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OK Acronis Experts...

Here's the scenario. I am upgrading a Dell laptop to a new 750GB Western Digital Scorpio Blue HDD. The current drive is way too small, and I really don't feel like doing a complete reinstall of all the programs unless I have to.

Since I don't have an external USB drive dock, is it possible to remove the HDD from the Dell laptop, install it into my sig rig along with the new HDD using open SATA ports, and clone the old to the new without using the laptop?

If it is possible, would I just use the standard cloning methold, and will it clone all of the partitions? There are currently 4 partitions on the current Hitachi drive, a DELL "OEM" partition that is shown as FAT16, the Vista "Recovery" Partition, the Vista OS partition, and another unlabled "Media Direct" Partition which is FAT 32. They are in that exact order on the current drive.

Thanks for your help.
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i have not tested it to that extent. but, i am sure it can be done buy doing a copy of it. and then you just have to resize the partitions
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i have not tested it to that extent. but, i am sure it can be done buy doing a copy of it. and then you just have to resize the partitions
When you say copy, do you mean an image of the drive? or backups of the partitions?
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image of the drive not partition backup
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+rep.. thanks I'll give it a try.
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OK Acronis Experts...

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Thanks for your help.
Yes and yes. It will work fine, make sure you select the correct source and destination drives. A close will copy all partitions unless you do something otherwise. The WD Acronis is pretty noob friendly anyways, we use it at work alot since we buy WD drives all the time.
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