Did you know that trying to transfer data from one hard drive to another is a big computing headache? I always face this problem when I try to upgrade my system or build a new computer. How to get the data in an old hard disk into the new one? Well, this article shows you how you can do this. The simplest way is to use a disk imaging/clone tool. The following will talk about what you should do to transfer data to a new hard disk.
Place the additional hard drive inside your tower or lay it circuit side up (green printed circuit board up) on the case to not allow stray voltage. Laying the green side down may cause damage including total loss of the hard drive. If your motherboard has two IDE interfaces, the other would be connected to the CD-ROM drive then you are in the money. Your transfer will go twice as fast if you disconnect the CD-ROM drive and connect the secondary hard drive. This is not recommended for long term usage as the CD-ROM would cause delay on the secondary drive.
The next step is to choose the order of the drives including which will be Master and which will be slave. You may place the new drive as the primary without the other connected and format it as the master. Then connect the old one as a slave drive. By only having one connected at a time you will avoid losing your data by formatting the wrong drive.
For the next part you will need a copy utility to complete this. Make a copy of the data using one of these programs selecting the partition to be copied. For most this will be the C drive. At this point you are making a copy of the image on the hard drive and all contents within. You should make a copy of all application data and user data within Windows. By installing Windows on the second drive and moving the data copied to the same folders all of your custom settings are saved. I would recommend running a virus scan on these items before copying them. Some of the most common are passwords ending in .pwl, favorites off your browser, cookies, your dial up network connection settings, and the mailboxes depending on which mail system you are using.
A disk imaging tool is a computer builder's secret weapon for quickly moving data from one computer to the next. Make sure you familiarize yourself with these tools as they will save you a lot of time.
We will look at one of them and see how it works, so read on ...
EaseUS Todo Backup is a good choice. It is a complete solution for home and business users providing backup to image and disk copy, regardless of your partition or even whole hard disk. This drive copy software is trustworthy and easy to use. You can also Mount the backup image file as a virtual physical partition to explore or copy files in it . Check backup image file to make sure your system state/disk/partition can be restored successfully. See more features of this backup software.
Please follow the detailed step-by-step instructions to copy drive. Before that you may download and install a full version of this software and then start. See how to clone hard drive.
Disk clone video tutorial: How to clone Windows 7 with EaseUS Todo Backup?.