Hard Disk Upgrade

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RobbosevenRobboseven Forumite
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Being a regular tight wad I recently could not resist buying a new hard drive for my pc (old one 40g new one 160g).

Now, I can see that swapping the thing over is very straight forward and I've changed most components before but I would like to know if anybody out there knows the best FREE software for moving all the data from the old one to the new one and also any idea on how long it takes, how reliable the process is etc.

It's probably been asked on the site before but I'm buggnered if I can find it.
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  • andyinlondonandyinlondon Forumite
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    well maxtor maxblast has a utility to do it built in, and it is a free download from the maxtor website. https://www.maxtor.com
    all you do is connect your new drive alongside your old one. let maxblast partition and format it and it will ask if you want to copy the old drive over.

    but i have not used it

    can recommend norton ghost as it has worked for me every time. but ghost is not free

    altenativly there are lots of other bits of software out there and im sure lots are free, a quick google search will find loads.
    if at first you don't succeed then sky diving is not for you.
  • You don't say what make of hard drive you have but most hard drive manufacturers have a piece of software for this purpose.

    Asuming that that your new drive came instruction it should give you details of their website and thus you should be able to find their download centre.

    S.
  • DrvImagerXP (Windows 2000/XP)

    and

    XXCOPY (Windows 95/98/ME)

    (both freeware) are reported to do a good job.

    There's a tutorial for DrvImagerXP here.

    Full discussion here.
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  • RobbosevenRobboseven Forumite
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    It's a Maxtor but came in an OEM brown box - I'll check out your advice and get cracking!!!

    Thanks
    My friend drowned in a bowl of muesli.
    He was pulled in by a strong currant.
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