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    Question Cloning hard drives

    I have a Dell Inspiron E1705 Laptop with a tiny little 100gb hard drive. I'm out of space (imagine that....) and would like to replace with a larger hard drive. Anybody have the ability to clone my HD onto a larger one, or recommend a service that can do this for me?

    Would upgrade to a newer machine, just not in the budget right now...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselshadow View Post
    I have a Dell Inspiron E1705 Laptop with a tiny little 100gb hard drive. I'm out of space (imagine that....) and would like to replace with a larger hard drive. Anybody have the ability to clone my HD onto a larger one, or recommend a service that can do this for me?

    Would upgrade to a newer machine, just not in the budget right now...
    It's a software thing. You can download software and do it yourself. There are dozens of programs to do it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dieselshadow View Post
    I have a Dell Inspiron E1705 Laptop with a tiny little 100gb hard drive. I'm out of space (imagine that....) and would like to replace with a larger hard drive. Anybody have the ability to clone my HD onto a larger one, or recommend a service that can do this for me?

    Would upgrade to a newer machine, just not in the budget right now...
    I always used norton ghost, but there are many options out there. I think allot of drives come with a utility to do it. You just put the new drive in the computer along with the old one (setting it up correctly of course), clone it over, then make your new drive the master,and make your old drive the slave.
    I'm speaking in IDE terms, not sure what you have.
    Edit: I didn't catch that you are speaking of a laptop...You can use a USB adapter to clone over to your new drive. Best Buy sells them for about 30 bucks I think. Maybe it's better to take it somewhere....Best buy can do that to I think.
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    You could use a free image cloner like Clonezilla .. works well, I've used it a couple of times.
    Or pay for one like Acronis which seems to be the favourite cloner at the moment.

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    Spring for a USB drive and be done with it.
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    I kind of agree with Gizmo. Unless your programs are taking up all of the space, I would spend my dime on a nice USB hard drive. This is not as convienent, but it adds another layer of safety and backup to everything.

    You can keep your photos and other items you do not access on a daily basis on it and also use it to back other items up. It takes seconds to plug in and use and if your computer were to crap out, you would not lose everything. Also this can be used going forward when you do upgrade.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    I kind of agree with Gizmo. Unless your programs are taking up all of the space, I would spend my dime on a nice USB hard drive. This is not as convienent, but it adds another layer of safety and backup to everything.

    You can keep your photos and other items you do not access on a daily basis on it and also use it to back other items up. It takes seconds to plug in and use and if your computer were to crap out, you would not lose everything. Also this can be used going forward when you do upgrade.
    Buy one big enough and he can image his 100GB. Life is good!
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    I second Tech Guy's recommendation of Clonezilla. I've used it several times, and it's a great tool. If I were closer, I'd take care of it for you.
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    I like the external drive option.
    Also, there is a SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 adapter kit you can buy. I think mine was around $20. It has a bunch of different connectors, and you go buy a bare SATA drive or use an old IDE drive and use this kit to connect it to a USB port as an external drive. That way you can go buy some $50 2TB drive and just plug it in for extra storage or a backup. When you're done, put the drive back in the antistatic bag and put it away until you need it again.
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    I think I'm going to do the external drive thing and then get a new larger HDD for the laptop.

    I'll let you guys know what happens. Thanks for all the advice.


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