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Cloning/ghosting hard drive to different OS

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by unit 900, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. unit 900

    unit 900

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    I have an older but functional laptop running Vista Ultimate that has a very small hard drive. I would like to get a larger drive and 'retrogress' to Windows XP ( I have a licensed copy). Can I use any of the cloning (Clonezilla) or other utility programs to copy the programs/data on my old drive to a new one with the different OS? Thanks
     
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    Why not upgrade to Windows 7?
     
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    When you install a program, it really works itself into different parts of the operating system. There is no way to simply "move" programs from one computer to another without installing it in the new system.

    Your pictures, music, porn, etc, are obviously easy to move from one computer to another, but programs you just have to reinstall on the new system.

    What is a "small" hard drive, anyway? By the time Vista came out, most laptops were shipping with at least 200+ GB drives. If you need a lot of storage space, you can get a 1TB external USB drive for less than $100.

    I also recommend an upgrade to 7 instead of a downgrade to XP. 7 is better than XP; generally faster, more stable, etc. A really nice OS.
     
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    Thanks to all for the good advice. The HD is 75gb so I was looking for a larger one. I was hoping to do this on the cheap, and since I already own XP, was aiming that way. Maybe it's time to pull the trigger on a new laptop with a modern HD and Windows 7.
     
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    woo hoo!
     
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    Laplink makes a application and data cable called PC mover.

    Link here
     
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    MavsX The Dude Abides

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    i would not trust that. (in my opinion)
     
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    One big (BIG) problem I forsee with something like that, as well as ghosting/cloning an old drive onto a new PC is that you also bring along viruses, scads of unused programs, temp files, and other garbage that you'd be much better off without.

    One of the great things about reinstalling your OS or buying a new PC is that it forces you to purge and clean - kind of like moving your house.

    You wouldn't bring your garbage (I mean literally - trash) with you to a new house, would you?

    Same goes for your PC's hard drive.

    Not only that, but chances are by the time you figure out how to use any of these cloning/transferring programs, you could have just done it the other way - reinstalling all the programs.

    One other thing is that this gives you the chance to make sure you have the latest version of all programs. I'm amazed how many people are still running Adobe Reader 7.0 - the latest version is 9.3.

    There are some security problems that have been addressed in the latest version of that and many other programs, so it's a good idea to have the newest version.