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  how to move laptop hard drive to new drive? 
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Al James Jan 26, 2008, 06:52am EST Report Abuse
I've got a win xp hard drive and want to replace it with a new bigger hard drive but without doing a fresh formatand install on the new drive.

I also have norton ghost 12 but it won't let me "copy" he existing drive to a network drive or removeable usb drive (for later putting onto the new drive).

so how can I achieve the image from the old drive onto the new one?


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Chris McNally Jan 26, 2008, 08:51am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: how to move laptop hard drive to new drive?
Why can't you clone the drive to an external using Ghost? What error messages are you getting?


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john albrich Jan 26, 2008, 10:54pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: how to move laptop hard drive to new drive?
You can use freeware xxclone (very simple and fast)
(or even hdclone I think, because the destination file is larger than the source file) depending on what interfaces you plan to use. For example, some of the free versions of cloning software (like hdclone's "Free Edition") don't support USB.

But, xxclone is very easy and fast. I've used xxclone 0.58 to migrate an XP Home OS system disk from a 40gb disk to an 80gb disk without any problems at all.
XXCLONE duplicates the whole Win NT, 2000 or XP system volume to another volume that will become ready to boot without a restore step. You may boot the system from the clone volume by simply swapping the disks when a disaster strikes.

The cloned volume may be larger than the source volume, or even smaller as long as the volume data can fit. You may copy from FAT to NTFS or vice versa. XXCLONE supports PATA, USB-disk and SATA. Ideal for periodic backup, or a one-time disk upgrade, or migration.

There are a lot of other HWA posts on this same topic, so you might want to search HWA using the upper right search bar for more ideas.



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