How do I copy all my data from an old hard drive to a new one?

Bill January 16, 2012
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How do I copy all of my HDD including the recover partition to a larger HDD? I want to replace the original with a faster, bigger one.

  1. Mike
    January 16, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    In general any cloning tool capable to clone an entire disk including partitions should be able to do so.

    http://www.easeus.com/disk-copy/
    http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm 
    http://clonezilla.org/ 

    However, some manufacturers use a Host Protected Area for the recovery partition in which case you would have to look for manufacturer and model specific tutorials on Google. Sometimes those areas are borderline impossible to copy it even using Linux.

  2. Anonymous
    January 16, 2012 at 11:50 am

    perhaps you can set dropbox account upload all datas there then plug the new hdd and then redownload?

    http://www.dropbox.com/

    online storage
    http://www.symform.com/free-cloud-storage.aspx
    http://www.adrive.com/

  3. FIDELIS
    January 16, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Hello, you could use free software like clonezilla:

    http://clonezilla.org/

    The software I recommend for this kind of thing is paragon Drive Copy professional.  It is paid software though.  It does not take much time to accomplish the migration:

    http://www.paragon-software.com/home/dc-professional/

    You can also use PCmover:

    http://www.laplink.com/pcmover

  4. Chris Hoffman
    January 16, 2012 at 11:04 am

    There's no way built into Windows, but we've covered a number of disk cloning software packages here at MakeUseOf: 
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-ways-to-clone-and-copy-your-hard-drive/