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Cloning a Hard Drive?

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So I put a nice new 320gb in my dads computer, and he does nothing but email and internet. Now I have my 250gb seagate free from the grasp of my rig and I want to swap out the hard drives to get my hands on that new 320gb!
BUT I'd rather not have to reinstall windows and all his programs (even though the system isn't that old). The 320gb only has about 30-50gb of data on it.

How would I go about cloning his 320gb onto my 250gb? My goal is to simply switch them after the process and have things work as normal.

Any good free program for this?
post #2 of 4
I use a six year old copy of Norton Ghost (still on floppy)

but there is a free alternative

Partition Image 0.6.7
http://www.osalt.com/partition-image
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Norton Ghost is very good. New or old
    
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Well I used XXclone, a free hard drive backup/cloning utility and it worked great.

It did everything in windows, no booting from cd garbage. Worked fast and great, and so far everything seems to be working great.

Thx for the advice though.
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