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Copying a drive image to move your installed software to an other computer

I have a computer with a failing hard drive. I'd thought I might copy the image of the disk to another one of the same type and put it back in the same machine. I might also like to do that and run the installed software on another machine.

Is either of those physically possible? If so do you do that? If not why is it that copying the entire disk image would not transfer all the information on it?

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  • Phil Henshaw Apr 16, 2008

    Do you know of it working to switch drives without loosing all your setup's?



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Copying the entire disk image is easy using a program something like Norton's Ghost. If the hard drive is failing, it's pertinent to do this QUICKLY.

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Hi experts, I have scoured the internet and I have not found anyone who is in the same situation as I am. I just bought this laptop by HP "hp envy touchsmart m6-k022dx sleekbook" to replace my previous...

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they are priced at around $60.00 a gig and come in sizes from 120 to well over 500 gig
as there are no spinning discs, failure is remote
besides that a sshd will store more for the same gig size than a disc HD
now best talk with a computer geek to get exact information but you should be able to remove the hd in the computer and replace it with a new one
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remember when fitting a new hard drive you may have to reset the bios to boot from the cd os disc or boot from the removed hard drive as the new hd will not have an os on it
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Switching the two is a big big job that involves either significant BIOS changes and or reloading windows.

Instead of doing this, move all your files to the big drive. Keep only the system on the "C" drive.

Remember,. nearly all progams want do install default to the C drive ...

If you insist, you will have to copy all of windows to the other drive, change D to C (make it the master, Cable Select or Pin Select? Serial interface or IDE, SCSI?

Several questions you must resolve before you make this move.

Really, the simplest thing to do is move your stuff to the big drive (or you could dump it too!)

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