Complications in cloning hard drive from 100GB to 160GB


R

rnott

Hi,

I'm running Windows XP, service pack 2 with all recent updates
(laptop).
For the last couple of years I have been using a 100GB hard drive
(2.5" Hitachi ATA 5200 RPM), which I want to upgrade to a 160GB hard
drive (2.5" Seagate ATA 5200 RPM).

Using the "EZ Gig" cloning software, I can create a clone of my 100GB
drive onto the 160GB drive, but EZ Gig creates a 100GB partition on
the 160GB drive, leaving the rest of the destination drive blank. (I
guess that's the meaning of the term "cloning").

My questions to you revolve about what I can do to get my 100GB drive
"cloned" to the 160GB drive and still get a single full 160GB
partition on that destination.

- Do you know a way to expand the 100GB clone partition to the full
drive size of 160GB?

- Or is there any other cloning software that would do this in one
step, i.e. create the clone, but on a larger partition?

- EZ Gig can also create/restore drive images, can the cloning process
be done this way, perhaps in multiple steps?

Can you think of any other solution?

Thanks for any advice.

Wolfgang,
Goleta, CA
 
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D

DL

You would need a third party tool to expand your partition, eg Partition
Magic

True Image can clone to a larger hd, and utilise all of the new drive
 
G

Guest

DL post is dead wrong on cloning.With a formatted hd,cloning 100GB to a
160GB hd with the 100 using say 10% of space,the 160GB will end up with
the 10% data and the rest of the hd will be free space,youve already
formatted
the full 160,youre cloning the data,not the hardware...As for software,xp
already
has cloning software installed,simply format the new hd in xp,once thru go to
run,type:XCOPY C:\*.* D:\ /c/h/e/k/r Agree to all in the DOS window,once
its thru,C: is now on D: D: being the new hd,if asigned diffrent
letter,then use
that letter.
 
R

rnott

I need an IDENTICAL, BOOTABLE CLONE, except for the additional free
space on the bigger disk. Will XCOPY do that?

Wolfgang
 
B

Bill Blanton

No, Do not use xcopy to clone a drive. Use appropriate cloning software, and
resize the cloned partition(s), or create new volumes in the free space.
See DL's post for a couple of options. BootitNG is another.


I need an IDENTICAL, BOOTABLE CLONE, except for the additional free
space on the bigger disk. Will XCOPY do that?

Wolfgang

On Aug 24, 11:40 pm, Andrew E. <[email protected]> wrote:

[snip of bad advice]
 
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Patrick Keenan

I need an IDENTICAL, BOOTABLE CLONE, except for the additional free
space on the bigger disk. Will XCOPY do that?

No.

Xcopy absolutely will *not* do this. It cannot create a bootable disk.

Download the free trial version of Acronis TrueImage, about 100 meg,
www.acronis.com. Reboot, and clone the disk in manual mode - in
"automatic" mode the option to change target partition size is not
available.

When done, swap the drives and uninstall the trial version, or buy it.

You'll be done in under an hour.

There are also other Imaging programs that can do this; I haven't used them,
as TI has done the job for me every time.

Aside from the fact that it won't do what you want, xcopy can easily take
many hours to copy the files.

HTH
-pk
 
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