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clone (copy) a 3.5 inch desktop hard drive in windows xp

is there a way to clone (copy) a 3.5 inch desktop hard drive in windows xp

I want to put my old hard drive in my new machine
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skywalker39Commented:
Hi shopjd,

You can use Acronis Migrate Easy 7 to do this. Here's the link: http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/migrateeasy/
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PUNKYCommented:
If you have slone tool such as Acronis, Norton Ghost, Clonezilla, or similar, then just clone it to new drive.
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coredatarecoveryCommented:
It's better to clone the drive outside of the operating system as a good deal of the operating system's critical files are in use and not available to backup properly.

I prefer to use G4u or Clonezilla as they are very easy to use.

Ghost is good if you have it, acronis is excellent too.

Just don't try to cone the windows system drive while in windows, it's problematic.

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shopjdAuthor Commented:
how can I clone while not using the computer I wish to clone
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segurahCommented:
You use your computer (or another with the drive to clone attached to it) but don't boot by your OS, make a boot from floppy or cdrom.
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PUNKYCommented:
Either way, but why you have to take the drive out while you can do that easily within computer. You can hook the drive direct to system, or thru usb external enclosure, or even image to DVDs ...
Important fact is what clone tool you have there?
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skywalker39Commented:
You can even try to get away with using CDs..

But it does come down to which cloning tool you will be using as PUNKY mentions.
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shopjdAuthor Commented:
how can I boot from cd
without installing windows xp fresh
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coredatarecoveryCommented:
in the bios, change the boot order.
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coredatarecoveryCommented:
you can clone it on the computer you wish to clone to, from or with 2 usb adapters you can even use a laptop to clone one desktop drive to another.


XP will ask you to validate the new hardware though.

SO you will need to have a valid license sticker.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Your original statement is not quite clear. Are you going to migrate the old system to new PC? Or simply replace the old drive with new one?
In case you want to migrate system to new hardware then you need to use special feature like Adaptive Restore from Drive Backup 9.0: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-personal/
If you want simply replace the hard drive to new one then boot from USB flash drive created with Drive Backup 9.0 and select Normal mode - Drive Backup and use Copy HDD wizard there.
Also, you can perform the cloning operation in Windows mode following the instructions given here: http://kb.paragon-software.com/paragon/include/templ/object2.jsp?objId=1390
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shopjdAuthor Commented:
noxcho

http://kb.paragon-software.com/paragon/include/templ/object2.jsp?objId=1390
describes the process
step 3 'run our program'
there is no link to 'our program',  the links in the bottom dont work  and I dont know which link to use
what program should I download
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
You can use any of these programs (choose one that you can afford):
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/hdm-personal/ Hard Drive Manager 2009 (I recommend this highly, all in one for all needs you whenever could have with your desktop)
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/pm-personal/ Partition Manager (clone, partition etc)
and this one http://www.paragon-software.com/home/dc-personal/ Drive Copy, the name tells itself.
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