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Want to replace hard drive in desk top PC with a larger one (750 GB sata). I know how to install it and format and partition the drive.What I would like to know what is the best way to transfer every thing from old drive to new. OS Win XP home at present will be upgrading to a different version later.

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  • John Nov 22, 2009

    Is there any good freeware that can do the job of cloning my hard drive. New drive WD 750 Gb model# WD7500AACS old one Seagate 80 Gb

  • John Nov 23, 2009

    Thanks Greg I will try this later this week. John

  • John Dec 08, 2009

    Both hard drives are SATA so there is no master-slave settings.



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Most new HDD come with imaging software that will allow you to "clone" the old HDD and transfer the information to the new HDD. If not, you will need an imaging program ie Norton Ghost, Easeus Todo Backup (free). These will take an image of your old hard drive and place the image on the new one. There's a link to Easeus Todo below:
Free Easeus Todo
The best way to run the program is to leave the old HDD installed as the master and install the new HDD as the slave. Run the imaging program and create the image on the new HDD. Once done, remove the old HDD and place the new HDD in the #1 slot (making it the master on the #1 spot on the ribbon cable. Moving the jumper to make it the master may be needed depending on your system) Once the new HDD is the master, reboot. The PC should boot normally. From here you're free to partition the new hard drive. Once you've ensure you're operating normally, you can make the old HDD a slave and format it for normal use.
I hope this explains and answers your question. Best of luck!

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    Greg Margossian Nov 23, 2009

    Thank you John! In addition to the freeware listed above (Free Easeus Todo) your Seagate HD should come with DiscWizard. If it doesn't, here is a link to DiscWizard

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    Greg Margossian Dec 08, 2009

    Since both are SATA, just run your imaging software to clone the original. Once done, set up machine to boot from the new hard drive to ensure it's working properly. If successful, you are now free to leave it as is or switch them and format the older hard drive for more storage.


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The absolutely best thing would be to connect both drives to the computer and install a fresh windows into the new drive, then you can copy your files from the old one into the new one once it is done. or you can keep them both connected.

Another way would be to clone the old drive into the 750GB drive transferring the windows and everything into the new drive.

here is a list of the cloning software available

You will most likely have to purchase one of the programs to get the job done.

If you would like me to recommend one, then I would go with

it costs 50usd, its a program to keep, not just a single use program, but honestly its hardly worth the 50 usd for just one computer, I would go with the re-install of windows, that doesn't cost anything.

Let me know if you need further assistance.

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