My hard drive is acting up, so I have new one that I want to install. I wanted to
copy everything to my new hard drive. I’m also thinking of installing Windows 7.
How can I clone everything from the old hard drive to the new without XP? When
cloning, my understanding is it will clone everything. Thanks, in advance.
In this excerpt from
Answercast #16, I discuss cloning a hard drive and repeat the importance of
backups and a clean install of any operating system.
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Does cloning copy everything?
Cloning by definition means cloning everything. It means making an identical
copy of your hard disk to another hard disk or another media of some sort.
So what you’re trying to do is copy everything, but the operating system. I
don’t know of a way to do that.
The correct way to do what you’re attempting to do – switch operating
systems – is to:
- Get your new hard drive.
- Install Windows 7.
- And then install your applications and your data there.
Naturally, the step left out is that you should really start with a backup, especially if your hard drive is acting up.
Backing up is crucial
You should be backing up regularly right now just because you don’t know
when that hard drive is going to die a permanent death.
Also, there no upgrade path from XP to Windows 7. The right way to switch an operating system version (and the right way for
you to do what you want to do here) is to:
- Install Windows 7 from scratch on the new hard drive.
- Then reinstall all of your applications.
- And then copy over the data that you care about
Presumably, you copy back your data from some other location or from your
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