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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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Use disk imaging software to copy your drive over. I like "Acronis true image home" but there are many you can use. Also if you buy a new hard-drive a lot of time it will include instructions and software to get this done. Here are the basics on what you will need to do: - install the new hard-drive as a slave drive - clone old drive to new drive - remove both drives - reinstall new drive as a master drive and you done. It's not hard once you've done it once.

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How to choose a backup device


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I work in data recovery and I'm always being asked what kind of backup device my customers should use. The fact is, there are a lot of choices and a lot of different situations with different answers.

Whatever device you choose for backup, remember the most important part of backing up is to always have more than one copy. Your backup device does you little good if it holds the only copy of your files.

USB Flash drives:
Pro's Cons
Most Inexpensive Easy to damage
Easiest to Transport Easy to Lose
High Compatibility Difficult to recover
Fast copy speeds

External Hard Drives:

Pro's Cons
Inexpensive Some are bulky
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Easy to transport Can be expensive to recover
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on your network at once
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drive failures without
data loss.


Now, armed with that short list of options, let's help you decide which option best suits you. If you move around a lot, you go to school, work out of the office or travel for work a USB flash drive is often the simplest form of backup and allows you to move data between home, office or school without lugging a large drive around. we recommend these as a part of most peoples backup solution. Next you will want a more stable form of backup(harder to damage).

For your tougher backup device you will have to decided what kind of budget you have, how much data will need to be backed up and how often. If you have a great deal of data from several computers in your home or office you will likely want to use a NAS box or setup extra drive(s) in one of your existing desktops to use as a server. If you only have one or two computers or the budget just won't cover a RAID or NAS solutions you can simply purchase an external USB or eSATA hard drive, usually less than $100. This can be moved between computers and used for backing up.

Now remember to Sync your data. This means anything you update or create while away that is saved on your USB flash needs to be copied into your computer and your computer needs to be backed up onto the external drive or server.
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You can use either.

You can also use external portable hard disk, you can move all your software and stuff to it.

Better would be installing a new operating system to new hard **** with larger capacity, it will make your system fast.

You can also fit hard disk in your computer PC cabinet, you will just need to set it as "Slave" or secondary hard disk, to do this, setting is available on the hard disk.

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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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Hi,
If your wanting to move a whole drive to a bigger drive say....

Look at something like Norton ghost, disc imaging software, good software for this job..

http://en.softonic.com/s/free-download-norton-ghost-9

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However, we cannot just copy and paste the programs in the hard drive. You need the installation files to be copied to the external hard drive, if you want them to eb backed up.

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