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How do you copy an entire Hard drive to another hard drive

Question: How do you copy an entire Hard drive to another hard drive

I have a friend who has a Pentium 900, and has a 40 gig hard drive that is almost full and he just bought a 60 gig hard drive.
He wants to know how or if you can copy everything you have on the 40 to the 60.
He is running windows ME, is this something that can be done and if so what are the steps or instructions for doing this?

Regards,
Dan

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Preferred Solution: How do you copy an entire Hard drive to another hard drive

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You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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Hi guys,

does everyone knows a free software that allow me to copy a full website to my HD?
 

Answer:copy a entire Website to my hard drive

What I do is I access my website via FileZilla and then I download it that way and or go to my hosting service and then do a backup that way of the entire website.
 

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Hi All,
I will try to keep this to the point. I want to backup/copy my entire xp drive to a second drive then disconnect the second drive and keep it for when this one fails or the system starts giving me so many hassles it calls for a full reinstall of windows. I have installed the backup utility from the xp home cd. I don't want to use boot floppy's etc, i just want to be able to connect the other hard drive and have every thing running as it was previously.All is running great at present so i figure now is the time to do it. Is it possible to do this with the backup utility or do i need Norton Ghost. Never used either. I'm sick of reinstalling windows after dodgy programs stuff the system or through my own silly mistakes ! Looking forward to suggestions.
Brunoboy.

Answer:Backup/Copy Entire System to a 2nd Hard Drive

Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image would be your best bet. Either one would be able to make a direct image of you drive as it is now and be able to just put that image onto your hard drive at any time.

PS I have edtied the title to remove the Caps. No need for them.

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Okay here is the story. My laptop has a ton of valuable information on it, recently my Norton protection ran out and was unable to renew it.

Well somebody hacked my system and now I have a ton of viruses, trojans, and malware. So I was still able to use my PC for internet usage and my music still played in Windows Media Player. So all in all my laptop still worked.

Now today I go to turn on my laptop, and it will not boot up at all. I can't even system restore or repair it with windows repair.

However I do need to back up my files, and since my hard drive is what is wrong in the first place.

I think it might be better, instead of copying the entire hard drive to my 1 terabyte external hard drive, if it would make more sense just to copy my entire user profile onto my external?

I am wondering if this is possible. i have heard of LiveCD's and Parted Magic from this forum. But I am wondering if I can just back up all of my files that way.

If I can back up all of my files like that, I might save money instead of taking to a repairman and just fix it myself.

So is it possible to copy and back-up the entire user profile of a laptop that will not boot up to an external hard drive?

Basically I want to copy the entire contents of my User Profile on Vista onto an external drive, so I can use my reboot CD to reboot my laptop, without losing any of my files and folders or anything for that matter.

I figure the best way to do that would be to copy t... Read more

Answer:Copy entire user profile to external hard drive

Have you tried a repair install? If that is possible that will leave your files intact.. It is a good idea to back on a regular basis anyway.

The other possibility is connecting your hard drive as a slave drive on another pc.

If the repair install is not possible there are a number of ways using boot cd's to access your data.

Here is one solution that is free and should do what you want
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/rk-express/
 

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Is there a way to be able to copy my entire hard drive (operating system, programs, etc) to a portable hard drive and still have it work on the portable unit? I know in the past, I have taken a hard drive out of a desktop computer and it worked that way, but I have never tried this.

I want to wipe and reformat my hard drive on my laptop and would like to have a working backup if I ever need anything on it without having to put everything back onto the laptop hard drive as I may never need some of this info again.

Thanks,

John

Answer:Copy entire operating system to portable hard drive?

No .. I can only speak for USB drives. What happens with usb is everytime you plug in a device usb resets. So if you have windows out there on a usb drive and it is doing an in page and you plug in a usb device and the usb resets... well that is not good. I think win 98 will run on a usb drive, not xp though. Second xp will not install at all on usb.

Yes this guy I work with has xp that boots from a usb flash drive. Actually it is some sort of a shell that xp is running in, some othre program. Very unsecure.

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Hey guys, kinda new here, hopefully I'm posting this in the right forum section.
I'm not that super oriented with computers, I'll give it my best shot to explain what's going on here.
In short my PC just won't start. The light turns on, it boots up, and then I get a black screen with text referring to either "Start Up Repair (recommended)"
or
"Start windows normally"
If I choose start windows normally, it brings me to the black booting screen with the windows flag, then it proceeds to go back and restart the system, going back to the black screen. OR More likely it just stays stuck on the glowing windows flag.
This also occurs if I press F8 and go into safe mode. After listing all the components before going into safe mode, it simply restarts itself and goes right back to the black screen of the two choices.
If I select Start up repair, a grey loading bar appears below that on occasion freezes. If I manually reset the computer try it again, I get to a blue windows default background screen and the message
"Startup Repair
Your computer was unable to start
Startup repair is checking your system for problems...
If problems are found, Startup Repair will fix them automatically. Your computer might restart several times during this process.
No changes will be made to your personal files or information. This might take several minutes.
Searching for problems.. (this is beneath a blue bar that has been going on for at least an hour)
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Answer:Windows 7 won't boot past possible broken Hard drive attempting to recover/clone/copy hard drive

It sounds to me as if your Operating System has been damaged beyond repair, and that you only option would be to re-install your system using the 'Return to Factory Settings' facility provided. Unfortunately, this would mean you would lose all you data, and, from what I can tell from your posting, you have not taken a back-up so you cannot repair your PC at present.
You first need to remove your heard drive and connect it to a working PC either as slave or in a caddy, and use this to copy all your data onto a new external device.
OR
Once connected to another device, you could partition your Hard drive and copy your data into a second partition.
Once you have your data copied, return the HHD to your own PC and re-install your system from scratch.

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Changing entire ownership of entire hard drive any risks etc ?

I am using method of

Right click entire hdd

Properties
Security
Advanced
Change owner
Advanced
Find now

Name - In Folder
Users - Computername(mine is for example Furkan)
Ok this makes me even able to enter inside of System Volume Information folder

Can this cause any problems in future?

For example if i format windows can i still access these harddisks without any problem ?

Are there any details, detailed information, article about ownership of files / folders on windows 8 ?

ty very much

Windows 8.1 x64
Also changing windows having driver - boot driver ownership from Trustedinstaller to user would cause any problem ?

Answer:Changing entire ownership of entire hard drive any risks e

When I took ownership of C:\ There were numerous popups saying it was unable to take ownership of various folders & subfolders.

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Hi. As I'm unable to boot up my old computer and need some files off it I removed the hard drive from it and attached it to the 'slave' connection on a working computer's hard drive. The working computer boots up OK but having done this what program do I use to get files from the non working computer's hard drive?

Answer:How to copy from slave hard drive to master hard drive?

You don't need any special program.

Did you set the jumpers on the HDD to slave. If the HDD in your old computer was a master, the jumpers are probably set to master. You'll need to put the jumpers on slave if you are going to add it to an existing IDE cable as a slave. When you restart your PC enter the bios and see if the bios detects this new HDD. IF it does you should be able to enter your OS and it should be detected as a new drive letter.

Then just find your files and copy & paste to master HDD.

