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Hard Drive Transfer What do I need to purchase to transfer the information from my old hard drive to my new hard drive? I guess the info is still their but I dont want to pay anyone to do it I kinda want to do it myself.. Laptop is Toshiba Satelite A65-126 Western Digital® 120GB 5400 RPM 2.5? PATA Universal Notebook Internal Hard Drive

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There are two ways to go about this.

Method 1- Cloning. This will create an exact copy of your drive onto a new (larger?) drive.

To clone the drive you will need the following: Another PC to perform the cloning, cloning software such as Symantec Ghost, DriveImage, etc., installed on that PC, a way to connect both of the drives to that 2nd pc. A good way to go is with an external enclosure (USB), you would need two of them. Try this link for some examples of external enclosures:

Method 2 - Data copying. Install the new drive in the laptop, reload your operating system, re-install your programs, and move your documents and settings to the new PC using your old drive and one external enclosure like the ones linked above. You need to know where the documents are, and there can be security issues, especially if the laptop is a member of a domain.

I'm more than happy to help further with either method. Please let me know which way you would prefer to go, and any questions you may have.

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The easiest way to do this is to get a hard drive enclosure so you can make that old hard drive to be a external drive and you can connect it to any computer via USB to get the files inside the old drive and you also make it as a back up drive after that.
Once you have a hard drive enclosure you just need to connect the drive to it and then connect that to your computer via USB and that's it you can now get the files inside and it also save files to that drive it will work like a USB drive. You can get the enclosure from this link or from any computer store near you.

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there are several ways to do this yourself ..but most of them presumes connecting the hdd to a pata bus...
take a look and see if your laptops have 2 places for hard disks ...most of them have ...if you have a second place ..connect the hdd on the laptop ..and just copy the files you want to the other partitions...
The issues can apper when there is an functional windows installed on both and you are trying to boot with them both will have to choose the windows you want to boot into..
if they are both functional this is not quite important cause the data will be transfered by copy paste (or cut ) from one to the other and you can get some points to recognize which is which ...
if you do not have a second port to connect the hard disk but you still have a functional windows on the old onne ..just connect it back ..and boot it up ..and retrieve the data on disks..or memory flash ..or so ....and after that just copy them on the other hdd..
if the hard disk is not with a functional windows on ...and you only had one partiton on it reinstalling is out of question cause it will erase the data have to get a adapter ..and plug it in usb ..and get the data from it ...and my opinion this is the safest way ..I will look for an adapter (rack ) ..and link you to buy a cheap one ..if I find...
It will cost you about 11 bucks.. if you are from the States..(free shipping for USA)..and you will be able to use it for making almost any hard disk into an external use..its a great tool ..I got one too ..
The last posibility case you do not want to buy anything ..and you do not have a working windows in that hadd is to try and make a repair on the windows on it ..and after that boot and get the files on dvd or cd ..or flash drives memory ....

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