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27-11-2010, 12:48 PM
I have just found a new drive for my old trusty Satellite 1410 (I think) and want to know how can I copy the entire drive over, drivers, system files, everything?

Speedy Gonzales
27-11-2010, 12:57 PM
Connect the one you want to copy from to a desktop then copy everything, then connect the one you want to a desktop then copy from the hdd to it

27-11-2010, 12:57 PM
Make a disk image.

27-11-2010, 01:02 PM
Manually copying the files might screw something up (and it definitely won't copy the boot sector)

You need to use a drive cloning program like Norton Ghost.

Or you could use the dd command in Linux.

27-11-2010, 01:03 PM
Clone it from one drive to the other.

What make are the HDD's ?

Some places have free cloning software, that will make a exact copy from one HDD to the other.

27-11-2010, 01:17 PM
The new one is a Hitachi Travelstar the old one is a toshiba

27-11-2010, 02:17 PM
Active@disc image as recommended to me by Wainui not free though or you could try either Macrium reflect or drive image XML both are free. What OS or is that Quad boot in your sig?

27-11-2010, 03:29 PM
This is my old Toshiba laptop running xp pro. Quad boot still going fine. Might be time for an upgrade soon though.

27-11-2010, 03:37 PM
I used HDClone to clone my 320 gig hard drive partition onto a 250gig hard drive. ULTRASLOW took a day. Otherwise EASUS partition software is alright.

27-11-2010, 03:44 PM
those free?

27-11-2010, 04:05 PM
Two of those I posted are and will do it easily. But you will need to create a boot CD as trying to do it from Windows often crashes

27-11-2010, 04:08 PM
hmm is xml on UBCD4win?

27-11-2010, 04:40 PM
Don't know but don't think so

27-11-2010, 05:11 PM
The dd command in Linux is free. Then you can use Gparted or Partition Wizard (also free) to expand the partition(s) to the new drive size (assuming it's bigger)

27-11-2010, 06:03 PM
Being a laptop HDD, if its IDE - you would either need to put them on a PC using adapters unless the drives are SATA then that wouldn't be a problem, or you will need some sort of USB storage device to make an image to, then image it back to the blank drive.

The Active@ gary mentioned before will do this, even the trial. You can download the trial from Here (http://www.disk-image.net/download.htm) - its in the middle of the page "installer and bootable CD".

Then make the Bootable CD, boot from that - image the drive to a removable device - turn off the laptop, change the drives over - boot from the CD, and image it back. Should depending on the spec's take around 1-2 hours total.

I made these rough videos a while back -- shows making the CD - imaging to a USB drive - imaging back. Bootable CD and imaging (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_qMoM8n46I) ( first part shows the folder on the USB drive) then Imaging back (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-2eTb0OWwo). Dont worry about the background noises :rolleyes: just me mucking about while getting bored.

27-11-2010, 06:09 PM
Dont think I will image, will try to just do a direct copy.

27-11-2010, 06:14 PM
So you have two drives, and are going to connect to one PC and clone ??

You cant just copy the folders over, it wont work -- anyway, windows wont let you.

27-11-2010, 06:18 PM
yeah I know, I have 2 external ide 2.5" hard drive cases and a P4 pc with 6usb ports.

27-11-2010, 06:43 PM
how do you intend to copy the drive from one to the other ?

As previously mentioned, you cant simply go copy/paste -- it wont work.

27-11-2010, 06:49 PM
possibly use the Activ@ thing gary said

27-11-2010, 06:57 PM
I have been using Easeus Todo Backup. It's free. You can create images of a disk and has disk cloning. All worked fine for me.