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My hard drive started making funny clicking noises and the pc pitstop checkup gave me a response time of 77ms and a warning that it could expire shortly. So i bought a new 80 gb hard drive, installed it, partitioned it no problem, but i now want to swap all the data from my old hard drive to my new one (os and all), and then junk the old drive.
How can i do this without spending money on software that i will probably only use once or twice.
Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks

the pipster
 

Answer:How can i copy my failing 8gb hard drive to my new 80gb hard drive?

For free:

XXClone
HDClone (free edition only smaller to larger)
DriveClonerXP
PCI CloneMaxx
 

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I'm trying to use Norton Ghost to copy my hard drive to a new usb external hard drive. I am trying to use clone in Ghost advanced, but when I get to the section where it asks for source and destination, I see Disk 1 - (c - DISE_backup (d, and for destination I see the same thing. How do I get it to identify my usb hard drive designated as (I in my computer.
If I try backup in Ghost basic, I am able to choose the destination by going to my computer and clicking on the drive, is there a way to do it in advanced Clone?
Is there a better way to copy my old drive to the new one? I'm using win ME, the old drive is 40 gig, and the new one 250 gig Seagate.
Also,I used Seagate disk wizard to install it, and when i click on it in my computer it recognizes it as a 250 gig, does that mean that 250 is usable, or do I have to partition it?
PS
ya know, I actually thought that this was gonna be easy!
 

Answer:can I copy my hard drive to an external usb hard drive?

I used DriveImage XML (freeby probably availabale here at MG) to copy a backup from my C Drive to a maxtor USB 100Gb USB drive with no probs whatsoever. Moreover I tested it to reinstall to the C Drive for a minor program and it did the job hassle free.
I don't like anything Norton turns out, personal opinion based on bitter experience.
Give Drive image a try!
However I hope you undersand that you cannot boot from the backup - it is only a backup - booting is a different situation altogether
HTH
Robert
 

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I currently have a pc with two hard drives running under XP Home. The master HD is a 40 gig and my back up is a 14 gig. I will be buying a new pc that comes with a 80 gig HD and XP Home. I want to copy all non os data from the old pc's master to the new pc's HD. I then want to use the old 40 gig as my back up in the new PC. What is the best way to do this. Thank you in advance for any info you can provide me. gig
 

Answer:copy hard drive contents to a new hard drive

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Hi, I recently took apart my old computer, and when I installed the hard drive from the old into my new rig (as a secondary HD), I got problems.

Whenever I try to access the HD, it takes a hideously long time to do anything (10x slower than my other HD) even though they are both IDE, and both the same specs. Also, while the HD loads data, the mouse skips across the screen. (instead of a smooth motion as normal) This makes playing games like CS Source a nuisance, as it makes an awful noise and lags the whole computer down just to load up steam. Could this be because of temperature? Or something else?

Also, my computer is a generic Dell with stock motherboard, nothing special here.

Answer:Hard Drive Causes Entire Computer to Lag

Could be that the hard drive is on its way down. You say it makes a awful noise. That is usually the first indicator.

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I have a Dell Optiplex GX270 (Slimline) computer. When I bought the computer originally, it only had a 40 GB hard drive installed. I now have a 120 GB hard drive ready to install into it. The thing is, some of the programs I have on the 40 GB can't just be moved over to the other drive (ie Office 2010). So what I want to do is install the 40 GB into another computer I have which boots off of another hard disk, and copy all of the files (OS and all) to the 120 GB, and put the 120 GB into the Optiplex. Will the OS still work if every single one of it's files if copied over to the other hard drive(Including the installed programs)? My plan is basically mapped out below:Old Hard Drive: 40 GB IDENew Hard Drive: 120 GB IDEWhen I move the 40 GB into the other computer, the other computer boots off of a SATA drive and has a cable for 2 IDE hard drive to be connected to it, so I can transfer the files.Ask and Answer. The way of learning.

Answer:Move entire XP onto other Hard Drive?

Get a ribbon cable with 3 connectors. 1 for the board and 2 for the hard drivesSet the new hd as slave.Use the hd manufactures setup utility to setup your new hd. They are free.Need power to 2nd hd? Unplug molex to cdrom or get a splitter.The new hd can just be sitting on a non conductive surface for nowSetup new hd. Reset jumpers to master. Remove old hd. Replace ribbon and molex to cd rom

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My current hard drive is an internal 120 GB hard drive. It has 2 partitions, one housing Windows XP Pro and the other housing Fedora Core 5. If I bought another hard drive, say 300 GB or so, how would I go about backing up my current hard drive so that I could boot off of the backed up one in the future? Basically I want to copy everything on the current hard drive - not just files, but the boot record, everything, so it's bootable. If the new hard drive is bigger, will this cause a problem? Will I have to make partitions first?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Backup entire hard drive?

You could use Norton Ghost and copy everything onto the other hard drive. I've seen it done before at Best Buy.

I don't know if you can keep your XP license though; you'd have to talk to MS about that.

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I am trying to reinstall windows 8, but when I do it says it can only find the MBR and that my disk isn't large enough.  My hard drive is 500GB and the partition says it is 14 and it can't find any other partitions or the rest of the hard drive. 
 
I can only boot into the system using the disk (which I can get into a cmd prompt). 
 
Any suggestions?   I came across this because my computer wouldn't load anymore and just keep scanning for disks for days.
 
Thanks in advance!

Answer:Can't find entire hard drive only MBR

WIth CMD on the windows 8 install disk, I ran diskpart and it only shows Disk 0 , Status: Online, Size 14 GB, Free 0B.  Nothing else. 

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Okay, I'm about ready to throw in the towel or throw out the computer. I've been trying to reload windows xp pro because it seems i lost my drivers and now i can't get internet or my internet games to work or much of anything else. I also got errors trying to reload xp.... so, how do i reformat my hard drive.. clean and pretty and start fresh..... its just a dell window xp pro 2gb ram.. nothing special... and how do I know that my reboot disks for windows xp are good??
 

Answer:Wipe my entire hard drive

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I bought a larger Gig USB external drive to copy all of my files onto in case of a problem with my windows XP Pro Drive and when I try to copy or paste it over to the external drive it gets to some files and says it can not copy because they are in use and nothing is running at the time I am trying to copy everything off my computer to the external hard drive. Is there another way to do this without having to buy a program I can not afford to do on social security?

Answer:copy internal hard drive to external hard dri

What are you trying to copy, the entire HDD contents? What would be the point of that? You can't run Windows or any programs from the external drive using the copy/paste method & you can't copy windows files that are in use. If you want to create an entire backup of your system, there's plenty of free software available for just that purpose. We need an better explanation of what it is you want to do.

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Sager 5793 laptop. In safe mode, Avast found win32:autorun[wrm]. deleted worm, left 497 files unreadable cyclical redundancy. Clean-up instructions said to install and run AVG8 to double check. Didn't find virus, but found the unreadable files. Now computer won't boot at all. Sager said to remove hard drive, put in external enclosure (SATA) and try to retrieve unaffected files. The only file which shows on the drive is $AVG8.vault$ containing 30 files with names like V_00000001.fil 1.06 MB total. This drive's properties read capacity 186 GB. 85.2 GB used. I really need to retrieve as many of these files as possible as they contain free lance graphics projects and our income tax data (deadline tomorrow!!!) Our house was hit bu two tornadoes a year ago, so my back-up schedule fell to the wayside during the moves. PLEASE HELP!
 

