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How do I replace old hard drive without losing data?

#1Camel-RiderPosted 12/11/2013 11:02:48 AM
Hey guys, my current hard drive is an 80 gb PS3 laptop hard drive, and im trying to replace it with this new 500 gb desktop hard drive i got from newegg.

How do I make the switch without losing any data?
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#2ShubPosted 12/11/2013 11:05:17 AM
Download CloneZilla and set it up on a CD or a USB thumb drive.
Install the new hard drive (leaving the current one in place).
Start CloneZilla, use it to clone the old hard drive to the new one.
Once the cloning process is done, disconnect the old drive, see if your computer boots with only the new drive plugged in.
If the above is successful, you're done.
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#3Camel-Rider(Topic Creator)Posted 12/11/2013 11:08:16 AM
Thanks, but why does it need to be on USB?

Cant I just run it from the primary drive?
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#4ShubPosted 12/11/2013 11:10:05 AM
CloneZilla is a purpose-built Linux distribution, so no :)
Also, if you want your hard drive properly cloned, you don't want anything accessing it while it's being cloned, so you don't want to be running a "live" OS while cloning.
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#5HydroCannabinolPosted 12/11/2013 11:10:40 AM
Camel-Rider posted...
Thanks, but why does it need to be on USB?

Cant I just run it from the primary drive?


Well considering you're copying all the data from the old drive, how would it run the program while it's doing this? Typically you can't write data that is currently being used but I could be wrong.
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#6Camel-Rider(Topic Creator)Posted 12/11/2013 2:44:36 PM
Hey, I used CloneZilla, and im running on the new hard drive now (Other one is in my drawer).

The problem im having is My Computer says I have 74.4 GB (not the 250 that is actually installed).

What do I do now?
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#7Camel-Rider(Topic Creator)Posted 12/11/2013 2:52:57 PM
Just kidding... I used minitool partition wizard and fixed it
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#8ShubPosted 12/11/2013 2:53:56 PM
Glad you figured it out. It sounds normal that CloneZilla would create a partition the same size as the original drive. All you'd have to do then is expand it to occupy the rest of the hard drive, which apparently you did.
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#9CloudZ1116Posted 12/11/2013 2:59:17 PM
CloneZilla is awesome :)
Master Race FTW!
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