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I need to clone my laptop hard drive and install the cloned copy in a new hard drive. Please let me know how I can do that .
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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.
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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
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.
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