Time to replace my data drive; what software to move files around?
Hello, I've got a computer running Windows XP and it's time for me to install a larger data drive.
The current configuration is this:
Hard disk 0: 36 GB - C: Windows lives here
Hard disk 1: 300 GB D:
I want to replace my 300 GB drive with a 2 TB drive I bought. Normally I would have just installed the new drive alongside the old one and copied the files over, but I found that my motherboard has only 2 SATA connectors. I have an external USB 2.0 1 TB hard drive, so my plan is:
1) Copy/Backup all of the contents of the D: drive to the external USB hard drive
2) Remove the 300 GB drive from my computer
3) Install new 2 TB internal drive in my computer
4) Copy/Restore all of the contents from the external USB hard drive on to the new internal drive
My question is, what software do I use to copy the files?
If it matters the D: drive contains a mixture of pure data files (mp3s, jpgs, etc.) and there are also a number of programs installed in D:\Program Files.
I could just copy the files over or I could use a backup program I experimented with a bit, Areca Backup. Obviously since this isn't the boot drive it makes things a lot easier. The problem is there is about 270 GB of stuff on that drive so I need something fairly reliable. Any ideas?