New Laptop HDD, need to mirror Old.

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My Sister brought Me Her Dell Inspirion 6000 Laptop and asked Me to repair it as It was running very slow. I immediately checked the HDD ( old 80 gig) and it is 96% full. I recommended She let Me put in a new larger HDD.
My problem is, She has a LOT of pictures and music on this old HDD and wants to save it all.
Can someone here Who is much more savvy than I tell Me an effective and cost efficient way to get this done?

Thanks! :)


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You can use a cloning utility like Acronis True Image.

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try i some kind of external drive bay that uses esata if you have it or usb but the drive enclosure must have an sataconnector

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I use a 250GB external usb drive for stuff like this. If there is not alot of files you can burn them to DVD-R's. Acronis True Image will burn DVD's or clone one drive to another drive, like in Rodney's video above.

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I just use GPartEd. It is very capable with FAT/FAT32/NTFS partitions. You can slide the old part onto the new drive, and expand it to fill the drive. Easy peasy.

Better yet, it's open source and free.

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/

If the laptop doesn't have a second drive bay, you may need a USB adapter to make the copy.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812156034

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She can set up a Picasa account for the pictures. The music can be moved as needed.

I've had great success with Acronis True Image, btw.

If you have the install discs for the Dell (or can get them from Dell), I recommend a fresh new install on a larger HDD with those discs. You can then use PC Decrapifier and similar to get to a clean build and use the 80GB as a storage drive. (of course, this is a bit of a pipe dream, but worth recommending)

If she has the money, you can move her to a 120GB or 250GB SSD and make that thing MUCH faster / efficient. Then again, depending on the age of the laptop, that could be like strapping a rocket engine to a 1992 Mystique.

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Also try Easeus Backup, it will let you create a full clone backup to an external or network drive, or CD/DVD, and can create a boot disc (CD or USB flash) that you can restore the backup from once the new drive is installed.

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