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This is usually possible using Norton Ghost and a second PC for the ghosting process. Depending on what Operating System you are running, will determine which version of ghost you will need to purchase.

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There is not enough space to do a backup. Is it possible to completely wipe the hard drive and start over?


Sure but you'll lose all your programs, files and documents, etc. Unless you are using W10, your best bet is to buy a new drive ($20-50) rather than wipe and reformat the existing one. You don't say how old it is but you could do that, just to have the current hard drive fail later.

1. Get the new HDD and use free software to "clone" the old hard drive to the new.
2. Or start over, install the OS - (W7 recommended) then use the File & transfer settings to move - only your documents and files, not your programs - to the new HDD. You'd need to reinstall any other programs you have on the old drive.

Here's a great link - don't be intimidated - if you print out the directions and follow them (or get a friend to help) it's not that difficult.

http://www.howtogeek.com/199068/how-to-upgrade-your-existing-hard-drive-in-under-an-hour/

Good luck!

Sep 17, 2016 | Hard Computers & Internet

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Mac error 2066


Hi Taylor
I have been dealing with Mac's for over 20 years. Bought my first in 1984. The point being..... even if I gave you the description of the 2066 error, it would mean very little to you. It doesn't help.
It's more important to know which model you have, what OS (Operating System) you are running and what you were doing or what program you are running when the fault occurs!
Problems like your having do crop up, especially on Laptops because the internal hard drive gets bumped and corrupts data.
Depending on what data gets corrupted as to what the Error is.
Bottom line is, the machine needs some service about every 1-2 years to eliminate problems creeping in.
But.... You have a Mac.... So It's pretty straight forward really!
I have been using the following method for years.... SO.....
The best advice I could give you is....
Purchase an external 3.5" Hard Drive.(more robust than 2.5" pocket drives) About 1 TerraByte should do.
If you have a FireWire Port on your Mac then get a Hard Drive with a FireWire connector on the back... its faster,
Otherwise use the USB Port. (USB 3 Better)
Use the DiskUtility Program to Format the External Drive to Mac OS Extended (Journaled)...... Name the Drive something like "External Drive"........Now its ready for use.
Go on-line and download CCC (Carbon Copy Cloner)
(www.bombich.com/download.html)
Use this to make a Clone of your current Internal Hard Drive (Source in ccc) to the external Hard drive (Destination in ccc) This will take some time depending on size & content of your internal drive. Fifteen minutes to an hour.
Once completed, you should prove that the Clone is good by BOOTING from it. Restart & hold OPTION KEY DOWN & choose your new external drive. Once booted from external "Clone" you know for sure that the clone is a fully functional copy of your internal hard drive. Change the Desktop Picture in System Preferences so that it's different to your existing system. This is to avoid getting mixed up between Booted Systems (clones look the same)
The System Preferences / Startup Disk is also a useful tool here.
Now that you have a fully functional working bootable copy ("Clone") of your hard drive, you are SAFE from loosing any of your personal data. I make a new clone every few months to be Safe.
Now..... To rid yourself of all bugs & errors & faults and defragment your hard drive & update to a better (newer) version of the OS
ALL IN ONE HIT. and end up with a clean computer just like you originally bought. All you have to do is wipe your internal hard drive of everything. That is...ReFormat it with Disk Utility
(external drive unplugged for safety).
Then re INSTALL (takes about 20 minutes) a new clean (updated version) of the OSX. This is now free from Apple Downloads. e.g. OSX 9.1.2 (Maverics)
Then you can do one of 2 things.
Re enter all your details & passwords & Apple ID & Network details when prompted after re booting the new installed OSX OR
Choose Migration Assistant to put all of your stuff back in place like it was before you started. This usually works fine BUT it can put back faulty Apps etc that were causing problems before, so be choosy in what you put back (it allows you to select items)
Obviously it would be wise to have already downloaded the newest OSX for your Mac first. And even do a practice install on the external drive to see how the install process works.
FOR EXAMPLE
You could partition your new External Hard Drive into 2 Partitions of say 500GB each. One for your "CLONE" and one to experiment with the Install OSX Process.
You could even set up the New External Hard Drive with the New OSX e.g. OSX 9.1.2 (Maverics) first then "Migrate" all your old software back on to this drive. Boot the drive & test it for faults etc. Try for a couple of days. Then Re Clone it with CCC back to your Internal Hard Drive for permanent daily use.
It's up to you.... But having an external CLONE gives you so many advantages. You are using Apple Technology and ease of use here! So it's easy to do all this. Think yourself lucky, PC People would very rarely consider doing this with Windoz because it's just too difficult!
Good Luck
Trevor

Jul 14, 2014 | Computers & Internet

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How to change the hard drive that contains the operational system in an Acer EasyStore H341 server?


Transfer an Operating System to a New Hard Drive


When replacing an old hard drive, a process known as cloning is the easiest and most thorough method for transferring data between the old and new hard drives.


A cloning utility takes a snapshot of your current hard drive and then re-creates that snapshot on your new hard drive.