Answer:entire hard drive now in $AVG8.vault$

Forgot to add that this is a Windows xp sp3 operating system.
 

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Please help me! I made a big mistake today and I have no clue how to fix it. I've been searching for a long time but can't find anything on the internet. I think this is the best place I could ask for help so here it goes:

I have an HP Pavilion desktop. It came factory default with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and I've been using it for years. I saved all my important files and photos on it. Recently, I had the thought of dual-booting a Windows 8.1 OS on it. I watched quite a lot of videos and it seemed pretty straight forward. I also have a Windows 8.1 product key.

At the installation, there were so many issues. They were all relative to how my licence is not valid and such before I'm even given the option to enter one. I found out that I could create an EI.cfg file to get past it and install Windows 8.1 without a licence key and activate it later. Then for the last time, I got an issue saying that Windows can't be installed on my hard drive partition 3 (which was a 64 GB NTFS primary partition that I created with my Windows 7 operating system.) So, I couldn't install it. I even went back on my Windows 7 operating system to reformat the volume to NTFS but the problem remained.

Then, I found online an article about cleaning the volume using diskpart instead of disk management. I got lazy this time and decided to just follow the instructions on the Windows 8.1 installation disk. I pressed [shift] + [F10] to launch command prompt and got to disk part. Then I selecte... Read more

Answer:Cleaned My ENTIRE Hard Drive. How can I restore it?

hi welcome to the forum. I just have a question for you. when you said you did an image backup where was the backup stored at? was it on an external drive or the same drive the OS is installed on? if was on same drive then you are most likely out of luck using the backup image.

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Hi,

I have read about all I can read about backing up a hard drive and am a little confused.

I have F'd up 2 images of hard drives using Norton Ghost - I must admit... I understand what I did wrong. Both attempts were trying to backup a duel boot laptop system that I worked on for months to get where I wanted.

At the end of it all I ended up getting all my DATA back but lost the OS and all my customizations on bothe the WinME and WinXP partitions.

So, I could use some guidence.

I think that these are the most important questions that I have - but feel free to give a noob some more advise.

Q.1

Does an image take a complete image of EVERY sector of the hard drive, including the bootsector and the MBR and the partitions ??? or should you image only the partition (I imaged my partitions and thats where I killed myself)

Q2.

If you have a 60GB Hard drive and the OS and all programs take up only 30 GB and you image that entire drive. That drive dies. You then purchase a new hard drive, and its a 120GB drive. If you RESTORE the previous image from the OLD 60GB drive to the new 120GB drive will there be any problems ???

Thank you tremendously for any Guidence you can give.

PEACE,
Pitch
 

Answer:Guidence with IMAGE of entire Hard Drive

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My friend was gonna borrow my computer for a bit so I tried to make a guest account. Seeing as Windows 10 removed that feature for whatever reason, I made a new blank user account. I tested it out and noticed I still had access to all the files on my storage drive, which is exactly the opposite of what I wanted the new account for. So I went back to my admin account and edited the permissions on the drive by removing everything in the security tab "groups or user names" box other than administrator, assuming that would allow only me on my admin account to access it. However, now I get "/g is not accessible, access is denied" when I try to open it even on my admin account. In an attempt to fix it I've enabled sharing for 'Everyone' and made sure all permission boxes were checked for Administrator. How do I regain access?

Answer:Accidentally locked myself out of an entire hard drive?

Set the user account that you log into as the owner of the files / drive:

http://winaero.com/blog/how-to-take-...in-windows-10/

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I have windows 7 and windows 8 installed on one hatd drive different partitions. I would like to make an image or some sort of back up that will restore everything to the current condition, applications files drivers. Is this possible and what is the best way to accomplish this. Thanks in advance!

Answer:Is it possible to create a back up of an entire hard drive will two bo

My problem was I already had both os's installed and I got a nasty virus and I couldn't accomplish anything on the computer so I wiped the hard drive with the clean all command and reinstalled everything, I dont want to do all of this again and im not sure if a disk image will work for the entire hard drive or just the os it was created in. On the same note I created a disk image after I originally installed everything but I couldnt get my computer to read it when I tried to use it last night so I did the fresh install.

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i just bought a new computer running windows 7 home edition. my question is, can windows 7 make an entire image of my hard drive including (and this important) the recovery partition? If It can can anyone please tell me how. i need to have a complete backup of my hard drive in case of hard drive failure. Your help is greatly appreaciated.
elcoppo

Answer:backup entire hard drive including partitions

  
Quote: Originally Posted by elcoppo


i just bought a new computer running windows 7 home edition. my question is, can windows 7 make an entire image of my hard drive including (and this important) the recovery partition? If It can can anyone please tell me how. i need to have a complete backup of my hard drive in case of hard drive failure. Your help is greatly appreaciated.
elcoppo


A better backup program than Windows backup is Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download It backups whole partitions. You just need to tell it which ones to backup and on what schedule and it does the rest. I have restored my partitions several times and have never had a problem. A large portion of the members here use Macrium. You need a large HDD for the backups as it makes an image of all of your partition on each backup, not incrementals unless you use the pay version of it. I bought a 500 GB drive that I use for only backups and delete the older ones every few weeks. I think you will like it.

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........... i've heard that DBAN is the best for wiping the hard drive clean, removing all trojans/ malware, everything!!!! no malware can survive!!!!

...........but i've also heard that it only erases WINDOWS os, which seems to mean that if you run DBAN, and you ave been using UBUNTU/ LINUX, that you are under the false impression that your hard drive is really clean when it is not!!!!!!!!

is that true?

thanks
 

Answer:Wiping entire hard drive clean - linux

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Virtual Hard Drive requires to format while creating, will that format the entire disk drive partition also?
 

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Hi, I just tried to uninstall a piece of software and it began removing my entire hard drive. I noticed the unexpected file names scrolling past and killed the process. It seemed to be going in alphabetical order and I no longer have any folders starting with 'a' on my computer (all my adobe software is gone ). Is there any way I can undo something like this? I suspect there isn't so is there any log kept of exactly what was deleted? I have backups of pretty much everything, but it's obviously extremely time consuming to recreate my computer so a list of what was deleted would speed things up a bit. Thanks.
 

Answer:Add/remove program removed entire hard drive

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I just installed a 40GB hard drive on my laptop and after installing xp pro it only recognizes 4000mb as the entire hard drive. I went to disk manager and it shows the rest of the hard drive as unallocated space. What can I do to get it to recognize the rest of the space so I can use it. Did I do something wrong when installing xp pro?
 

Answer:Problems with XP Pro recognizing entire space on new hard drive

If you right click that unallocated space, you can assign all that space to another partition, which will show up as another drive.

Before you get too far on your laptop though, I'd like to mention that 4GB for your OS drive, especially with XP, is *very* small.

My OS drive is 10GB (I haven't repartitioned in 4 years) and I still run out of space on it unless I install most everything on my D drive.

