my comp to factory settings once.
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 1545
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    Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 @ 2.00 GHz
    Motherboard
    DELL - 27d90219 Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A05
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition Audio CODEC
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor (DPMS), 15.3" (34cm x 19cm)
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Internal 320 GB
    Portable 320 GB used for separate storage of media, plugged into USB port as needed.
    Cooling
    Single built in fan
    Mouse
    Touchpad, + Logitech wireless mouse (USB)
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Internet Speed
    ~150 kilobytes/sec DL
    Other Info
    Usually have low HD free space left (<10 GB), often left on overnight. I really push its capabilities.

Shadowjk

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#6
Okay please be aware of the risks that are involved with replacing a HDD

If your OS dies or has a problem then you cannot use the restore Partition in anyway or form

If you can make some recovery Disks if that option is available
 

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    Foxconn H67MP-S/-V/H67MP
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    8.0GB DDR3 @ 665MHz (2GBx4)
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD HD Radeon 6870
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    SMB1930NW (1440x900@60Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    977GB Seagate ST31000524AS ATA Device (SATA) + 250GB WD iSCSI attached Drive
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    Novatech Night
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    Dell HID-compliant mouse
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    Standard PS/2 Keyboard

Slammer

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#7
Ok thanks I'll look into recovery discs. Also, it came from Dell and has a sort of "custom" Vista OS (such as Dell Games, Dell DataSafe, and a few things like that configured into it) so would it still be OK to reinstall Vista from a normal Vista disc (like you'd buy at walmart) if I ever needed to? Same question for upgrading to Windows 7. Because if I can't figure out how to copy an image of my HD onto the new one I may just install 7 directly onto it and reinstall all my programs.

If I do clone the HD, wouldn't it still include that recovery partition and basically be the exact same HD, just with 700GB of free space on it?
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 1545
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 @ 2.00 GHz
    Motherboard
    DELL - 27d90219 Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A05
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition Audio CODEC
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor (DPMS), 15.3" (34cm x 19cm)
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Internal 320 GB
    Portable 320 GB used for separate storage of media, plugged into USB port as needed.
    Cooling
    Single built in fan
    Mouse
    Touchpad, + Logitech wireless mouse (USB)
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Internet Speed
    ~150 kilobytes/sec DL
    Other Info
    Usually have low HD free space left (<10 GB), often left on overnight. I really push its capabilities.

Shadowjk

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#8
It depends on how you go about cloning your HDD - If you image all the partitions including the Restore Partition then it may work but there is a chance it will not

Also No your key will not work with a Normal Windows Vista Disk because your Product key is linked with Dell

Activation works as follows

You enter you product key

It is then converted into a bunch of Numbers and letters

This is then compared to a Certificate (In your Case Dells) which is found during the install (The Reason why you have a recovery Partition)

If it matches the certificate all is good - If not then No

________________________

If you Choose to upgrade to seven then I can help you with the setup and help choose the right edition for you

Josh
 

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    Intel Core i5 2400 @ 3.10GHz
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    Foxconn H67MP-S/-V/H67MP
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    8.0GB DDR3 @ 665MHz (2GBx4)
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD HD Radeon 6870
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    SMB1930NW (1440x900@60Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    977GB Seagate ST31000524AS ATA Device (SATA) + 250GB WD iSCSI attached Drive
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    Novatech Night
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    Dell HID-compliant mouse
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    Standard PS/2 Keyboard

Slammer

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#9
Ok well it sounds like it's worth a shot when I do clone it. So wait you mean even if I bought a totally new Vista disc from walmart I couldn't do a clean install of it on my current computer? Like reformat the HD and install it? Or do you mean I just can't restore the OS using a new disc?

Thanks for the offer, I'll let you know if I need any help if/when I do it, but I think I'll be ok. This site has some good tutorials up.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 1545
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 @ 2.00 GHz
    Motherboard
    DELL - 27d90219 Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A05
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition Audio CODEC
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor (DPMS), 15.3" (34cm x 19cm)
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Internal 320 GB
    Portable 320 GB used for separate storage of media, plugged into USB port as needed.
    Cooling
    Single built in fan
    Mouse
    Touchpad, + Logitech wireless mouse (USB)
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Internet Speed
    ~150 kilobytes/sec DL
    Other Info
    Usually have low HD free space left (<10 GB), often left on overnight. I really push its capabilities.

