hard drive cloning software recomendation

I have a 400 gb hard drive that i would like to clone to a 120gb har drive- it only has abpprox. 8gb used. Does anyone have any software recomendations for this? preferably freeware..

This is a windows ntfs partition of win xp- it will be installed into the same computer- would i need to worry about any activation problems??
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Acronis DiskDirector is the best one i have used....it's not free though.  Well wortth the money, you can also un-delete partitions, recover data, as well as image drives as you requested.

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I would recommend CloneZilla (http://clonezilla.org/)- it's free, and rather easy to use.  Also, many retail-packaged hard drives come with a hard drive duplication tool that you also might be able to use.

As to your other question- as the Windows installation you are copying is presumably already activated, the only hardware it will see change is the hard drive itself, which in and of itself should not trigger a need for reactivation.  Even if it does, the worst that will happen is that you will have to call Microsoft for an over-the-phone activation which generally only takes a few minutes.

Naturally, the Windows license would require that you not use the copy installed on the original hard drive any longer.
You might not need to purchase any clone software for this simple task, get a free tool from the link below and do clone:
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BootItNG http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootit-next-generation.htm will let you clone a drive and has a trial period which will cost nothing.
ALso , some drives ( seagate etc ) come with a CD that includes a cut down version of Acronis, so that may be useful.

I hope this helps !
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Clonezilla is ok. Also try to use Backup\Restore process if copy fails. Drive Backup 9.0 Express can do backup\restore: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-express/download.html
On a lucky occasion I have also been able to use windows xcopy to just copy the files manually to a newly formatted disk and the computer booted.  Or try XXcopy which is even better:  http://www.xxcopy.com/index.htm
Syntax:    xxcopy  [Source]  [Destination]  /e/c/h/k/v/r/y
(some switches are not necessary but it won't hurt to use all of them.)
nsalamericaAuthor Commented:
im going to test some of these options and see what works..
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