cloning hard drive

  keef66 13:05 18 Oct 2007

The 80 gb HDD on the pc at home is just about full despite uninstalling redundant stuff and frequent use of CCleaner (I blame the kids). It's so full it won't complete a defrag, so I plan to install a new 250gb hdd as slave then use Acronis TI 10 to clone the entire disk. Then I'll set the 250gb drive as master, and make sure it works before reformatting the old drive.

The new disk is an oem; once plumbed in as slave, is there anything I need to do with it before asking Acronis to clone to it?

  DieSse 13:28 18 Oct 2007

I'm pretty sure Acronis will walk you through the whole procedure.

My older version 7 did - so I'm sure v10 will do an even better job.

If you buy a Seagate drive, you can even get a free (cut-down) version of Acronis from the Seagate site, which is specialised for doing the "new drive + cloning" job, too.

  eedcam 13:30 18 Oct 2007

Had my hard drive changed what the guy did was transferred all of the old drive complet with Operating system and all my aplications to the new took about 20 mins for about 50G/bytes The thenew drive was then fitted and made the master and . Windows never even blinked .Dont know what software he used but not Acronis I have that yes you can clone or backup with it but you will never know if it is going to work till you try it.Though many swear by it and some at it

  keef66 14:01 18 Oct 2007

just remembered I have the pdf manual for TI10 on my laptop here at work. Looks like you're right and it will guide me through the whole process.

Thanks both for the input

  keef66 09:44 19 Oct 2007

I hooked the new drive up as slave, and tried cloning to it from within windows. Acronis saw both hard disks correctly and walked me through selecting the various options, but because I was cloning the drive I was working from, it needed to reboot as the first step. I clicked OK, and it shut down, but when restarting it wouldn't go beyond the post beep. Tried it several times, but something was clearly stopping it from firing up properly.

Did a bit of Googling and decided to try booting the pc with the Acronis disk in the drive. Acronis fired up and allowed me to clone the disk without bothering Windows at all.

Old disk out, new disk in as master, everything's lovely!

  keef66 11:45 19 Oct 2007

Oh, and Windows insisted on reactivation because of the hardware change.

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