Your best bet would be to either a) assign that unallocated space to another drive, or b) better yet, re-install XP, but *format* the entire drive as NTFS, and make sure you assign at least 10GB to the drive you'r'e installing on (and alllocate the other 30 to another partition, for storage or whatnot), or c) just format it and assign *all* the space to one drive, and install to that. It'll serve as your OS *and* storage drive.

I personally would recommend b, as that's what I have for my laptop setup. It works great as long as you don't install anything and everything you lay your hands on.
 

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Hello all,

Does anyone have the "How to" on moving an entire folder from your Microsoft Outlook 2000 inbox to your hard drive. I know how to move individual emails, just wondering if anyone had info on how to move entire folders at once...

thanks in advance...
 

Answer:How to move an entire folder from your inbox to hard drive

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Hi, I have an external hard drive with 1 TB of space. I have a feeling my PC is about to die and so I want to back up my entire system (not just individual folders) onto the external hard drive before it does. Can this be done via Windows Explorer and if so, how? Or is there a better way of doing it?

Many thanks.
 

Answer:How do I back up my entire system onto an external hard drive?

Could do a clone job.

http://www.xxclone.com/

This can give you some info.
 

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I've seen a similar problem in this forum, but I can't find the identical problem or a solution.

Simply stated, I made a copy of my w2k hard drive using ghost and when I try to boot to it, I get an error to the effect that the page file is missing or too small. Safe mode doesn't work either.

Read on for more details. I have also posted this to Western Digital and am awaiting an answer from them.

I want to install my new drive as my master because I believe I am having errors with my existing drive.

I have a master drive (C: ) and a slave (F: ). Most of the data on the slave got there by running the drive to drive copy (not the install new drive) selection from data lifeguard (Western Digital utility).

Because I learned in the past that I cannot successfully boot from the copy made by data lifeguard, I used Norton Ghost (version 10.0) to copy from my old master to the new drive. Ghost has an option that says it can be used to install a new drive.

I'm pretty sure I kept the jumpers and physical drive locations straight through all of this. Here is where I am at. I was careful.

If I try to boot from the new drive as master with no slave, the boot fails. It tells me the paging file is missing or too small. I do not have this problem booting from my old master with no slave. In both cases the slave is physically disconnected. If I attempt safe mode with the new drive, I have the same problem.

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Answer:Can't boot to hard drive copy - no pagefile & drive letters confused

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When installing a larger main drive, how do I get the drivers copied onto the slave before I take out the main one?

I wonder is there a simple way of doing this, I am using Windows XP home edition, the PC is an oldish one and isn't any specific make, so I can't get any clever programs from the manufacturers site, any idea?

Thanks

I had just had this recommended, I wonder is it a safe site, safe program?

http://sourceforge.net/projects/drvback/

Thanks
 

Answer:How do I make a copy of my drivers onto a slave drive, when upgrading hard drive?

Yes sourceforge is safe.

That is where I get many programs myself.

.
 

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Hi,

My Fujitsu Amilo Li1705 laptop has been reaching full capacity (80gb) for a while so I decided to get a new hard drive.

I've updated the RAM from 1gb to 2gb with no problem.

My hard drive has arrived but with no cables, instructions etc. and searching the web has proved just as unfruitful as most sites refer to external hard drives.

I don't have an external disc so was wondering if there's any way of copying everything over. I've heard of temporarily taking the CD drive out to have the two drives at once but wouldn't know where to start.

Any help/ instructions would be much appreciated.

Many thanks,

Dale
 

Answer:Replacing Fujitsu hard drive - how to copy without external drive?

Obviously you did not build a Recovery Disc originally?

You can just order a Recovery Disc from HERE

If your machine is not supported, then then sometimes the Fujitsu forum members will help, at Their Forum

That's 3 ways of getting your Recovery media. I hope it helps
 

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I need help. I was trying to clone my laptop drive to my new drive using Copy commander but when I had the new drive partitioned, it will not allow me to clone my drive. But if I do not partition it, it works. Any input would be appreciated......!!
 

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Hi, I have an issue, my main hard drive is about to die, and I need to try to copy it to my other drive so I can take it out and just use my other drive as my main drive and boot windows etc. from it.Is there a way to do this? I already have stuff installed on my second drive which I don't want to lose so I don't want to have to format it in order to install windows onto it.If there any way at all of just copying everything from my dieing drive to my other drive so I can just take my main drive out and use the other as a main drive.My main drive was a temporary replacement for my last hard drive that died, it is only 40GB IDE, and my secondary drive is  a 250GB SATA (if that helps) I am also running windows XP pro SP3.If you need any more info, I will do my best to tell you anything you need to knowThankyou in advance.

Answer:master hard drive dieing, can I copy it to slave drive?

http://www.dtidata.com/resourcecenter/2007/04/23/how-to-slave-hard-drive/

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Can anyone please walk me through the process of copying my entire hard drive, including the hidden system partition, to a new drive?  I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T42, 2388-DUU machine with a 40GB hard drive that is basically full.  I want to upgrade to a 160GB drive, and I'm concerned with losing the information on the hidden partition.  I'd like the upgraded drive to function exactly as the original drive, including being able to access the Rapid Restore & other functionality. What's a good process to do this, and what software do you recommend using?I have Norton Ghost 10.0, but haven't figured out a way to backup both partitions at the same time?  Also, I am backing everything up to an external USB hard drive, and then plan to put the new 160GB drive into the machine, and copy it back.  Is there a better/easier way to do this? Thanks!Jason

Answer:Copying entire hard drive including the hidden partition

Norton Ghost is not recommended much anymore for such operations. Acronis True Image seems to handle overall cloning much better & is far less problematic (especially with Windows WGA). The problem I ran into on my system was that I the G40 would not recognize the external USB (than all he11 broke loose )Either way, I still stand by Acronis & have used it successfully on several occassions.

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If I want to completely and securely wipe my hard drive so that there is nothing recoverable left, will a clean win 10 install with formatting do this?

Or do I need to first use killdisk or something similar to wipe the drive, then install windows?

if I use a tool like that, will I still be able to install windows 10 by creating a bootable USB? or will my USB drivers be gone, and if so, how should I do this?

Sorry I'm sure this has been discussed before, but I tried searching for a guide on this process and all I'm getting are the basic instructions on a clean install which don't exactly answer these questions.

Answer:Will a clean install securely wipe the entire hard drive?

You would need to use killdisk as I believe Windows Installer only uses quick format during installation to cut down the install time.

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If I want to completely and securely wipe my hard drive so that there is nothing recoverable left, will a clean win 10 install with formatting do this?

Or do I need to first use killdisk or something similar to wipe the drive, then install windows?

if I use a tool like that, will I still be able to install windows 10 by creating a bootable USB? or will my USB drivers be gone, and if so, how should I do this?

Sorry I'm sure this has been discussed before, but I tried searching for a guide on this process and all I'm getting are the basic instructions on a clean install which don't exactly answer these questions.

Answer:Will a clean install securely wipe the entire hard drive?

You would need to use killdisk as I believe Windows Installer only uses quick format during installation to cut down the install time.

