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specialist
09-27-2007, 09:13 PM
I have a computer where the hard drive is starting to fail. I want to transfer all my files, settings, programs and operating system (basically the entire drive) to a new hard drive that I have installed in the same system. What would be the best way to transfer all that data new the new drive? Thank you.

The Goatboy
09-27-2007, 09:54 PM
Best way = hard drive duplicator; problem is I bet no one you know has one and to buy it yourself is costly ($800-$1000+). You might be better with a fresh install of your preferred OS, then install the apps followed by a transfer of your personal files using an IDE/SATA to USB cable. Not as quick or easy as a duplicator, but it will get the job done.

specialist
09-28-2007, 12:46 AM
How would the sata to usb cable work? How would I switch between the two drives since they are installed in the same computer? If I use the windows transfer app to transfer settings, etc how would I transfer the damaged drive data to the new drive, wouldn't the damaged drive need to be running and connected to the computer? I never used a sata to usb cable before so this is new to me. Thanks!

Noodle2732
09-28-2007, 03:56 AM
i would use RawCopy a program by Roadkill
http://www.roadkil.net/RawCopy.html

Download that, Right-Click on 'My Computer' select manage and goto disk management, that way you can see the physical drive numbers, open up RawCopy, set the source and target disks. wait for it to copy and there you have an exact copy of your old HDD, Presuming it didnt fail obviously.

Obviously you would be doing this on your current machine and then just stick you new copied HDD into your new machine, install drivers and away you go.

The Goatboy
09-28-2007, 04:23 AM
If rawcopy does what noodle2732 does, then try that. What I was saying would require:
1. remove dying drive
2. install new drive
3. install OS and all apps
4. connect old drive to PC via the IDE/SATA cable which plugs into a USB port
5. browse the contents of the old drive and copy to new drive

I may try rawcopy myself on 2 working drives just for shtz & giggles; I never heard of that program. thanks noodle.

AnotherTechGuy
09-29-2007, 01:15 AM
i use RawCopy and have had Acronis True Image work great too

greggh
09-29-2007, 06:37 PM
Roadkil.net utilities are great. I would definately recommend rawcopy. If that fails for any reason I would try Acronis next (as others have already stated.) Both are great tools.