Shadowjk

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#10
If you cloned your HDD and transferred it then it would be A-Okay shouldn't need to activate and if you did ring the telephone number for activation

If you brought the disc and installed it you should have the Licence key for that Windows Vista with the Disc and even then you might as well have brought Windows 7

If it didn't have a product key then you may have a trouble activating your Dell OEM Key with a Retail Vista Install

Josh
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
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    Intel Core i5 2400 @ 3.10GHz
    Motherboard
    Foxconn H67MP-S/-V/H67MP
    Memory
    8.0GB DDR3 @ 665MHz (2GBx4)
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD HD Radeon 6870
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    SMB1930NW (1440x900@60Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    977GB Seagate ST31000524AS ATA Device (SATA) + 250GB WD iSCSI attached Drive
    Case
    Novatech Night
    Mouse
    Dell HID-compliant mouse
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    Standard PS/2 Keyboard

Shadowjk

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My Computer

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  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Built
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    Intel Core i5 2400 @ 3.10GHz
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    Foxconn H67MP-S/-V/H67MP
    Memory
    8.0GB DDR3 @ 665MHz (2GBx4)
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD HD Radeon 6870
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    SMB1930NW (1440x900@60Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    977GB Seagate ST31000524AS ATA Device (SATA) + 250GB WD iSCSI attached Drive
    Case
    Novatech Night
    Mouse
    Dell HID-compliant mouse
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    Standard PS/2 Keyboard

richc46

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#12
I would recommend Macrium Reflect - Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

How to Reinstall With Macrium Reflect | eHow.com

I would use the Windows Built in Image system but since you have Vista Home Premium that option is not available

Note   Note
You will need to create a disk to be able to restore the image


Josh
May I just add a note to what is already an excellent suggetion. It is merely this, rumours say that Macrium may not stay free, so follow Josh's advice without delay.
 

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    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
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    640 gb
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    Dell USB 4 button optical
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Slammer

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#13
Ok That's what I thought.

Ya I know I just wanted to make sure that installing a retail version of vista wouldn't mess with my computer. Wasn't sure if it had to have the specialized Dell Vista installed or not.

Ya I'd be sure to get a key for it. But if I ever need to I'll probably just jump up to 7.

I think that's all the help I need for now, I'll come back if I have any more questions, and probably will once I actually get the new HD in and have time to mess around with it. You've been very helpful! Thank you!
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 1545
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 @ 2.00 GHz
    Motherboard
    DELL - 27d90219 Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A05
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition Audio CODEC
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor (DPMS), 15.3" (34cm x 19cm)
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Internal 320 GB
    Portable 320 GB used for separate storage of media, plugged into USB port as needed.
    Cooling
    Single built in fan
    Mouse
    Touchpad, + Logitech wireless mouse (USB)
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Internet Speed
    ~150 kilobytes/sec DL
    Other Info
    Usually have low HD free space left (<10 GB), often left on overnight. I really push its capabilities.

Slammer

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#14
I would recommend Macrium Reflect - Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

How to Reinstall With Macrium Reflect | eHow.com

I would use the Windows Built in Image system but since you have Vista Home Premium that option is not available

Note   Note
You will need to create a disk to be able to restore the image


Josh
May I just add a note to what is already an excellent suggetion. It is merely this, rumours say that Macrium may not stay free, so follow Josh's advice without delay.
Thanks rich, I'll check it out right away.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 1545
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 @ 2.00 GHz
    Motherboard
    DELL - 27d90219 Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A05
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition Audio CODEC
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor (DPMS), 15.3" (34cm x 19cm)
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Internal 320 GB
    Portable 320 GB used for separate storage of media, plugged into USB port as needed.
    Cooling
    Single built in fan
    Mouse
    Touchpad, + Logitech wireless mouse (USB)
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Internet Speed
    ~150 kilobytes/sec DL
    Other Info
    Usually have low HD free space left (<10 GB), often left on overnight. I really push its capabilities.

