Avoiding Hard Drive Problems

Posted on 2009-02-09
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I have a 4 year old PC, and I am running out of hard disk space, its only a 80 Gig Hard Drive.  I would like to just purchase a nice large hard drive and mirror my hard drive.  I would like to do the mirror gain the extra space and be up and running very quickly.  What are the best tools for this job?
Question by:CF_PRO
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    by:Lukasz Chmielewski
    mirroring gets you to raid 1 array which does not expand your hdd space, raid 1 has the space of the smallest of the drives. I think - where you're goint is to avoid hdd problems with expanding... the solution is to buy 2 hdd (+1 80 gb for mirror system drive to avoid crash) and to buy an extra hdd for an additional space.

    Author Comment

    Sorry I think I explained what I wanted incorrectly because of the term "Mirroring",  I just want to copy my data from my full hard drive to a brand new one (a much larger hd).  After copying I want to use the new hard drive and have it boot like normal, an exact "mirror" copy of the full hard drive.  After that happens maybe I will consider buying 2 more drives and goto raid 5 (but I think that will get expensive)
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    A product like Migrate Easy is what you want....

    There are free tools to do this but its a more complex process to reclaim the extra space.

    Author Closing Comment

    We nice product, I hope the product does what it says.
    Anybody have any experience with Acronis® Migrate Easy 7.0?
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    Expert Comment

    I have not used Migrate Easy but it's often recommended for this kind of thing. Also its maker Acronis is very well respected.

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