The process clones everything, including the operating system, installed applications, settings and personal files.


Create a system restore disk so that you can return your system to its previous condition if an error occurs.


You can use a backup and restore utility provided with your operating system, or find one for free or for purchase on the Internet.


Many cloning utilities can also create system restore disks.


Shut down the computer and remove power.


Physically install the new hard drive.


Restore power and boot up the computer.

Ensure that your operating system recognizes that the new hard drive has been installed.


Pick the cloning utility that works best for you. (See Below for some options.)

http://www.easeus.com/disk-copy


http://www.clonezilla.org/


http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm

All freeware


http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage


http://www.symantec.com/norton/ghost

Purchase


Base your decision on your operating system and the cost and complexity of the utility.


Install and launch the cloning utility on your old hard drive.

Follow the instructions included with the cloning utility.


Keep the old hard drive as a backup, or reformat it for additional storage space.


Cloning a Notebook Hard Drive


Create a system restore disk so that you can return your system to its previous condition if an error occurs.


You can use a backup and restore utility provided with your operating system, or find one for free or for purchase on the Internet.


Many cloning utilities can also create system restore disks.


Pick the cloning utility that best fits your needs. (See Above for some options.)


Base your decision on your operating system, the cost and complexity of the utility, and whether the utility can clone notebook hard drives using bootable media, such as CD-ROMs, DVD-ROMs or flash drives.


Install and launch the cloning utility on your old hard drive.

Follow the instructions included with the cloning utility.


Keep the old drive as a backup in case the new hard drive fails.


or
Copy an OS to Another Hard Drive


Copying an OS or operating system to another hard drive can serve several functions.

Some simply want to move their current operating environment to a new PC, while others are replacing an old system hard drive with a newer one and want to avoid the hassle of updating and reinstalling.


The process of copying your operating system to another hard drive is a very easy one, in fact, and can be accomplished by anyone with nothing more than some software and some time.


Install Acronis True Image and launch it from its installation icon.

A link is provided below for the Acronis free 15-day trial.


http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/download/trueimage/


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Support free software or g4u WILL die!


http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp

Macrium has a free also pay options


Click the "Utilities" button from the left menu bar.


Click the "Clone Disk" button from the right pane of the main program window.

This will cause a dialog box to appear.


Click the "Next" button on the bottom-right corner of the dialog box.


Select the disk with the operating system you wish to copy from the drive list and click the "Next" button.


This will begin an examination of your hard disk that will finish in a few minutes.


Select the destination disk from the hard drive list and click the "Next" button.


Choose the "As-is" option for how you would like to handle your partitions.


This option merely lets you decide whether to keep all partitions on the drive or copy just the data onto one blank partition on the new drive.


Click the "Finish" button, and Acronis will prompt you that your system needs to be restarted to begin the cloning process.


The restart will happen automatically when you click the "Finish" button.


Allow the computer to restart, and Acronis will launch prior to the operating system and begin the cloning procedure.


This process may take several minutes to several hours, depending on the size of the operating system and whether there are any installed applications.


Restart you computer once again after Acronis has completed the cloning procedure.

The software will notify you when the cloning has finished.


Boot into your operating system and use your new operating system installation as normal. You may now remove your old operating system drive or format it as you desire.


Hope this helps.









Nov 24, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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Audio service refuses to start


The obvious, is it muted? NO. Disable device in Device Manager, enable device, no change, uninstall audio device, reboot, I don't know your OS, your OS should automaticly ID the audio an add driver. If it does not go to Acer website a download audio driver for your OS. Install manually. You stated,"after installing a hard drive I had from another laptop" . The Harddrive you installed, did you format it and install into this laptop and clone the drive? I am a bit confused by the statment, "after installing a hard drive I had from another laptop"?

Nov 07, 2012 | Acer Aspire One D257 Netbook

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Can a old 3gbs 1.5 terrabyte western digital hdd be cloned to a new 6gbs ssd


not sure exactly what you are referring to
there are ways of cloning an entire disk to another disk or copy the contents of a hard drive to another hard drive

How to Copy Contents of One Hard Drive to Another


There can be several reasons for needing to copy data from one hard drive to another; for instance, if you are migrating data to a new computer or hard drive or if you just want to make sure you have a working backup.


The simplest method is to just drag and drop the contents from one hard drive to the other. But this method will not work well for copying complicated things like operating systems.


To do that, you need to use a hard-drive cloning program.

The cloning program will copy your old hard, in its entirety, to your new hard drive.



Connect both drives to your computer.

This can be done by installing them both inside the tower or by connecting them via USB external enclosures.


Open your operating system's file explorer utility. Select the hard drive you wish to copy. Highlight all of the contents of the hard drive.


Drag and drop the highlighted files to your back up hard drive.


Allow the files to copy over to the new drive. Depending on the amount of data you are copying, the process could take a couple of hours.


Clone the Hard Drive


Download and install one of the many programs that will allow you to clone a hard drive. Cloning a drive makes an exact copy of the drive on your new drive.


It's the only way to accurately back up operating systems, as none of the data is rearranged at all during the cloning process.