Slammer

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#15

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 1545
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 @ 2.00 GHz
    Motherboard
    DELL - 27d90219 Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A05
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition Audio CODEC
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor (DPMS), 15.3" (34cm x 19cm)
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Internal 320 GB
    Portable 320 GB used for separate storage of media, plugged into USB port as needed.
    Cooling
    Single built in fan
    Mouse
    Touchpad, + Logitech wireless mouse (USB)
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Internet Speed
    ~150 kilobytes/sec DL
    Other Info
    Usually have low HD free space left (<10 GB), often left on overnight. I really push its capabilities.
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#16
just aquick note. Makng your harddrive into an external one would work since u have the os already installed all uave to change is tue boot up order. I thought of doing the same thing but could not install vista on to my external.
 

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    Intel Pentium Dual CPU T3400 @2.16GHz
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    1T
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    C:\
    D:\
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    Trust

Shadowjk

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#17
Ok i checked Macrium out, but on cnet EASEUS Todo Backup Free - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Downloads is rated higher. Is this one better? I usually trust cnet's reviews and would normally get that one instead, but if you still recommend Macrium I'd trust your judgement over theirs.
I haven't used that before - You could try it but I will be unable to support you since I do not use that Program. Plus I only use EASEUS for a partition manager ;)

Josh
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Built
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 2400 @ 3.10GHz
    Motherboard
    Foxconn H67MP-S/-V/H67MP
    Memory
    8.0GB DDR3 @ 665MHz (2GBx4)
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD HD Radeon 6870
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    SMB1930NW (1440x900@60Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    977GB Seagate ST31000524AS ATA Device (SATA) + 250GB WD iSCSI attached Drive
    Case
    Novatech Night
    Mouse
    Dell HID-compliant mouse
    Keyboard
    Standard PS/2 Keyboard

Slammer

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Thanks Boatdude, a quick google search confirmed that I CAN boot off a USB HD like a normal HD as long as you chose it at BIOS. Like you said. Probably should have just googled it to begin with haha.

@Josh Ok well I downloaded them both so when it comes in I'll install both of them and compare the interfaces. EASUS looks likes its directed mainly at simplicity and ease for inexperienced users, so I'll have to see if it has as many features as Macrium, or if I even need other features.

Again, thank you all for your input and help with this, the first time you do something like this is always the hardest because you don't know exactly what to expect, and you guys are really helping me get a feel for doing this in a way google couldn't :)

I'll probably come back here occasionally between now and when it actually comes in (hopefully a couple weeks), but for now I think I'm good!
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 1545
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 @ 2.00 GHz
    Motherboard
    DELL - 27d90219 Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A05
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition Audio CODEC
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor (DPMS), 15.3" (34cm x 19cm)
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Internal 320 GB
    Portable 320 GB used for separate storage of media, plugged into USB port as needed.
    Cooling
    Single built in fan
    Mouse
    Touchpad, + Logitech wireless mouse (USB)
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Internet Speed
    ~150 kilobytes/sec DL
    Other Info
    Usually have low HD free space left (<10 GB), often left on overnight. I really push its capabilities.

richc46

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Most members use Macrium. I would go with Macrium.
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
    Other Info
    DSL provided by ATT

Shadowjk

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Thanks Boatdude, a quick google search confirmed that I CAN boot off a USB HD like a normal HD as long as you chose it at BIOS. Like you said. Probably should have just googled it to begin with haha.

@Josh Ok well I downloaded them both so when it comes in I'll install both of them and compare the interfaces. EASUS looks likes its directed mainly at simplicity and ease for inexperienced users, so I'll have to see if it has as many features as Macrium, or if I even need other features.

Again, thank you all for your input and help with this, the first time you do something like this is always the hardest because you don't know exactly what to expect, and you guys are really helping me get a feel for doing this in a way google couldn't :)

I'll probably come back here occasionally between now and when it actually comes in (hopefully a couple weeks), but for now I think I'm good!
No Problem - As for me helping you I have to predict what will happen and what problems that might occur and then find a solution :)

Until you have the HDD and have imaged and restored completely I shall not mark this thread as solved

Josh
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Built
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 2400 @ 3.10GHz
    Motherboard
    Foxconn H67MP-S/-V/H67MP
    Memory
    8.0GB DDR3 @ 665MHz (2GBx4)
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD HD Radeon 6870
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    SMB1930NW (1440x900@60Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    977GB Seagate ST31000524AS ATA Device (SATA) + 250GB WD iSCSI attached Drive
    Case
    Novatech Night
    Mouse
    Dell HID-compliant mouse
    Keyboard
    Standard PS/2 Keyboard

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