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Best Software To Upgrade Hard Drive?

Sunday, February 17th, 2013 by | Filed Under: Hardware & Peripherals, System Tune-Up Help
 
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Paul from NW Chicago Suburbs writes:

What is the best way to copy all the information on one hard drive and put it on another when upgrading to a larger hard drive, including the Windows XP Pro operating system. I want to go from a mechanical hard drive to a SSD.

Answer:

If you want to upgrade your hard drive from a mechanical hard drive to a SSD (solid state drive) and keep your information, you’re going to need a program to clone the hard drive. Cloning the hard drive will copy all of the information from one drive to the other. The trick to cloning a hard drive is that you will need another hard drive at least as big as the original drive in order to copy successfully without advanced methods like resizing partitions.

EasyUS Disk Copy Home Edition, provided by EasyUS, is the best software I have found to do this. You can download it by clicking here. Once you download and run the software, you’ll be prompted for either a USB flash drive or blank CD (CD’s tend to work better) to create the boot disk to perform the copy. The software will guide you through this process. 

Once the disk has been created, you can install the new SSD (make sure to leave your old hard drive connected for now) and boot your computer up with the “Disk Copy” disk. Make sure to change your BIOS settings to “boot from CD” first or, if your computer has a boot options menu key (may be Esc or F2 key), to select your CD/DVD drive as your boot option. Disk Copy will open and you will select “disk copy”, then press “next.” Select your source hard drive as your old hard drive and press “next.” Select your destination drive as your new SSD and press “next.”

You will receive a confirmation screen to verify what you are copying. Click “proceed” to copy the disk. The disk copy can take many hours to complete, depending on the speed of the hard drives and the amount of information to copy. Once the process has been completed quit the program. Unplug your old hard drive and start your computer with the new SSD.

EasyUS provides a great FAQ section you can access by clicking here to learn more.

-Tim

P.S. If you would rather copy your hard drive inside of Windows (plus have a great backup program) a fantastic software for disk imaging and copying is Laplink Disk Image. WorldStart offers it by clicking here.

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2 Responses to “Best Software To Upgrade Hard Drive?”

  1. Mark says:

    I have used ToDo and it worked ok but I have found Macrium Reflect to be easier to use, plus it worked in one situation I had where ToDo did not. I don’t remember the details but I know ToDo failed and so I went looking and found Reflect.

  2. Brad says:

    I use EaseUS® Todo Backup Home which has a free trial ($29.00 if you decide to keep it) which I prefer because it allow me to do my disk clone while still in the operating system. The benefit is that I can make sure all drivers for my new drive are installed, especially when moving from HDD to SDD. The software also recognizes that I am moving to SSD and optimizes the clone for the SSD drives. I was first hooked on this method when I decided to upgrade my gaming RAID 0 gaming drives which were a pair of Raptors to a RAID 0 SSD set. The clone went flawlessly, and because I had already created my SSD RAID, and recognized it with Windows 7 which installed the drivers in advance, I had no issues with drivers when I booted from my new RAID. Also, Windows 7 did not require any re-authentication or other interaction. Just changed my BIOS to boot from the SSD RAID, and I was off and running, albeit at a much fatser speed.

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