best way to clone a HD

ok, i have an XP machine and it has a 40 gig HD.  it's almost full.  I want to pull out the 40, clone it, duplicate it, to a 120 and insert the 120 and have it be the bootable drive.

best way to do this?




PS: let's keep it simple.  I don't want to have to work too hard.
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LordNemConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The Acronis demo / trial software will let you do this if you want (It did the last time I used it at any rate)

Is there a reason you want to pull out the 40gig drive first?
 - If you have enough free sata / power just plug in both hard drives at the same time, install the software, follow the wizard and it will reboot and copy data across for you.

Very straightforward.

You could do software mirroring but thats making it harder than it needs to be - you answered the question yourself.

Boot the PC with the PartedMagic LiveCD, then from the GUI start Partition Editor and note the names of the disks (/dev/sda1, dev/sdb etc). It'll also show you the disk sizes so you'll know which is the source and which the destination HD.

Then from the menu on the CD open CLoneZilla and it should be self explanatory. If you still have Questions we'll try to help with those specifically.

Once you have cloned the drive, remove the original one and then try booting from the new one.

Then boot back into the PartedMagic LiveCD and again start the Partition Editor. Now you can select the partition of the cloned disk and resize it to fit the whole drive (provided that is what you want). If the PC didn't boot with the cloned drive when you tried to, also make sure the "Boot" Flag is set. When done reboot and without the CD and windows should start.
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