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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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univision-computersCommented:
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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Ghoti_AZCommented:
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.
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PUNKYCommented:
You might not need to purchase any clone software for this simple task, get a free tool from the link below and do clone:
http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm
 
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CallandorCommented:
BootItNG http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootit-next-generation.htm will let you clone a drive and has a trial period which will cost nothing.
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SysExpertCommented:
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 !
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noxchoCommented:
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
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univision-computersCommented:
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.)
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nsalamericaAuthor Commented:
im going to test some of these options and see what works..
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