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Hard Drive Upgrade

I want to get a larger hard drive to function as my C drive.  Can I mirror the current C drive onto the newer, larger drive, or do I have to reinstall everything?
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PUNKYCommented:
You should image the current drive to bigger drive using Acronis or any cloning software you have. You just can not mirror it.
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SysExpertCommented:
Plenty of program can be used to transfer everyting to a new hard drive.

Symantec Ghost, Acronis , and also some free options from terabyte.

I hope this helps !
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SysExpertCommented:
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nobusCommented:
you can image it to a larger drive, as said, but it will be installed the old size partition. you'll have to extend it, or add a second partition, which you can do wit bootit-ng (see link above)
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kkransCommented:
I have cloned/copied partitions between harddisks with help of Norton Partitionmagic.
It works really well!

http://www.symantec.com/home_homeoffice/products/overview.jsp?pcid=sp&pvid=pm80
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SysExpertCommented:
Also some of the partition and image programs are OS dependent.
WHat OS is this.

What type of partition is C: ( Basic, Dynamic etc. )

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seramaiAuthor Commented:
Now when you guys say mirror or transfer, am I to take that that I don't have to reinstall.  I know about mirroring and transferring in a general sense.  Will I have to reinstall Vista or is the mirror enough?
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SysExpertCommented:
You should use Ghost or Acronis to make an image of your old drive onto the new one with the option of changing partitions sizes.

You should not need to reinstall anything.

I hope this helps !
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kkransCommented:
With Partitionmagic it boots into its own thing (DOS) and is totally OS independent.

No need to reinstall anything, just put in the new drive... clone, remove the old drive (partition) and you are good to go.
You also can easily convert partitions from one format to another and size them if you will. I have worked with the software for ages and it have never let me down.
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seramaiAuthor Commented:
KKrans,

I am familiar with these things on some basic level.  Do I put the cloned copy on the drive before partitioning?  I'm not sure about the function of the partioning.  Is that to re name drives--the new drive becoming C and the onld C drive becoming something else?  Sorry to be such a noob.
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PUNKYCommented:
After clone, you should remove the old drive, keep clone drive there. When you clone small drive to bigger drive using disk to disk cloning, the whole new drive will 1 partition, but if clone partition to partition, then new and bigger drive will have exactly partition from old drive.
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kkransCommented:
Yeah and if the old partition/drive is removed the new one will become C:
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PUNKYCommented:
If during cloning wizard, you did not assign drive letter, then clone drive will be C after old drive removed.
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