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Very frustrated as I already found an answer to this once but did not record the procedure. Now I need to do it on another computer. Argh!

Using Win8.1. Logged in with admin level account. Trying to change user account picture by browsing to custom folder located on under C:\Windows. Windows does not show all folders. Even shortcut to folder on my desktop cannot be seen when browsing desktop.

I believe fix previously found was a REGEDIT hack, but no matter how I google, I cannot find it again.

Thanks for any help.

Cheers

Answer:Cannot browse entire hard drive to change user account pic

Hello Frustrated, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If you like, add that folder to your Pictures library. It should then be available to browse to and select.

Library - Add a Folder to in Windows 8

User Account Picture - Change in Windows 8

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi all,

Title says it all really. I want to share an entire hard drive (in 'PC x') with only 1 computer ('PC y') on my home network, without 'PC z' & 'Laptop q' having access to that drive. I know how to share the entire drive with everyone, but I'm stumped as to how to solve my problem. PC x, PC y and Laptop q are running W7, PC z has W8.

Any help's appreciated, many thanks!

Answer:Share entire hard drive with specific computer in workgroup

Join the two PC's that need full access to each others folders and drives to a Homegroup. Do not add any other machines to this Homegroup.

Remove the Everyone share from the Security tab of the special shared drive or else Everyone in the Workgroup will have access. You only want to share this special drive by using the Sharing Tab, set to Everyone, read/write as required. You really should only share out the C:>Users folder rather than sharing the entire drive.

Both of the Homegroup machines will have full access to all shared folders and drives on all machines in the network but the machines outside the Homegroup will only have access to folders or drives which are shared to "Everyone".

This is the best and by far the easiest way to set this type of selective User sharing up.

Any questions let me know.

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I have a Dell Latitude laptop, 4 gb hard drive, 128 mb memory, I have no back up disks to restore the laptop. Can anyone tell me how to copy a drive image of the hard drive laptop to my external 40gb hard drive please?

Answer:copy drive image to external hard drive?

You need software that can create a snapshot image of your laptop hard drive.Acronis "True Image", Norton "Ghost" are betterknown ones. Try EBay or Amazon for deals.

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I have 3 hard drives and boot options of windows 7 64bit or Vista 32bit.
Drive 1.
E: 74gb
Windows 7 64bit bootable.
Drive 2.
D: 186gb
Only used for documents.
Drive 3.
232gb Partitioned into C: 64.45gb and K: 168.43gb
C: Vista 32 bit bootable.
K: is just for documents.


I want to copy my E: drive (windows 7) to my C: partition (wiping out Vista) and keep my K: partition intact.
If successful I will boot from C: then format my E: drive.

Can I do this using windows 7 backup?

Answer:Want to copy a system hard drive to one partition on another drive.

You can use the "create a system image" feature in Backup and Restore to make an image of your drive 1, but first you would need to shrink the size of the drive , because it is larger than the partition with Vista on it and to restore the image the partition has to be equal or greater than the Windows 7 installation. Before attempting to move Windows 7 to your Vista partition, I would back up all your data on the K partition as a precaution. If you do that, then you wouldn't have to resize the Windows 7 partition. Then after restoring the image to your Drive 3, you can always recreate the K partition and move your data back to. Either way, back up that data on the K drive first, before doing anything. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

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Can anyone tell me how to copy the entire contents of my 3gb UDMA hard drive, including XP home- to my new 80gb SATA hard drive.

Answer:How do I Copy UDMA Hard Drive to new Sata Drive

Save all your documents to a CD or DVD and re-install XP

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I want to copy an access database from a zip drive to a hard drive. Can I simply just select the database and do a copy and paste or is there anything else involved? Also, what would be the easist way to make changes to the database on the hard drive and have them update on the zip drive and vice versa?
 

Answer:copy access database from zip drive to hard drive

That should do it.
Copy/paste or click and drag.

To "back up" the database regularly?
Copy and paste over.
There is no EASIER way without getting very involved.
Since the drive is just for a simple backup, I would keep it simple.

Please make sure you're compacting your Access DB on close (Tools-Options, General tab, in 2000 and above), so that it doesn't unnecessarily get bigger and bigger.
 

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My daughter's PC has an 8.4GB HDD which is almost full, I have bought a 20GB disk, which I have set up as the slave, to replace it, as I want to transfer everything across to that disk. Having studied this forum it seemed that Drive Image 7.0 would be the easiest solution, but I don't seem to be having much success as the PC now won't boot - something to do with the PQRE but it's all a bit beyond me! I have loaded XP PRO on to the new HDD, can I just drag across the programmes that I want and load any programmes that I have the disks for, or is it not that simple? All advice appreciated.

Answer:Best way to copy full hard drive to larger drive?

but I don't seem to be having much success as the PC now won't boot - something to do with the PQRE - Give some more details?can I just drag across the programmes that I want and load any programmes that I have the disks for, or is it not that simple? - you would to reinstall programs.

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So yesterday i found out that my system assigned "low integrity level" to my entire non system hard drive. Because of that i had issues with files and software on that drive.

Is there a way to remove that "low integrity" or raise to a higher level? Right now out of 3 hard drives only this one has has that integrity thing mentioned on a security-> advanced page.

My second questions is - is there a way to disable inheritance of permissions for the entire hard drive? I've accidentally set all of the files and folders to inherit the permissions on a drive security page but unfortunately you can only disable the inheritance on each folder individually which would take too long.

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How do I (in one operation) copy my HP Pavillion "C" drive with Windows XP over to a Toshiba Canvio 320 external hard drive??? It would seem that this must be a simple operation.

Answer:copy the c drive to an external hard drive

"What would be the use of this copy operation?"I was going to ask something similar. What would be the point of copying the entire C: partition to an external?

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Hello,
My PC was somehow configured so that I cannot copy files from the internal hard drive to a USB pen drive (e.g., to make a back-up).

When I try to do this, I get the following message:
"Destination Folder Access Denied
You need permission to perform this action."

There is definitely enough room on the USB drive.
The USB drive is configured with a password, which I entered correctly after plugging in the drive. After doing this, I am able to see the files from the drive. The configuration is such that I can copy files from the USB drive to the PC's hard drive, but I can't copy in the other direction, which is what I need to do.

This sounds like a Windows permissions issue to me. I have taken ownership of the file in question, and I have assigned full control to that file. That has not solved the problem.

Any ideas?

Many thanks.

Keith

Answer:Can't get permissions to copy from PC hard drive to USB pen drive

Quote:
"Destination Folder Access Denied


That is obviously a problem of the USB Stick.
Are you sure it doesn't have a lille switch that prevents writing to it.
Or ask the person who set it up with password access and all if he also installed some sorts of write protection?
-DG

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I have a M50 - 8187 Think Centre and I see on the motherboard and in the manual that there is a SATA 1 and a SATA 2 connection. I tried to hook up a SATA 2 hard drive but when I connect everything up using a SATA data cable, there is nothing recognizable in the BIOS. I took a 30 gig IDE hard drive and hooked it up as a slave and the BIOS recognized it right away. My question is, can a SATA hard drive be used on the M50 Think Centre series and if so, what do I have to do to get the SATA 2 controller recognized in the BIOS. I updated the BIOS to the latest version, but this did not help. I see no where in the BIOS to enable SATA. Any help regarding my problem is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!! Ken













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Answer:Installing a SATA 2 Hard Drive with the first hard drive being a primary IDE Hard Drive

You never will have to 'Enable' SATA for it to work, are you sure your plugging in the sata power cable ? The question may also be can your machine handle this drive, not can the machine handle sata. I would reccomend running a bios update, and then trying again. 

