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Hard drive replacement

Big ClassyBig Classy Registered User regular
I was wondering if it's possible to swap the contents of one HDD onto another larger HDD? For instance, my PC has only room for a single hard drive and dvd drive, there's no more cables. I know I can hook up the new drive I get by disconnecting the dvd drive but what I really want to to di is completely remove the HDD I have in my PC at the moment without losing the contents on it. By contents I mean OS and all the videos, photos and games.

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    wonderpugwonderpug Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    There are really cheap external enclosures that let you hook your HDD up via USB.

    Alternately, does your DVD drive use the same power and data cable as your new hard drive? Borrow those cables to temporarily hook up the new drive for the file transfer, then reconnect the DVD drive and install the new HDD for real.

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    GreenishGreenish Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    I think Acronis True Image is the best but if you want free then you can try Drive Image XML or Segate's DiscWizard. Best thing is that if you screw it up your old drive still has your data. Just wipe the new drive and try again.

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    BeazleBeazle Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    You can use True Image free for 30 days. More than enough time to transfer a drive.

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    Big ClassyBig Classy Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    Great stuff guys. Appreciate it.

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    Big ClassyBig Classy Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    OOOOH New question!
    This is the drive I currently have. This is the drive I want, there won't be any surprises through the transition right? They both seem to be similar, apart from the obvious size.

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    BeazleBeazle Registered User regular
    edited September 2010
    You'll be fine.

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