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Acer aspire 5500 hard drive

My acer aspire 5500 has a 60gb harddrive,but I wish to replace it with a 250gb harddrive.
I wish to retain the info I already have.
My preesnt one has a c and D drive plus a hidden Acer partition.
What processes do I need to do to accomplish the changeover

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I have used norton ghost to do just what you're wanting to do.
1)run ghost on a desktop pc,hook your 60gb hd to your pc as a "slave"(using adapter).
2)"clone",or"create image"of the hd to a folder (on desktop)
3)swap hd's(on desktop)
4)format new(250gb)drive as "ntfs"
5)open ghost,and do a "restore"-of the saved image folder-TO new hd,re-install new 250gig in laptop.
///YOURE done!!!
-now you will have a back-up(old hd,AND image file folder.

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