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Are the any good programs that will copy every file including all windows system files to another hard drive with out causeing any problems in regards to missing .dll files so on. any free programs

Answer:Copy Hard Drive to another Hard Drive

There is a version of Acronis true image on the current PCW mag. You may be able to download an evaluation copy if you visit their website. click here

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I have a 2.1GB WD hard drive that's getting older and as a precaution want to install a 2nd hard drive 5.3GB WD to D:\ (E:\= CD ROM) as Master Slave and have it act as a total replacement hard drive if the 2.1 crashes. Then I can switch the 5.3 to the primary hard drive and be ready to go.

What I'd like to know is, "What is the one or two recommended ways to copy the whole disk and ALL its programs and their files to the 2nd new hard drive? I want this to perform just like I have it today. I have Windows 95B(OSR2). I have many programs and games on the 2.1 and don't want to have reload them if something goes wrong.

I've read several articles on this but can't quite understand the process and there seems to be some inconsistencies in the advice.

You're help would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

dw
 

Answer:Copy hard drive 1 to hard drive 2

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Hi all,
 
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

Answer:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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a friend has asked me how she can copy a fiends disk which she has been lent, she has only one drive and i believe the only way to do this is copy to hard driven then burn a disk, my question is, how does one copy to hard drive in the first place? xp projohnny.

Answer:copy to hard drive then burn a copy

If it is copyrighted material that needs to be copied, then it can't be discussed on this forum. But if it's just a collection of files we can help.

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Given that I recently lost my hard drive and want to make sure that I am better prepared for this in future I just wondered.Can I use Nero to copy my entire C Drive to the separate drive on my PC or am I just wasting my time?I've read about Acronis TI and its use on here but wondered whether the Nero app that I have will do the same thing. It has a back up facility.I have also looked at click here which seems to do a similar thing to Acronis?Thanks.

Answer:Can I just copy my entire C Drive to my D drive?

I have used this for a couple of years:click hereIt is free, but to get the 'incremental' back up facility it costs about 28.It makes the target drive bootable and every time the PC boots up it gives you the option to boot from the cloned drive before Windows starts.So if C is corrupted just reboot and start with the other drive. No messing with making bootable CDs etc.Without the incremental version it will do a complete back up each time which will take much longer. Mine takes about 3 mins to do an incrementalfrom 100gb of files.

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Hi, I'm installing a second hd in my pc, 20.5 gig. 7200 rpm. My old one is just 7.5 gigs and I pretty sure its 5400 rpm, I read where the fastest drive should be the master. Should I use a progam like "Drive Copy" to copy my hd, then transfer the files into the new drive while it in the 'slave" mode. Then switch it to master and format my original drive and make it the slave?
 

Answer:Drive Copy and new Hard drive

That would work.
 

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I don't want to format my OS. But can I copy my current OS drive to a partition on another hard drive ?

I'm planning on using the hard drive that has the OS in my current PC in another PC.

Will Reflect do this for me ?
 

Answer:Copy OS Drive to another hard drive

You'll need to change boot order on bios and select the correct disk to make windows boot again.

Whatever software you use, use it when windows is not running, aka live cd.

clonezilla, ping, acronis, reflect, paragon, etc
 

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Hi all,I am replacing my pc shortly and would like to transfer all my software and settings from my old "C" drive onto my new pc but not xp (I am getting a new xp so as to get a voucher upgrade to the new Vista or maybe it will be a better idea to run the xp from my old pc and buy Vista as it comes out!!)Can this be done and if so what software do I need. :-? ThanksNed

Answer:New pc, copy hard drive

The software will need to be reloaded from the original CD's for a correct installation. Windows should be installed when you get the new machine, whatever it is. Just copying that over onto new hardware seldom works. Data files are easily burned to a CD/DVD for movement. Special instruction are availabel for easy transfer of e-mail, IE settings, addressbook, etc.

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I have XP Home SP2 and would like to copy the whole of the Hard Drive to an USB external hard drive as a back up so that I can do a quick restore if my drive crashes.Can anyone tell me how to do this,and if I need to restore to a machine that will not boot,can I just copy it all back? Don

Answer:Copy Hard Drive

Acronis True Image click here

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Question: Hard drive copy

Can i use the x copy command with win me.

Answer:Hard drive copy

Try xxcopy instead - click here

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I have an encylcopedia on dvd which i want to copy to my hard drive, i do not have a dvd burner only a cd burner would it be possible to burn it over a couple of cd's as back up.

Answer:copy dvd to hard drive

try a program called smart ripper

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Question: copy hard drive?

this may not be the right spot for this, so sorry, but i didnt see a compatable option.
what would be the easiest way to make a complete running back up of a hard drive.

i have about 15 programs i use frequently, and it seems every 6 months or so for some reasson i wind up having to do a reformat of my comp.
what i would like to accomplish is get a fresh setup with all the programs installed and running, then make a copy of that to another hard drive, so if i do have to reformat, i can just reload the existing setup instead of having to reintall all of those programs

any ideas?
 

Answer:copy hard drive?

Norton Ghost
 

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in my few years of using computers i have quite successfully managed to destroy several computers to the point of needing a hard drive wipe and start from scratch. so i have recently bought an external hard drive the same size as my internal one and im basically wondering if its possible to keep an exact copy without having to manually save a file to each hard drive every time i change something. mabye for example if it was possible to automatically update the external drive once a month or something, does anyone have any ideas about something i could do? your advice would be much appreciated, thanks

Answer:hard drive copy

I use Norton Ghost click here but others prefer Acronis click here

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I've got an XP with a 120 GB Hard Drive that is making clicking sounds. It's still working, but it's probably going. Before it goes, I'd like to copy what I have on it on to another hard drive.

1. Do I put the XP os on the new hard drive before I copy the old one on it?

2. And then what's the proceedure for copying the entire hard drive onto the new one?

Thanks for any information.

(No, this is not the computer I'm using now.)
 

Answer:Need to copy Hard Drive

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Hey I have 2 different hard drives on my pc and one of them has the Windows 7 Beta, and the other has Windows 7 Ultimate full retail version and I was wondering if there is anyway I can get all my files and games and stuff from my Windows 7 Beta onto my Windows 7 Ultimate without having to reinstall or redownload everything?

Answer:Hard Drive Copy?

Files should be no problem, just copy/paste, but there is no good way to move programs without reinstalling them.

