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Clone/replace Main Hard Drive

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#1 mitchshrader


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Posted 09 November 2003 - 08:38 PM

The following instructions presume 3 things. 1. That the drive (replacement) is as large or larger than the original drive. 2. That the replacement drive is not larger than 127 (real) or 137 (nominal) gigabytes. 3. That you have a working CD burner.

These instructions are for modern (NTFS) Windows versions. They are not appropriate for 9x/WinME versions without adjustment. WARNING~You will be making a drive image on the ORIGINAL drive, which will take considerable space. It is not possible to do this without significant free space, Approximately 1/3 the drive. If needed, move, backup, or delete files BEFORE YOU BEGIN!

1. Back up critical data on hard media . Defragment (old) drive.

2. Install Clone (new) drive as slave to old (master) drive, OR as master drive on 2nd IDE channel. Check jumpers, cable connections.

3. Boot to (old) drive. Format (new drive) as NTFS (memory cluster size 4096K recommended!) If you wish to partition the (new) drive, you must make EACH partition for which you wish to create an image from the original drive (equal to or larger than) the original partition that it will be replacing.

4. Install Acronis TrueImage (clone program) and make CD Bootdisc.

5. Reboot, and press Delete Key (or whichever key is appropriate for your system) on startup to go into BIOS.. Set CD ROM as first boot device. Insert TrueImage BootDisk in CD ROM. Press F10 (or whichever key is appropriate to save settings on your system). Confirm.

6. Boot to TrueImage BootDisc. Make DRIVE IMAGE of original drive. Store Drive Image on SAME DRIVE. If space is limited, this may require extreme compression. This process can take up to several hours on large drives with minimal free space.

7. Reboot to TrueImage BootDisc. Follow the prompts to copy/clone (old drive) to (new drive) by copying from the stored drive image. Remove TrueImage BootDisc from CD ROM.

8. Shut down the machine. Swap (new drive) for the (original drive) and check that jumpers are set appropriately (master, default). DO NOT install (old drive).

9. Restart machine. Press Delete (or whichever key is appropriate for your system) on startup and enter BIOS, set [Hard Drive 0] as first boot device. Press F10 (or whichever key is appropriate to save settings on your system). Confirm.

10. Boot to (New Drive) and test for correct copy. If instructions were followed and error did not occur, the New Drive will contain an exact IDENTICAL copy of all files which were on the original, (even if (new drive) is a larger drive). Keep the original drive as insurance for restoring until all files, functions and configuration settings have been throughly tested. :D

Edited by mitchshrader, 09 November 2003 - 08:51 PM.


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