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    Copy entire hard drive

    A friend is afraid his current hard drive is failing and would like to copy it entirely to a new hard drive to then be used as the boot drive. I have made several attempts to copy the contents of the C drive to the second hard drive (which is attached as an external hard drive via USB) but keeping getting messages that certain files are in use and that they need to be shut off before they can be copied. What is the best way to copy the entire C drive to another drive?

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    Re: Copy entire hard drive

    Cross your fingers - the new hard drive was a Western Digital that came with DATA LIFEGUARD TOOLS which included a drive-to-drive copy utility. I am in the process of doing the copy as I write this. Will be interesting to see if the new hard drive will be bootable and have everything on it.

    I will keep you uptodate.

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    Re: Copy entire hard drive

    You'd be better off using either Norton Ghost 12.0 or Acronis TrueImage 11 to make and restore an image backup.

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    Re: Copy entire hard drive

    > certain files are in use and that they need to be shut off
    These might only be system files (such as the paging file, some Windows DLLs etc.) about which, generally I don't care, since I am usually going to reinstall Windows.
    Providing all the files within data folders are copied, your friend shouldn't have too many worries.
    For years I used Patriquin's PCOPY, but nowadays I rely on the Windows XCOPY to grab all files owned by me, and then some.
    I always copy "Cocuments and Settings" to a folder "CAndS" so that XCOPY from a remote machione can gain copies of my D&S files; Windows generally won't allow another (networked) machine to copy "Cocuments and Settings", but it can copy "CAndS".
    FWIW here is my current NetBack which i use to backup files left right and centre across three networked machines to two removable drives.:<pre>REM Cocuments and SettingsChrisLbackUPD.bat
    REM Monday, September 17, 2007
    ::: (Generic backup batch file for use across the network)
    :::
    ::: Copies files and directory trees.
    :::
    ::: XCOPY source [destination] [/A | /M] [/D[:date]] [/P] [/S [/E]] [/V] [/W]
    ::: [/C] [/i] [/Q] [/F] [/L] [/G] [/H] [/R] ]<!/t> </u>
    ::: [/K] [/N] [/O] [/X] [/Y] [/-Y] [/Z]
    ::: [/EXCLUDE:file1[+file2][+file3]...]
    :::
    ::: source Specifies the file(s) to copy.
    ::: destination Specifies the location and/or name of new files.
    ::: /A Copies only files with the archive attribute set,
    ::: doesn't change the attribute.
    ::: /M Copies only files with the archive attribute set,
    ::: turns off the archive attribute.
    ::: /D:m-d-y Copies files changed on or after the specified date.
    ::: If no date is given, copies only those files whose
    ::: source time is newer than the destination time.
    ::: /EXCLUDE:file1[+file2][+file3]...
    ::: Specifies a list of files containing strings. Each string
    ::: should be in a separate line in the files. When any of the
    ::: strings match any part of the absolute path of the file to be
    ::: copied, that file will be excluded from being copied. For
    ::: example, specifying a string like obj or .obj will exclude
    ::: all files underneath the directory obj or all files with the
    ::: .obj extension respectively.
    ::: /P Prompts you before creating each destination file.
    ::: /S Copies directories and subdirectories except empty ones.
    ::: /E Copies directories and subdirectories, including empty ones.
    ::: Same as /S /E. May be used to modify /T.
    ::: /V Verifies each new file.
    ::: /W Prompts you to press a key before copying.
    ::: /C Continues copying even if errors occur.
    ::: /I If destination does not exist and copying more than one file,
    ::: assumes that destination must be a directory.
    ::: /Q Does not display file names while copying.
    ::: /F Displays full source and destination file names while copying.
    ::: /L Displays files that would be copied.
    ::: /G Allows the copying of encrypted files to destination that does not support encryption.
    ::: /H Copies hidden and system files also.
    ::: /R Overwrites read-only files.
    ::: /T Creates directory structure, but does not copy files. Does not
    ::: include empty directories or subdirectories. /T /E includes
    ::: empty directories and subdirectories.
    ::: /U Copies only files that already exist in destination.
    ::: /K Copies attributes. Normal Xcopy will reset read-only attributes.
    ::: /N Copies using the generated short names.
    ::: /O Copies file ownership and ACL information.
    ::: /X Copies file audit settings (implies /O).
    ::: /Y Suppresses prompting to confirm you want to overwrite an
    ::: existing destination file.
    ::: /-Y Causes prompting to confirm you want to overwrite an
    ::: existing destination file.
    ::: /Z Copies networked files in restartable mode.
    :::
    ::: The switch /Y may be preset in the COPYCMD environment variable.
    ::: This may be overridden with /-Y on the command line.
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    XCOPY /M /E /C /F /H /K /Y
    REM end of ( )

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    Re: Copy entire hard drive

    He is trying to create a new bootable drive. XCOPY won't do that.

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    Re: Copy entire hard drive

    > XCOPY won't do that.
    True.
    Still and all I'd make recovery of data the first task.
    One has to assume that one can always reinstall Windows + software, right?

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    Re: Copy entire hard drive

    Hi Joe - The attempt with Lifeguard Tools seemed to work but now the Microsoft Word program is coming up with an error message. So I am not confident about the entire process and am thinking about another option.

    are you familiar with Acronis Migrate Easy 7.0. Since I am simply trying to copy the C drive to another drive, wouldn't this be an easier route? Acronis has a 15 day free trial available. Also, if I use this - does it matter if I have the new hard drive as an external drive vs a second internal drive?

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Copy entire hard drive

    I'm not familiar with it. But from Data migration software: copy a hard disk drive to another one, it would appear to do the job. The nice thing about using the one of the other tools is that your friend then has a good piece of backup software. Perhaps someone who is more familiar with Migrate Easy will chime in.

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    Re: Copy entire hard drive

    trebor,
    Migrate Easy should do it for you. I have V 7.0 and have used it for similar drive copying.
    The new True Image 11 has similar features also.

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    From their site:
    Key Features
    Copy an old hard disk drive to a new one;

    Has automatic and manual hard disk upgrade modes;

    Installs a new hard disk drive as a boot disk or as an additional storage device;

    Allows you to re-deploy old hard disk;

    Has an extremely easy to use Windows XP-like wizard-driven interface;

    Supports large disks (over 180GB).

    Partition Management
    Resizes transferred partitions to match new hard disk size;

    Creates, copies, moves, and deletes partitions;

    Includes special sector-by-sector support for other partitions and corrupted file systems.
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    Re: Copy entire hard drive

    Migrate Easy did the job. This was great - 15 day free trial so no cost. Everything is working just fine. Thanks to all for their help.

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