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February edition of PC Advisor?Helpline told someone how to transfer all their files from one hard drive to another. I also want to be able to do this but the information given didn't work on my Win XP Professional system. I have installed a new hard disk which is blank and I want to be able to make it my main drive by copying everything from C across. The information given was for someone running Win 98. I typed in XCOPY32.exe /c/h/e/k C:*.* H: (H being my new hard drive) but my computer says it can?t find file xcopy32.exe. I tried with xcopy.exe which is in my windows system32 folder but it just created a file on H: called recycler. My old drive is 40GB with FAT32 The new Drive is 80GB with NTFS file system (this was the only choice I was given) The jumpers on the drives are on auto detect I have a cable with one black master connector and one grey slave connector. I intended to copy all the files to the new drive and then change the cable connectors over. Can anyone help?

Answer:Need to copy everything from C: to New Hard Drive

You will need software such as Ghost that I have seen mentioned here (try a search) to copy all data across.

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Question: Hard Drive Copy

Wanting to copy Win Xp Home from a 40 gig to a 200 gig hard drive. What is the best prog to use?Thanks in advance.Allan

Answer:Hard Drive Copy

Norton Ghost is my preference. Or otherwise Acronis TrueImage.

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Question: Copy Hard Drive

Hello All,
Thank you in advance. I currently have a Maxtor 200g hard drive. It contains pictures, wav, mp3, etc.

My question is how do I copy all these files on to a NEW hard drive on someone else's compter? The hard drive has yet to be installed.

I am running Windows XP Pro. The new hard drives will also be installed on pcs with XP OS.

Thank You All for looking!
 

Answer:Copy Hard Drive

There are a few options here.
1. Put the old HDD in with the new and transfer the files
2. If they are on a network you could transfer the files.
3. If they both have network cards you could buy a crossover cable and transfer the files.
4. If they both have USB ports you could network them via USB cable and transfer the files.

Easiest (if you are comfortable with hardware) and cheapest would be #1. Assuming your 200GB HDD is your primary HDD you could just use the IDE cable from the optical drive on secondary master (unhook any slave) on your friends computer. This way you don't have to mess around with jumper settings.
 

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Usually I can copy a CD ( or DVD ) on my hard drive by using copy/paste.
With some DVD's I run into problems and therefore I wonder if there are
better methods available.The problem is that it indicates 20 secs remaining but then
the computer freezes,the DVD turns and turns.
I use Windows XP.

Thanks for suggestions

Anton ABC
 

Answer:How to copy a CD ( or DVD ) on hard drive

Some DVD's are copy protected, not sure if this is your issue or not.

Maybe the DVD is damaged?

.
 

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Question: Hard Drive Copy

So my C:\ has been filled to the max for too long and I want to copy everything to a larger hard drive. The current size is 30 GB and I'm thinking the new one would be like 300 GB or so.

Was just wondering what you think the best way to copy it is? Was thinking of ghost, but I don't have the room to store an image. I just want to copy from drive to drive on the fly. Was also thinking of copy functions in DOS, but will the new hard drive size be an issue?

My main problem is that the current drive is filled to the brim so it will be tough to install new software in windows, but do-able if its not too big. Any suggestions?
 

Answer:Hard Drive Copy

Both Acronis or Ghost have a clone feature, so storing an image is not really needed, just clone on the fly, swap drives and get back to work in some minutes
 

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Question: Hard drive copy

I have a computer that has the SATA
The power source is gone on it, put new one in, still will not work. How can I get the info off of this drive? I have a dell without the SATA that is working fine, but I really need to get the info off of the other drive. I teach school and I have a lot of teaching stuff I need to get off of it. How do I do this? Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Answer:Hard drive copy

I think you would need an external enclosure, one that accepts SATA

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Question: Hard Drive Copy

I know there are many Hard Drive copy programs. I need to make 8 duplicate copies of a hard drive to be in 8 identical computers. The one I have configured has Windows XP, Office 2003, AVG antivirus, Zonealarm fire wall, and all the Microsoft updates. I just dont want to have to do this 8 times!Anyone know what would be the best free program to use to duplicate this drive??

thanks
ray
 

Answer:Hard Drive Copy

you'll want to look here
http://www.majorgeeks.com/downloads3.html
I think most would pay for Acronis since its a highly reliable imaging program.

for a freeware solution, you may try DriveImage XML
 

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Hi all,

Just grabbed a new backup/data drive for my system, and I'd like to copy my OLD backup drive over - hidden files and all...is there a more efficient way than drag/drop that'll automatically do it without all of the "do you want to merge" prompts windows hits you with?

Thanks!
RA
 

Answer:Best way to copy a hard drive

rampantandroid said:


Hi all,

Just grabbed a new backup/data drive for my system, and I'd like to copy my OLD backup drive over - hidden files and all...is there a more efficient way than drag/drop that'll automatically do it without all of the "do you want to merge" prompts windows hits you with?

Thanks!
RAClick to expand...

dd. live it, learn it, love it
 

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My laptop would not let me copy a video file from the hard drive to a flash drive. I tried using a different flash drive and also tried copying different files but it will not let me.
It then crashed so I rebooted in safe mode and scheduled to run error checking then rebooted. The process of error checking froze on the final procedure and I had to reboot the system.

The message that appears on the popup when trying to copy an item is :

" Could not find this item.

This is no longer located in C:\Users\Me\Documents. Verify the item's location and try again."

I am running Windows Vista and I have checked and the file is definitely present and I can open it and edit etc at will.

Dell XPS M1530
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T8100 @ 2.10GHz
4GB RAM
320GB Hard Drive
Any help please I'm really confused as to what has happened and need to be able to move files around freely.

Thank you
 

Answer:Can't Copy From Hard Drive

Did you install SP1 for Vista?
 

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I know that its supposed to be simple but here it goes.
I want to make a mirror image copy of my C drive onto my F drive? What do I need to do?
Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Copy one hard drive to another.

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What is the best way to copy the content of a DVD/CD to my hard drive ? What programs
should I use ?
Appreciate your help

AntonABC
 

Answer:How to copy a DVD on hard drive

If you're interested in content only - any file manager will do including Windows Explorer or My Computer. If you would like to emulate the CD or DVD on your hd, than you need to make an image of it and use virtual drive utility (just google it to find more).
 

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Sorry if this has been answered a million times but i did search through the forum first and couldn't find what I need, so...

How can I consolidate all of my movies I own from DVD discs to a compressed easily playable format on my hard drive so I can categorize and watch them on my computer without messing with discs?
Is that what divx converter does?
If so, is divx the best one to use as far as ease of use, time to convert, quality to size ratio? I'm not trying to sell or copy dvd's, i just want an easier way to store and watch the ones I already own.
Also, with this same compressing solution work on DVD's that I've already saved to my HD in DVD-player format?

Thanks!
 

Answer:Copy DVD's to hard drive?

Yes you can do it if you purchase a proprietary software like "Clone DVD".
 

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I am sending my new pc back and want to copy the hard drive first.I have a spere 40 gb hd The present hd has a cable to it and to the dvd rom if i fit my spare hd in place of the dvd rom can i then copy all my existing hd to my spare one. If so how do i set the jumpers on it. Can i then fit it in a pc and copy it to that.Thank you Zebby

Answer:copy hard drive

Sorry forgot to say Win xp home

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Upgrading to new hard drive. How do I copy my entire old drive including partiotns onto the new hard drive?
 

Answer:How to copy hard drive?

