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Copyinng System replacing hard drive as it is causing a problem. I have been told that I can "Mirror Copy" my system to install on new drive. I have had laptop since new and did not get a disc with it. How do I acheive this copy? Apparently it will only work on my laptop so no scam involved.

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  • st2malo Mar 07, 2008

    Hi, got the discs from Dell and the new is up and running. One point, they did not send the drives. I had to email them and got a list, downloaded them on another PC and cut a disc.

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Your post does not indicate what problem that you are having with your current hard drive. If you have bad sectors (unreadable data) on your current drive, then you may continue to have problems on the new drive. The best solution is definately time consuming, and would require reinstalling the operating system and all programs that you still want on the new drive. This solution is also less expensive than mirroring your current drive. You can request the system discs directly from Dell, at this link:

https://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dellcare/en/backupcd_form

If you choose to go with a clean install, be certain to make a list of applications on your current hard drive. That way you can track down the installation discs for those applications, as well.

If you choose to mirror your current drive, here's how. You'll need to get the new drive, and put it into an enclosure. Here's an example of one that would work for this drive.
http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=1216641
Next, you'll need a disk clone utility. The industry standard is Norton Ghost. It can be purchased here:
http://shop.symantecstore.com/DRHM/servlet/ControllerServlet?Action=DisplayProductDetailsPage&SiteID=symnahho&Locale=en_US&ThemeID=106300&Env=BASE&productID=73048200&ClickID=doynytzswmcmzmkmkrszswxnyctks0yw0y
There is an open source alternative available, if you would prefer not to purchase software that you would most likely only use once. The down side to the open source product, is that it may seem intimidating. However, there are instructions for the one I would recommend to you. You'll find the open source disk clone utility here:
http://www.feyrer.de/g4u/
I'll let you decide if you want use Ghost or g4u.
Once you have cloned the drive, install it into your system. Then put your old drive into the enclosure. That way, you can gain access to your old files, should you need to at a future date.

Hope that was helpful.

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