How to clone a laptop hard drive
I will show you how to transfer all your files from a laptop hard drive or a desktop hard drive into a new larger capacity hard drive. In computer terms it is called cloning a drive. I will introduce an excellent cloning software called Acronis True Image 2013
. I may be bias with this product, as there may be some other good backup and cloning softwares available in the market. But since I have using Acronis for sometime now and had been happy with it, then this is the best cloning softwares I think of recommending. There are few other free softwares that I can recommend as well. One is Clonezilla. If you are not quite technical with computers then you are better off with the Acronis True Image 2013, because Clonezilla is Linux based and if you are a newbie then you may be going astray with how to do it. It is one of the best freewares for cloning hard drive. (I will be putting up another post for Clonezilla too)
So, You may be wondering how to upgrade or replace your old notebook or desktop hard drive that is almost full capacacity or maybe the hard drive is showing some indications of problems such as very slow access to it or maybe it is producing some unusual noise. If so, then you are like to replace with a new hard drive. Most of us have some sensitive data and information in our hard drive, and for this reason we are not at ease to just send our computer to a computer shop, that someone might be tempted to see those files. Well, if you just follow the steps I will show you then I don’t think you need to spend some costly service fees charge by computer shops. In fact, some of them may also do what I am going to show you.
NOTE: Before you can transfer all the contents of your hard drive into a new one, it is important that you get rid of any spywares or viruses so that you will have a clean system and files in the new hard drive. Therefore, run a complete antivirus and anti-spyware cleanup process before doing the cloning of the hard drives. There are good free antivirus and anti-malware or spyware that you can download from www.download.com or www.filehippo.com to accomplish these tasks, or you may want to use your favorite software.
I bought my adapter from Fry’s Electronics. If you live outside of US then I would guess a computer store can be your best option. Cost of SATA to USB hard drive adapter would be about $20 more less in eBay. The regular cost of Acronis True Image 2013 is $49.99, but if you use the code I have provided below then you will get a 10% discount
Once you are sure that you don’t have any software issues with your old drive then you need to procure an external hard drive adapter. If your original hard drive is an IDE type (a hard drive with several pointed pins on the connector portion) then you will need an IDE to USB hard drive connector. If your hard drive is a SATA type (please see related photo) then will need to buy a SATA to USB hard drive adapter. . Please note though, that this code is effective on a limited time. I will try to update this post if Acronis will put up some more special offers in the future.
This post is still under construction….