Some hard drives come with a utility disk, which includes a DiskCopy. Or you could purchase a third party utility, such as Disk2Disk, see: http://www.fssdev.com/products/drive2drive/
 

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im so used to the xp version and now i dont know what to do. im using un-copy righted movies but i cant work out how to get them on to my hard drive, i have found everything else (like burning them to a disc) but i am so lost... can some one please tell me what i am doing

thanks

Answer:how do i copy dvd to hard drive

DVD Decrypter

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I made a movie with my camcorder and burnt it on a DVD.How can I copy this DVD on
my hard drive ?
What program do I need and how do I run it ?

Appreciate your help

AntonABC
 

Answer:How to copy a DVD to a hard drive

Use PowerISO to make an ISO image and store on your drive.
Then use prower ISO to mount the ISO to a virtual drive and play it.
You will need DVD player software to play it.
You will need a DVD drive on your computer to make the ISO image.
 

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I have a DVD which seems to stick about every 10 minutes when playing and then keeps jumping. I I turn it off for a time it will then run ok for a short period. as this is a holidy dvd I want to try and put it onto my laptop from the inbuolt dvd /cd drive. Any idea how I should go about this?

Answer:copy from dvd to hard drive

all the info you need and all the software is on this sote click here reckomen you use DVDDecrypter and DVDShrink . both freeware and downloaded fron that site

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I have windows vista and Norton Ghost.If I copy my hard drive to an external hd would i then be able to put it all on a new machine?Don

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no I don't think so,unless the new machine is identical to the first one - Hardware, etc

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I want to make a perfect copy of my hard drive to replace the present one in case of a disaster. Since I have XP will there be any problems with Microsoft when I replace the drive?
 

Answer:Copy Hard drive

Are you replacing your current one? Are you using the second drive as a failsafe backup?
But yes: with XP, even if you clone the drive sector for sector, it will not boot because Microsoft thinks that you took your drive and put it into another computer.
 

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How can I copy from one hard drive to another without copying the operating system. All I am trying to do is change from one hard drive to another bigger hard drive and on the old hard drive I have windows xp professional which I hate and have purchased xp home for the new drive so will not need the professional version but still need all my software and files from old hard drive so I will not have to reinstall all software is there a simple solution?

Answer:Copy from one hard drive to another

If the hard drives are IDE then make the new drive the Master and the old drive the Slave.
If they are Sata go into the Bios and select Boot priority and place the new drive at the top. Back out and save.
There is virtually no difference between the two versions.

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Question: Hard Drive copy ??

Is it possible to make a complete copy of an operating hard drive? Why? well if the current drive fails I could simply replace it with the copy.
 

Answer:Hard Drive copy ??

Yes, most of us use Acronis for cloning our HDs. See the following thread for details.

http://forums.techguy.org/hardware/780345-end-hard-drive-start-again-5.html
 

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I copied my system disk to an external disk. When I rebooted I think the mbr was screwed. The bios would boot and when It came to Win it would just set there. I finally unplugged all drives but the system disk and it came back. Then I put everything back and it was straightened out. I used Ghost to do the copy. I am ready to copy again. (the copy is for a spare)
Any hints on what happened?

Answer:Hard Drive Copy

If you have a problem with booting to a drive you can generally fix it by restarting installation of W7, and when you get to repair click on that, and it wil fistly scan you system, and repair any boot up problems. When I installed a couple of copies of W7 it placed all my OS' s on the one boot menu, 4 in all. Check below if this is irrelevant it maybe of help.

If you create a system image of the entire drive in backup it will work - type backup in search - select create a system image, and it will create an exact image of the drive.

Windows Backup provides you with the ability to create a system image, which is an exact image of a drive. A system image includes Windows and your system settings, programs, and files. You can use a system image to restore the contents of your computer if your hard drive or computer ever stops working. When you restore your computer from a system image, it is a complete restoration; you can't choose individual items to restore, and all of your current programs, system settings, and files are replaced. Although this type of backup includes your personal files, we recommend that you back up your files regularly using Windows Backup so that you can restore individual files and folders as needed. When you set up scheduled file backup, you can choose whether you want to include a system image. This system image only includes the drives required for Windows to run. You can manually create a system image if you want to include additional data driv... Read more

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I'm trying to back-up our office DVR system that came with some very expensive software (and the warranty on it has already expired.)

So I bought identical hard drives (to the ones installed -- 3 total) so now I need to make one-to-one copies from the originals. My idea was to hook each drive pair (original and backup drives) to my other Windows 7 desktop and do the copy, but what software shall I use?

(Again, all I need is just a 1-to-1 copy because the source and destination drives are identical.)

Thanks in advance!

Answer:How to copy hard drive 1-to-1?

I use easeus disk copy just burn it to a cd and boot to it.

Sorry can't post a normal link I'm on my phone.

http://www.easeus.com/disk-copy/

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I have a new and bigger Barracuda hard drive I bought from Dell. My skill level and experience is "intermediate" with my 2003 Dell Dimension 8250. I have had 4 hard drives. The one I now have was a small spare my computer shop guy gave me free, but it is only 20 gig. (Now full.) It is still working well. It is an IDE connection.

What I am thinking to do is make an exact copy of OS and all contents onto the new drive. Then I would have the new bigger one and keep the old, still good one, so I could boot up with either one. My PC shop can not copy IDE drives. He suggests just reinstalling OS onto the new drive.

Is there an easy way to make a bootable exact copy of the old drive onto the new? Or should I just start over on the new? (And keep the still working old drive as a spare?)

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OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.40GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 1022 Mb
Graphics Card: 128 DDR ATI Radeon 9700 TX w/TV-Out, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 19085 MB, Free - 4599 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Computer Corp., , , .. .
Antivirus: ESET Smart Security 4.2, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled
 

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My laptop has a hard disk fault which although annoying does not stop it working. I have a new hard disk and would like to copy or ghost the whole of the old disk onto the new one. Old one had Windows ME, about 15Gb of data etc, new one has Windows XP loaded - will it be possible to transfer old to new with different versions of Windows? Is there any site on the internet I can upload the whole lot, swop drives and download again? I do have a 1Mb broadband connection.I understand it is normally simple on a PC as both disks can be connected on same system but cannot do this on a laptop. Any suggestions?

Answer:How to copy one hard drive to another?

Connect the old drive in place of cdrom/cdrw/dvd and start the computer, you will see the drive and can then copy all of parts of it onto a folder on the new drive.

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can anyone tell me how to copy one hard drive to another hard drive in DOS? the HD that i want to copy does not have a OS.

Answer:copy hard drive in DOS

I believe it is copy *source* *destination* (replacing *source* and *desination* with the drive letters)

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Hi folks, I'm shortly going to have to upgrade my machine, I intend to build my own. I do however get on well with w2000 which I alrady have + lots of apps on the current HD. Is there an easy way to copy all this to a new drive. Ghost9 looks good but needs 256 ram and I've only got 192 on here less whatever the graphics uses. Tnx in advance? yaesu

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Have a look at either XXCOPY or XXCLONE (on Google) for a FREE program.I've used XXCOPY for three years now with no problems (touch wood!!)

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