How do I copy my Windows HDD?

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    Gir489

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    I'm trying to upgrade my 180 GB IDE 7K HDD, to a 250 GB SATAII 12K HDD.



    How do I do that? Do I just do a copypasta over to the drive, and then once it's done, I just set it as primary? Or is there a program that needs to be ran, so that Windows doesn't freakout when it sees itself on a different HDD?
     
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    No! Dont try this. You need some sort of Ghosting tool...

    If you copy / paste the drive expect nothing.
     
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    Yes it must be a proprietry program that can use the 'volume shadow copy' service, Ghost, Acronis True Image etc;
     
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    Aylen, May 12, 2007
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    You cannot copy files that are in use without shadow copy which you can't use as a standalone, back up utils can use it, as most of the system files, drivers etc; are loaded when the system is running simply copying and pasting will result in a non system.

    You need to clone the drive as is either from outside the system used a preinstalled environment disk like Bart's making sure all hidden files are included, or invest in a cloning utility, there are free ones to download from www.majorgeeks.com and other places which are free, use one of those and you will not only save a lot of headache but actually achieve what you've set out to do.
     
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