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Switching system drives

Postby Fartingbob » Tue Jun 10, 2008 5:58 am

So my old hard drive with all my programs and OS on is shortly to be replaced. what's the best program to transfer the entire drive from old to new? I'm guessing I'll have to create an image of the drive, but i don't know what programs are best for that. Both drives will be plugged in at the same time so i can do it on the fly. Obviously free programs are better, although if there's a better program im sure i can accidentally stumble onto it on BT. :wink:
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Re: Switching system drives

Postby HouseCrowd » Tue Jun 10, 2008 6:27 am

Acronis every time for me.

I do similar stuff with customer's PC on a regular basis, cloning, replacing, upgrading system hard drives almost every week. Acronis has never let me down yet.
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Re: Switching system drives

Postby IneptVagrant » Tue Jun 10, 2008 6:27 am

I used acronis true image recently, was a nice tool.

ultimatebootcd has 5 or 6 tools that can do it for free, but they are all off-line
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Re: Switching system drives

Postby Xsoldier2000 » Tue Jun 10, 2008 6:29 am

Acronis True Image 11 Home has saved my @$$ more times than I can remember.

I don't know what OS you are using, but Acronis helped me with XP, Vista and Ubuntu. Cloning doesn't take too long...about the time it takes to reformat Vista. But it does save everything as you have it set-up now.

Acronis also allows you to do an incremental backup to the image file, which I do every three months.

I tried Ghost once and it failed me... it wouldn't restore the image. GParted and Clonezilla offer a freeware CD, though I've never tried them.

Good luck.
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Re: Switching system drives

Postby Fartingbob » Tue Jun 10, 2008 7:01 am

Cheers, i knew there was one program that was highly recommended, couldnt remember the name. But im pretty sure it was Acronis. Thanks all for jogging the memory!
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Re: Switching system drives

Postby HouseCrowd » Tue Jun 10, 2008 7:08 am

If you use Acronis and you're doing a simple drive-to-drive partition clone, I'd recommend using their 'Migrate Easy' feature (available also as a stand-alone product I believe). It'll resize partitions for you to allow for adjustment of any size mismatches between the two drives.
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Re: Switching system drives

Postby ntscuser » Tue Jun 10, 2008 7:13 am

Clone the drive at least once a month. More often is better. You'll soon find out why.
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Re: Switching system drives

Postby Xsoldier2000 » Tue Jun 10, 2008 7:24 am

Hey fartingbob, as a thanks, can we get the full pic of your avatar?

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Re: Switching system drives

Postby Fartingbob » Tue Jun 10, 2008 8:17 am

Image

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Re: Switching system drives

Postby Xsoldier2000 » Tue Jun 10, 2008 8:40 am

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Re: Switching system drives

Postby Paladwyn » Tue Jun 10, 2008 9:15 am

I'va always used Ghost...and used it ALOT for backing up people's hard drives...making a quick restore of OS's..transferring from one drive to the next and splitting...

It rarely messes up for me, but I've done hundreds of clones with Ghost and it's let me down about as much as XP's backup utility...so I figure that's pretty good.
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Re: Switching system drives

Postby Golgo1 » Tue Jun 10, 2008 9:24 am

Ive used ghost plenty. works great, and it's pretty damn fast. (although I havnt tried that breast program... uh, I mean Acronis)
I also like how small it is, and it migration boobs... I mean tools, are wonderful

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Re: Switching system drives

Postby Maestro120 » Tue Jun 10, 2008 11:23 am

Anyone else get the impression that middle button looks to be under enough pressure that if it pops its going to take out both the camera man and the wall behind ? :lol:
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Re: Switching system drives

Postby boneface » Tue Jun 10, 2008 12:02 pm

i have used this a few times with good results, it's free and does much of the work for you but probably not the fastest thing around.

http://www.xxclone.com/
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