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Dell Tech Support replaced my laptop hard drive and left me the old hard drive that is functional, but has alot of vibration. How do I replace the new laptop hard drive data with the old laptop hard drive data?

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  • glbrown_scv Feb 05, 2010

    It is a SATA drive and I am able to connect to it.
    But can I completely replace the new laptop hard drive apps/files/etc. with the old laptop hard drive apps/files/etc?

  • glbrown_scv Feb 05, 2010

    It is a SATA drive and I am able to connect to it.
    But can I completely replace the new laptop hard drive apps/files/etc. with the old laptop hard drive apps/files/etc?

  • glbrown_scv Feb 05, 2010

    I have Norton Ghost. What should I do? I am new to Norton Ghost.

  • glbrown_scv Feb 05, 2010

    So I cannot replace new hard drive os and programs with the old hard drive os and programs?

  • glbrown_scv Feb 05, 2010

    So I cannot replace new hard drive os and programs with the old hard drive os and programs?

  • glbrown_scv Feb 05, 2010

    old drive was working ok.

  • glbrown_scv Feb 05, 2010

    os, programs, everything was working okay - just noisy.

  • glbrown_scv Feb 05, 2010

    os, programs, everything was working okay - just noisy.

  • glbrown_scv Feb 05, 2010

    os, programs, everything was working okay - just noisy.

  • glbrown_scv Feb 05, 2010

    os, programs, everything was working okay - just noisy.

  • glbrown_scv Feb 05, 2010

    os, programs, everything was working okay - just noisy.

  • glbrown_scv Feb 05, 2010

    os, programs, everything was working okay - just noisy.

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If you mean with the os sys and programs, can use norton ghost to create an image of old drive then put on new drive

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  • tim mcgrath Feb 05, 2010

    coping the files over is one thing, but for programs to run they need to be installed not just a copy, most programs wont work if trying to copy over if wasnt installed

  • tim mcgrath Feb 05, 2010

    ok good, first thing is your old drive was working ok but drive itself was problem, meaning the operating sys and programs working fine? if was ok what i would do is created a boot disk for ghost, take an image of new drive, then install old drive take image of, then re-install new drive boot with disk put old image on new drive, when you make image do drive image not partition image, when making it will tell you how many discs will require to make image

  • tim mcgrath Feb 05, 2010

    not by coping files over

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First what type of hard drive do you have? IDE or SATA (IDE has a very wide data ribbon, SATA a much thinner one when you look at the back of the drive). You need to get either an external 2.5" drive enclosure or a USB/IDE/SATA bare drive connector. For the external enclosure, you need to get the right one for your drive. The data output can be either USB or eSATA, if your laptop has that port and you have a SATA drive). The USB/IDE/SATA connectors can be either bus powered or self-powered. The bus powered ones do not have enough power for some drives. With either of these, the drive must be connected carefully and with the correct orientation of the power and data connectors.

Connect the drive or install it into the enclosure. (For this, open the case, slide the drive part way in and connect the cables, push the drive the rest of the way in. Screw the drive into the frame if this is a needed step. I have seen any tool-less enclosures but read the instructions.) Power on the device and plug it into the appropriate connection on your computer. The device should be found by your computer and the drivers should load.

Assuming your computer sees the drive (if it doesn't one of the cables is probably not seated properly or not correctly oriented to the device), then you can just copy the files to the new drive. Setting up your e-mail may take a bit longer, you may need to import your profile in addition to copying it to the new drive into a folder in the same location.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells
(If you do not feel comfortable doing this yourself, there are many data recover companies as well as computer repair shops that will install your drive into the enclosure you buy.)

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  • Cindy Wells Feb 05, 2010

    I see that I misunderstood. I thought you just wanted the data. You can run a program like Norton Ghost. This creates an image of the entire contents of the drive. Then restore the image to the new disk.

    Alternatively, get one of the drive cloning programs (several partition management software programs, such as Paragon Partition Manager, have the feature built in). Set it to clone the old drive to the new one. This will maintain every partition including a recovery partition if your computer came with that.

    I hope this helps.

    Cindy Wells
    (cloning keeps the registry information. Copying the data and installing the software fresh could improve your computer's behavior since Windows systems do get registry issues over time. It does take a bit longer.)


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