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Upgrading laptop HD - cloning methods?


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delawaredrew

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Hi,
I want to stick a larger HD in my Gateway T 1616 laptop. Ideally I would just do it and reinstall Vista, but I have moved 3 times in 12 months and fear I have lost the Recovery or installation discs that it came with. If I cannot find them what do people think is the best way to achieve this?

1)Should I just buy a install disc from Gateway?

2) Should I buy one of the HD cloning devices that are available? It's about the same cost as a disk from Gateway and reusable for my other laptop.
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3) Should I buy a USB enclosure and use one of the free cloning programs that are available? Also reusable, and it would allow me to use the 160gb drive I want to replace as an external drive or link it to my NAS or whatever...

So those are the options I see, is there something else I don't know about? What do you think is the best way and why?
Thanks,
Andrew
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phillipcorcoran

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Your 3rd option is best. 'clone' your existing drive to the new drive which will be (temporarily) mounted in a 2.5-inch enclosure. Then switch drives.

Why use this method? -- because I've done it so I know it works. I have no experience of the other methods you mentioned.
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delawaredrew

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Thanks for the advice!

The existing drive is partitioned into a 10gb windows only section and a 150gb general section. Does that pose any problems for the cloning? I see alot of info about the benefits of partitioning, but haven't had any experience with it. I assume the cloning program will just recreate the existing partition.

What program did you use to clone it? I'm looking at EASEUS Disk Copy.

Edited by delawaredrew, 16 January 2010 - 09:05 PM.

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Spyderturbo007

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Typically each HDD manufacturer has their own free program for cloning a HDD. I tend to go with WD hard drives and they have a very nice and easy to use utility on their website.
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Your best bet is to clone the entire drive to a new drive. You would want a USB enclosure to do this. You also need a new drive that is larger than what you have existing.
You boot from the CD that you create with Easeus. This is a really good program. I have used the disk copy as well as ToDo copy and their partion program.

And yes it will handle the partitions you have because you are cloningf (making a exact copy of) the other drive.

Do not reformat the original drive until you get the cloned drive tested and operational.
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