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volcar

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I have procured an Western Digital WD800BB 80GB Hard Drive to replace my existing Quantum Fireball LM30 30GB Drive. Consequently, I am using this medium to solicit advice, suggestion & comments on what is the easiest & safest way to transfer all the data from my old drive to the new one. It should be noted that I intend to completely remove the existing 30GB Drive & make the new 80GB drive the master drive. The usual prompt response will be greatly appreciated.
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Will you be installing your operating system on the new hard drive and then copying your old data files over, or are you planning on copying EVERYTHING on your current 30 GB to the new 80 GB including operating system AND all files?
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Hi greatmightypoo, thanks for the response. I plan on doing the latter any suggestions
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Well creating a perfect byte-for-byte copy of your hard drive will require a disk imaging utility. The most popular and effective ones are Acronis True Imager, Drive Backup, and Partition Magic. Expect to pay around $50, however they are very effective and come with many other options. I myself purchased Partition Magic 8.0 when I wanted to copy the contents of my 7 GB drive to my 80 GB. Within an hour I was able to boot off of the new 80 GB with all my data intact.
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Hi greatmightypoo, thanks for the advice it is greatly appreciated.
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