Clone HDD - just a confidence check.

  wotbus@ 11:22 29 Oct 2008

My friend has asked me to replace his old, small HDD with a new larger capacity one, something I have not done before.
Will this method be OK:-
I mount his old HDD in a spare bay in my PC as Slave and use Acronis to create an image of it to one of my HDD's. (I have 2 with loadsa room).
I then replace the old HDD with his new one, also as Slave, then back-up the image to it and then install it back in his PC (as Master of course).
Any comments welcome and thanks in advance as usual :-)

  howard64 11:30 29 Oct 2008

I would suggest that you do not use your pc. Use acronis on his with the new drive as slave. Once transferred change the new disk to master and all should be well. Note with an old system you might find that you can only fit an ide drive not sata. Also make sure that when you change the drives over you connect the new one at the end of the ribbon cable not on the centre socket.

  wotbus@ 12:21 29 Oct 2008

OK howard64, thanks for the advice. That would seem a much better idea.

  wotbus@ 12:35 29 Oct 2008

PS: I have 2 SATA drives for some time now and it already occurred to me to check his PC and advise him which sort of HDD to buy, but can you confirm the Master HDD goes on the end of the IDE ribbon?

  howard64 12:43 29 Oct 2008

yes slave goes on centre

  wotbus@ 13:02 29 Oct 2008

Thanks VM, happy to do the job now :-)

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