transferring OS from one hard drive

  boybrown 14:54 17 Aug 2006

Hi Folks,

I have set up a new hard drive and am wondering if it is possible to transfer then old settings and programmes to the new hard drive? I'm using to the old hard drive as a slave but have put a new OS on the new drive but obvioucly all my old setting etc are on the old drive

any suggestions folks?


  johndrew 15:20 17 Aug 2006

From your post I presume it is a new HDD in the original PC.

If this is the case why not use something like Acronis True Image to clone the old drive. If you don`t want all the information (like a second partition) you could create an image of you C: (OS drive) and install that.

True Image could then be used in the future for all your backups and (if necessary) recovery.

Other suggestion that I`ve not tried are:

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Hope this helps.

  johndrew 15:21 17 Aug 2006

Sorry I forgot Acronis click here

  boybrown 15:29 17 Aug 2006

Cheers for that. Can I just create an exact image of my OS then transfer across then?

  johndrew 17:23 17 Aug 2006

You will need to install the disk image. I think you would be better cloning personally. It`s quick and you can always delete after, or do a backup and install that.

  boybrown 19:23 17 Aug 2006


Thanks again for the suggestions. I tried to make an image and saved it onto the hard drive that I wished to install it on but when I used the boot disk to try and then place the image on the drive it would not complete it, you mentioned the cloning but i'm not sure about how I do this. I have ACRONIS but seem to be missing something (brain most likely). I have not got a DVD wirter so need to be able to do what i'm wanting to direct from one hard drive to another.

  johndrew 19:32 17 Aug 2006

I opresume you are using True Image 8 or later.

Open Clone Disk and a Wizard will start. Just click Next and follow instructions.
Use the Automatic mode it`s easier.
Select your existing drive.
Select your new drive

If you have trouble open the Help file select Other Tasks> Disk Cloning. It`s all there.

  johndrew 19:32 17 Aug 2006

`opresume` = presume.

Must get a new finger!!!!

  boybrown 20:04 17 Aug 2006

Ah johndrew,

No mines the old version. I'll go the the site and get the updated version. I'll get back but many thanks for trying!

  boybrown 10:05 18 Aug 2006

Hi there.

Yes the newer version of Acronis would allow me to clone across which I did but the clone won't boot either, this is really frustrating as it will let me put a clean install on but obviuosly I then lose all updates etc and have to start from scratch!

  johndrew 11:08 18 Aug 2006

Strange. Perhaps it`s time for a re-think.

I presume you are using XP?

Are you using SATA or PATA drives?

When you tried to reboot from the clone how did you do it?

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