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    Copying a Windows hard drive

    A quick question. I need to let a user with very little technical skills know how to copy their windows hard drive to a new one they have purchased. Short of sending them off to the command line are there any free packages to do this?

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    do it for them and get paid

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    Isn't DriveImage XML a free one? sure i read an artical on it somewhere.

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    This months pc PRO has a drive image utility on it.

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    I'd normally suggest driveimage xml but it's a bit technical for a novice. I usually give them a bartpe disk & written instructions on how to use it so long as they've got an internal/external burner cdrom drive as well to use. Failing that I go and do it for them.
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    When you say 'Windows hard drive' do you mean they need to copy a live system?

    Will they be happy being pointed at bootable CD utilities with an appropriate guide, or will they need to be able to run it from within Windows?

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    Thought about something like MaxBlast (Maxor and Seagate HD's) can clone a drive and are relatively straightforward to use.

    Personally, I would give them a BartPE / DriveimageXML disk and some written instructions

    Craig

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    I got a new HDD for my system and i was so tempted to just copy and paste!!

    I just ended up re-installing windows and copying over files and stuff... a fresh start is always good... right?

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    Here is a full list of utils for that sort of thing :

    http://www.thefreecountry.com/utilit...andimage.shtml

    The above site has a lot of other free utils / tools etc

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    I have used Partition Commander 8 since XP came out (previously used Partiton Magic 6). I think it's time I got my hand in my pocket and bought a newer version as my version does not support SATA drives. It does do nice stuff like recover dead "Dynamic disks" though, so cannot complain. My number 1 CD.

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    Drive snapshot is really easy and very fast. It is free for 30 days to:
    Drive Snapshot - Download evaluation Software

    No install needed either, just a straight EXE.

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