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Way to clone old boot drive to a newer hard drive to be new boot drive?

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Hi all. I currently run Windows Vista 64 bit Ultimate (I know, ill buy 7 in a few months) and have the os and storage on my only hard drive, a WD Black 500GB 7200rpm sata3.0gbs. Recently, I bought 2 WD velocirapor 250GB 10000rpm sata6gbs hard drives to now be the boot drives. Is there a way to clone/image the boot drive to a smaller, faster hard drive and then make the smaller velociraptor drive the new boot drive?

The reasons why I ask are I really dont want to reinstall windows again and re download all the other drivers and programs on the velocirators fresh and I also heard microsoft doesnt allow 2 windows bootable hard drives in one system either.

So, is there a way? Or do I have to start over new? I do have a retail dvd copy of vista and only have 173GB on the old hard drive used (including os) to transfer to the newer boot drive if that helps. Thanks for the advice.
post #2 of 6
Nope nope nope. just search up hard drive clone, I forgot the specific program i used, but it just cloned the drive. And everything was ready to go:D
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I'm partial to Acronis True Image Home.
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I create an image using the windows backup utility then just restore to the new drive.
 
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EaseUS Todo Backup Free can clone to smaller drives, as long as you have enough space to fit everything. If you don't you'll have to delete/move stuff until you do.

http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm
     
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I ended up using partion wizard to make it smaller and cloned the partition with easy us backup free. Thanks for the advice all.
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