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10-11-2010 04:40 PM  8 years agoPost 1
RayJayJohnsonJr

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I have a 120GB hard drive (Drive C) in an old, but necessary computer, that has only 22GB of used space on it, and it's unlikely that it will ever see more than that. (The OS is XP Pro). I have a 30GB drive sitting here, empty, doing nothing. (Note: These are both IDE drives. One is WD, the other Seagate. If that makes any difference...)

Is there a program (preferably free) that would allow me to copy the contents of the higher capacity drive to the lower capacity drive, so that when I swap drives and put the lower capacity drive in the computer that previously housed the larger capacity drive, it will simply boot and run as it did before? I'd like to have the higher capacity drive for my media center.... Note: I have a whole other system that would allow me to connect both drives to it to allow the transfer.

Thanks!

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10-11-2010 04:59 PM  8 years agoPost 2
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Check out this site for information on "cloning" your HDD:

http://www.downloadsquad.com/2008/0...our-hard-drive/

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10-11-2010 08:05 PM  8 years agoPost 3
RayJayJohnsonJr

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Thanks for the link, but most of those programs allow you to clone a drive assuming you're going from smaller to larger. Not so much the other way around....

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10-11-2010 08:56 PM  8 years agoPost 4
ka6fty

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Norton Ghost or Acronis True Immage Home will let you go to a smaller drive. I've done it several times.
Acronis has a 15 day trial here http://www.acronis.com/promo/ATIH20...CFQICbAodPmE3CA

"Don't put your fingers where you won't put your face"

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10-11-2010 10:01 PM  8 years agoPost 5
outhouse

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yep use acronis

used it many times always with success

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10-11-2010 10:48 PM  8 years agoPost 6
AirWolfRC

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I have and use both Acronis and Ghost.
I use mostly my old Ghost 2003 build 793.
To a smaller or larger drive, matters not.
It will even image to a usb drive.

But Acronis has a very desirable option,
The Universal Restore feature allows you to recover an image from a failed machine to different hardware

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