Switching Hard Drives

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by pumpingirony, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. pumpingirony

    pumpingirony Guest

    Is there any way to switch Vista from one hard drive to another?

    I've recently purchased a new hard drive, considerably larger than the one
    the computer came with. If possible, I'd like to avoid re-installing Vista
    and just move it from one drive to the other so I can remove the original
    drive (with its paltry 150 gb) and run Vista off the new 500 gb drive.

    Is this feasible, or do I need to go the long way round and re-install
    pumpingirony, Jun 18, 2008
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  2. pumpingirony

    David B. Guest

    A drive imaging utility such as that from Acronis will do the job.
    David B., Jun 18, 2008
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  3. What you want to do is to CLONE your current HD to a larger HD.
    This is a common need when upsizing your HD, and most HD
    manufacturers have free utilities on their websites that you can use to
    clone the contents of HDs of their own make. Otherwise, cloning
    utilities such as Ghost, True Image, Casper, etc. can be used. Be
    aware that you want to copy the MBR as well as all the partitions,
    so be sure you're CLONING and not making an image file. Most
    3rd-party utilities do one or the other best, although most claim to do
    both, and it may not be clear from their terminology which is which.
    For cloning, I find Casper 4.0 to be an excellent utility.

    Timothy Daniels, Jun 19, 2008
  4. You've already got good advice. Let me add that it can be done
    even without obtaining additional software.

    Check http://winhlp.com/node/66 for details. The good news for
    Vista is that robocopy is already included.

    Hans-Georg Michna, Jun 19, 2008
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