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new harddrive, need step by step guide

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Last Modified: 2010-04-26

i am planning to upgrade from a 80gb IDE hard drive to a 120gb sata HD.
please can someone post a step by step guide on how to do this without reinstalling all my software etc.

many thanks.

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If this is your boot drive, you will need to make sure you have a setting in the BIOS that will let you change the boot preference to the SATA drive when you are done.
- Connect the SATA drive to the system
- Use Ghost or Acronis True Image to clone the whole IDE drive to the SATA drive (do not just clone the partition)
- Shut down the system and remove the IDE drive
- Boot into the BIOS and change the boot setting to boot from SATA

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you do not need a third party program like ghost or true image.

make sure the sata controller drivers are installed in windows before you do anything.

drive manufacturers include data transfer capabilities in their (free) "install" utilities. they typically come with retail packaged hard drives, but you can always just download them from the manufacturer's web site (even for use on older drives).

western digital data lifeguard tools:
(available in bootable floppy or windows program)

maxtor maxblast:
(click on software downloads then diamondmax family, available in bootable floppy or cd image, or windows program)

seagate discwizard:
(available in bootable floppy or cd, windows program, or **ONLINE edition** works through your browser)

when you're done, shut down, unhook the old drive (at least for now), and set the sata drive as the boot device. after you've made sure windows is working ok, you can hook up the old drive & format it for extra storage, move it to another system, or just leave it there unhooked as a backup you know will boot up and work if it's needed.

I've had the most luck with maxblast, but acronis true image is definelty better.

note: you have to buy a maxtor drive to use maxblast...seagate for discwiz, etc


ty guys, 1st two comments both seem perfectly good ways and ty for the last tip, have split points 225/225/50 with my thanks
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