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T-R-A

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The 40GB drive on my Compaq e-pc is showing signs of imminent failure. Anyone got recommendations for the best (and easiest) software to clone to a 120GB drive? (Running XP SP2 and both dries are IDE).
 

hunterjwizzard

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I use Win32 Disk Imager to make and write an image file of the disk, then Mini Tools Partition Wizard to expand it to the size of the new disk. Have not tied his on XP per se but windows 98 has no complaints.
 

GiGaBiTe

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You can do it quick and dirty in Linux with dd.

dd if=/dev/hdx of=/dev/hdx bs=1M

if is the source drive, of is the destination drive. Instead of hd, some Linux distros use sd instead. x is the drive letter, example would be hda, hdb, hdc, etc. You can use gparted to figure out the drive map.

If the drive is too far gone, there are some DOS tools that can do raw LBA copies. I had to do this once a long time ago on a failed IBM Deathstar hard drive.
 

hunterjwizzard

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Macrium reflect
I used Macrium for years imaging hard disks for a school computer lab. It worked well, especially with the ability to burn image CDs. Things got dicey after we made the jump from XP to Vista and a hard disk image could no longer fit on a couple CDRs.

These days imaging to a modern large format hard disk should be the cat's meow.
 

Moondog

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I used Macrium for years imaging hard disks for a school computer lab. It worked well, especially with the ability to burn image CDs. Things got dicey after we made the jump from XP to Vista and a hard disk image could no longer fit on a couple CDRs.

These days imaging to a modern large format hard disk should be the cat's meow.

I used to keep older hard drives around for storing images. It was nice when the entire image fit on a 2-6gb hard drive. Later on we'd build an image on a virtual machine. Then we needed to copy down two packages - the generic image, plus a hardware specific driver pack;.
 

nfraser01

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Macrium Reflect for anything modernish and Acronis TrueImage (2010 etc, not recent) for XP and prior. You'll need an older version for anything pre-PAE (Pentium III and earlier).
 
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