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HDD TO EXT

Hi guys,    I'm using a 2007 Gateway notebook running Vista. Has a 160G HD. Which is all screwed up now. So I ordered another one from gateway. And I also bought a 320G external HD for storage. So basically in a nutshell what I want to do just transfer all info.  into the external. And install the new HDD in my notebook clean. I tried once by dr. and dr. Some took. Some came back with errors. Somebody help.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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jordibartrinaCommented:
Try to use Partition Magic of Symantec. You can clone your old HD to new HD, DVD, Shared folder in the lan. After new installation you can proceed from DCD, Shared folder to your new target. It's easy and very safe.
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Brian PringleSystems Analyst II, SCM, ERPCommented:
What kind of errors were you getting?
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DevillemanAuthor Commented:
I don't want to clone it. Like I said it's all screwed up. I want to install clean. I just want to save my programs and my pictures and things of that nature.
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jordibartrinaCommented:
Oh, I understand,

Start with a livecd Winternals ERD Commander and copy/paste to a safe location, Winternals has a lot of tools for trobleshotting.
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DevillemanAuthor Commented:
My system boots fine. There's actually nothing wrong with the way it runs. It's just that my partitions are flip-flopped. What used to be D:\ is now E:\  and it's only 9.62G and is continuously filling up. And an IT guy at Gateway said I will be unable to recover anything off of it. So that's why I ordered a new one. And Microsoft states that Winternals is not available for purchase anymore. Plus I wasn't looking to pay just to transfer info. The drives got screwed up when I installed a new OS and apparently didn't do something right. This problem has been going on for months. I've already asked various members of EE to help me with this to no avail.
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jordibartrinaCommented:
Can you put this disc in another machine as secondary?
Then you should be able to access all data, save, copy and move partitions (if you want). but not to change drive letters!
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Brian PringleSystems Analyst II, SCM, ERPCommented:
If you can boot the system and access the files, you could purchase an adapter that will allow you to use this drive as an external USB drive.  You could put the new drive in the computer and then copy files from the old drive directly to the new drive.  

Something like this: http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=USB2IDE-25-35&cpc=SCH
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DevillemanAuthor Commented:
Hey btpringle  that's what I was looking for. But I actually want everything to be on the new external HDD I just bought to free up space. And if you noticed in my original ques. that's what I was having trouble with. Can I skip the step tranfering from drive to drive and just put everything directly to the external. And will I be able to keep the programs that I have?
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mttydCommented:
install windows to the new drive and see if you can get a converter for your old laptop drive so that it can be used in your removable enclosure or on a pc via IDE interface.  Once you access the drive this way just copy the data over to the external.
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Brian PringleSystems Analyst II, SCM, ERPCommented:
You can use the existing drive as an external drive without having to copy everything to the new internal drive.  However, you will have to reinstall Windows on the new drive and will have to install most (if not all) of your programs on the new drive.

I use those converters for when I want to upgrade a drive on a computer where I cannot put another drive into it, such as a laptop.  Usually, I do a fresh install of Windows on the new drive, connect the old drive to the converter, and copy the files over that I want to the new drive (now internal).  I have also used these to Ghost the new drive with an image of the old one.  

I also keep around an extra drive that I use with the converter just for backup purposes.  I backup my computers to it and keep it safely put away in case anything happens to the drive on any of those computers.

Just to make sure, when you are done, the new drive is going to be in the laptop, correct?
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nobusCommented:
i would setup a 2nd disk, to copy all data to; as suggested.
then you can use different ways to transfer the data : manually, (my preferred) or use the windows backup from accossories>system tools - or even both
Most programs you have will  need to be reinstalled; unless you have a 2nd PC and use a program like :
http://www.laplink.com/pcmover/pcmover.html      
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Computer101Commented:
Forced accept.

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