Need to upgrade to larger HD - Same PC - Want to Clone Image

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by rrzepher, Mar 7, 2007.

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  1. rrzepher

    rrzepher Registered Member

    Mar 7, 2007
    I have been looking thru the threads for the info I need, but I'm not quite clear if True Image Home is what I'm looking for.

    I have a Dell 8200, XP Pro SP2 with lots of software. I have a 40 gig hard drive and want to replace it with at least triple the size. I want to be able to clone my existing Image to a new HD without any special boot or configuration requirements.
    Basically, I want to clone what I have to the new HD and reboot with the new HD after switching slots.
    Can someone verify the capabilities of the product as identified.


  2. Xpilot

    Xpilot Registered Member

    May 14, 2005

    Yes. Chapter 13 of the user guide, which you can download, explains it quite well.
  3. John Dalton

    John Dalton Registered Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Well, I've just done exactly that with a Dell 4200; that is, cloned from a 40GB drive to a 120GB one (I didn't choose anything larger because I believe that I would have had to made various changes to get my PC to recognise the whole of the new drive). This was a plain vanilla clone and my drive had lots of software on it. I proceeded as follows.

    1) The new HD was placed in an external enclosure (because I had one to hand) and connected to the PC via a USB 2.0 port. I made sure that the drive was marked as unallocated and did not have a drive letter - this was probably belt and braces, but some of the threads here suggested that there might be problems otherwise with Windows becoming confused.

    2) I selected cloning from TI10 then set it to Automatic, selected the source and target drives, and left it to go on its merry way.

    3) When the process said that it had successfully cloned the drive I let it shut down the PC.

    4) Now, and I believe that this is very important (or I've been misunderstanding all the threads that I've read :)), before doing anything else, I removed the new drive from the external enclosure and changed its jumper settings to Cable Select. I then opened my PC, removed the old C drive and installed the new.

    5) Switched on PC on and, lo and behold, up it booted into XP SP2. I checked under Disk Management and the full space of the drive had been allocated to to the new drive.

    If I can do it, anyone can! Mind you, I delayed and delayed before I finally plucked up courage and bit the bullet!
  4. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

    Jan 28, 2005
    NSW, Australia

    Most likely you will have no problems at all. The most reliable technique is to install the new HD as an internal Slave (not as an external HD), perform the clone and shutdown when instructed. My version does say this. Then remove the old HD from the computer and make the new HD the Master. Dell uses Cable Select but you know what I mean. Boot to the new HD. After a successful boot you can reintroduce the old HD as a Slave (today, next year, whenever) and delete the partitions or do what you want.
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