Connect both drives to your computer, either by installing them or connecting them via USB external enclosures.


Open your cloning program. Select the "Clone Disk" function.

Choose the drive you wish to clone and the destination drive for the data and start the program.


Do not do anything else on your computer while the drive is being cloned, as it will change the data on the drive and disrupt the process.


Cloning a drive can take a few hours.

Once it is done, you will have an identical copy of the old drive on your new drive.


hope this helps


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How to Copy My Operating System to a New Hard Drive


Install the new hard drive into the computer.

Power down the computer completely.


Remove the power cords, the monitor and any peripheral devices.

Unscrew, pop off or slide off the computer case.


Touch the computer chassis

Connect the appropriate cables to the back of the hard drive.


SATA drives take a SATA power cable; IDE (ATA) drives take a power cable and ribbon cable.

If you are unsure of what type of drive you have, consult your manual.


Slide the new drive into an available drive bay, then screw the drive into place.

Make sure all of the cables are secure, then put the case back on the computer.


Connect the power cords, the monitor, and any necessary peripherals.

Power on the computer.


Format and configure the drive as per detailed in the drive's manual.

This process will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.


Boot to the main drive (the drive with the OS on it).

Download and install a disk cloning software


http://www.downloadcollection.com/lazesoft_disk_image___clone_home.htm


http://download.cnet.com/miniaide-fat32-formatter/3000-2094_4-75701815.html

both freeware


Select your "Source" drive, as well as any partitions.

Your source drive is the drive containing the OS you want to copy.


Check the hard drive data located to verify that you are selecting the appropriate drive.

Select the "Destination" drive, as well as any partitions.


Your destination drive is where your source drive's files will be copied to.

Click "Next." Confirm that your selections are correct. Click "Next" again.


Review the task summary.

If everything is correct, click "Run Now."


Allow the disk cloning software to perform the cloning process.

Do not turn off the computer during this process.


When the cloning process has completed, right-click "Start," then click "Explorer."

Click the destination drive and make sure all of the files have properly transferred over.


hope this helps








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Transfer data and operating system from one hard drive to another


Use AOMEI Partition Assistant,a free Windows partition software, to clone data or OS from one hard drive to another. http://www.disk-partition.com/copy-disk-partition-wizard.html

Oct 12, 2012 | Hitachi TravelStar Computers & Internet

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Is it possible to use ID harddisk and SATA harddisk at the same time?


You can indeed mix IDE & SATA drives on a computer. If installing the OS (Operating System) to the IDE HD, you will only need to instruct the BIOS to boot the IDE HD drive first.

If you decide to install an OS on & boot the SATA drive first; you will need to instruct the BIOS to boot the SATA drive first and may need to provide a driver for the SATA controller - if the OS install does not recognize the SATA drive. The driver should have been included on a disk or diskette with the controller (or on the motherboard driver disk if a built-in type controller). You should see a prompt asking "If you need to install a driver.... press F6" (or similar). Press the F6 key and supply the driver disk - and follow the prompts.

Good luck!

Nov 24, 2011 | ASUS K8V-MX Motherboard

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Your old hard drive contained files used by the OS, as well as the OS itself. If you replaced that HD with another, and did not clone your existing install onto the new HD, then there is no boot record, nor is there anything to boot. It is not possible to just swap a HD and expect it to work without either cloning the old drive or performing a fresh install of an OS. The fact that it is detected by the BIOS is good, as you can install a new OS onto the new drive, or use a program like Ghost to clone your old drive's contents onto the new drive.

Jan 30, 2009 | Dell Dimension 4550 PC Desktop

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I instaled 2cd harddrive but i have problem to set up


STOP! BEFORE you do *anything* else, BACKUP your important documents, files, drivers and programs... EVERYTHING that is important to you.

Now UPDATE your Windows with the latest UPDATES available!

Is your NEW hard drive LARGER in size? Say your "MASTER" is 200GB (example) and your NEW hard drive is 500GB (another example)?

If it's LARGER, GREAT! Consider a program that will CLONE ALL of your data to your new LARGER hard drive! This way you loose nothing your original MASTER has... you just end up with more space!

There is a FREE CLONE program that I recommend called: EaseUS ToDo. The LINK will also include program and CLONE instructions.

Sometimes a VIDEO TUTOR is more helpful so I include a LINK for that as well.

AFTER your successful CLONE I will recommend that you REMOVE your original drive and put it away so IF something goes WRONG at a later date ~ you can always get back to where you are today!

GOOD LUCK and ENJOY your new hard drive.

Anthony

Use Free Disk Cloning Software to Clone Copy Hard Disk

TUTORIAL:

EaseUS Todo Backup is great tool to make backups on all version of windows

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What software program will clone to an external drive?


It is nearly impossible to boot from external hard drive.  The main reason it that typically the computer need to have the OS loaded in order to support the external HD on the usb system.  My recommendation would be to return the external, purchase and internal and have a professional migrate your drive to the new one.

Jan 06, 2009 | Kanguru PC Clone Kit (KPCCLONE200)

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