Hard Drive Contents Copy

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Hi,
With recent problems to my hard drive, I bought a new one. Setting it up etc is all fine. I just have one question:

How can I copy the exact contents of the old hard drive (still connected) to the new one? Same Windows version everything?

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I am not to sure that it's possible to copy your OS as it is onto a new harddrive for many detailed reasons which i will not mention. You can use Window Xp's Files and Settings Transfer wizard to obviously transfer your files and program settings from your old harddrive to your new harddrive. You can in detail information about this whole process from here

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodte ... tfset.mspx

Hope that helps you in some way :D
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You could use imaging software such as Norton Ghost.
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Is that free? Am I right in thinking I can just drag the contents over...?
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ghost is not free... legally... in the US.

you can't just drag over a whole drive with like dos/knoppix and expect it to work.
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It's a norton product and they are never free, it might give you a free trial for mayb 15-30 days but then you will have to purchase it. Secondaly if you just want to copy your data files and not settings then yes the fastest way it to cut/copy from your old harddrive and paste to your new harddrive. I will recommend that before you copy anything from your harddrive scan it with a good antivirus to get rid of any harmful worms or viruses you might have in your old harddrive
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So dragging the whole contents over will work? Everything will be the same?
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No, you can not just drag and drop all of the contents of your old hard drive to the new one. It will not work.
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Ok just clearing that up. So Norton Ghost is the only way?
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Did you read my post correctly ? I said you can only drag your data i.e music files, documents, movies, exe filesand so on. You can drag almost everything onto the new harddrive but only the above things will work as programs and softwares will require a reinstall to work on your new harddrive
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I read your post just fine.

Ghost is not the only solution. There are others but not free.

You could look into DriveImage XML
http://www.runtime.org/dixml.htm

It is free but I, personally, have not tested it.
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I was not talking to you grinchy :lol:
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There are about 10 million programs which do this, just recently I upgraded from an 80 gig to a 160 gig. I think I used Powerquest's software, but I'm not sure.

Torrent search Hiren's boot CD. It's got the software you need on it. Trust me, it's really simple with the right software.

If you have a CD that came with a new drive, that may also have good software on it.

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