Clone hard drive

I have a W7 computer whose HD is on it's last leg.
I would like to install a program onto this computer that will allow me to clone to another new larger drive.

Any recommendations?
Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAsked:
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Acronis is great for that, but it cost. If you need a free one, there are many, but one of the better is CloneZilla.

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Free tools that I use:

Partition wizard - home (free)- disk clone .
Acronis from WD or Seagate (if you have WD -  or Seagate, maxtor HDD you can use free version from manufacturers site)
Paragon Free
There are many more...
Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:
I have Acronis 11 on the computer but when I attempt to "clone basic disk" the new target disk doesn't show... thus I cannot select it to clone to.
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Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:
Tired Clonezilla and it failes... don't know why, it just does.
Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:
Windows backup would require yet another drive... one to put the image to and then another to restore the image to.
I would recommend Image for Linux.
The software can be installed in Windows.
It will give you the possibility to create a boot image which you can write to DVD or USB.
You can then boot from the computer from DVD or USB which startups Linux and start the Image for Linux program.
Within the program there is an option to "Copy" the current Windows 7 disk to the new disk.
My experience is that the software is very reliable.
Try with newer version of Acronis from above links if you have HDD from one of manufacturers.
What fails with CloneZilla? What errors do you get? Remember that CloneZilla isn't installed within Windows, but you rather boot the PC from the LiveCD or USB stick. Also remember that the destination disk must be at least as large as the original.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
If the drive is failing then do not install anything onto it.
With Acronis, how big is the drive which does not show up? Does it show itself in Windows Disk Management?
Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:
I ended up purchasing Acronis AND attaching the Destination drive directly to the motherboard.  I was trying to do this via a USB connection.  Acronis, it appears, won't clone to a drive not attached directly...
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