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Having problems upgrading my laptop hard drive !!!

Ok I have put some problems up and have gotten good answers. So I have decided to upgrade my laptop hard drive and I purchased an "universal upgrade kit" with hard dive cloning software from apricorn. I bought an hitachi 320gb hd and my laptop only has 40gb in it. now the upgrade kit comes with an external casing for the hd to fit in for the cloning process and can be used as a portable hd using the old hard drive. so I start the cloning software and follow the steps but when the computer had started the cloning process the external hd was unplugged by accident and think it might have messed up the "new" HD. now I tryed to see if I could erase the new HD and start over but the cloning software wont recognize the new HD anymore ! and this is giving me an enormous headache. would appreciate a solution or a better way to upgrade my HD with the hardware that I already have. P.S. I also have a 500GB seagate external usb HD and I only keep movies on it but it has room on it.

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  • farmgrenade Dec 27, 2008

    what if I dont have the operating system disc ?

  • farmgrenade Dec 27, 2008

    ok first of all I just checked the 320gb hd and the properties say the drive is 54.4 gb whats up wit that ? and can I backup to this drive and install it like that ?

  • farmgrenade Dec 28, 2008

    well I did the backup to the 500gb HD so far but the program that windows uses it takes forever. so I left it running overnight and when I checked this morning the computer seemed to have rebooted itself, and the backup file was in the external. all i have to do now is try to get the os on the new 320gb HD thats the trouble because I dont have the start up discs.


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From what I gather basically you want to copy everything off of your 40GB and put it on the new 320GB and the install correct? Why don't you do a backup (Start>All programs>System Tools>Backup to the external 500GB drive. Install the new 320GB drive and then load the operating system from your operating system disc, then restore the data from the 500GB you backed up, or am I missing something.I know it is not as convenient as cloning but sounds like you may need to do it the old fashion way..there is no good reason that the cloning software would quit reading your disc unless it's some kind of "only get one chance and throw away software".

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    Randall Trahan Dec 28, 2008

    I apologize farmgrenae haven't checked the site in a while. Is everything going ok?

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    Randall Trahan Dec 28, 2008

    Without the Windows CD there are two options. One you could buy one from Microsoft off of there website. Put next day shipping and you should have it by Tuesday.(Recommended). Second option, go to your closest store that sells Norton Ghost 14.0, make a duplicate (ISO image) of your current hard drive and load it onto your new hard drive. Ghost has many other applications like making schedules backups of you data automatically. Finally, try your duplicaton software one more time. Without an original disc and your duplication software not working correctly unfortunately your options are limited.


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