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replacing hard drive via external backup device

2010-07-23, 18:30 PM



I am running out of space on my hard drive and am about to purchase a larger one.  I have a 1TB external USB disk drive with plenty of capacity on it.  How can I use this external drive to back up my existing hard drive and then load up a new one?  

- do I have to create a recovery disk?

- can I just copy the entire C: drive over to the backup drive, or do I need some sort of utility?

- will any of the ThinkVantage Utilities help with this, or do I have to get a third-party "disk cloning" package like Norton Ghost?


Thanks for any advice...


- bill.


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Re: replacing hard drive via external backup device

2010-07-23, 18:45 PM
There are a couple programs that can continually back up your system. You can do a one time or run it a certain schedule.

I believe you have to create an image of the drive and load it up. The only program I can think of at the moment is Norton Ghost. Creating an image would be easier and you wouldn't lose bits here and there.

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Re: replacing hard drive via external backup device

2010-07-24, 4:45 AM

So you want to upgrade the internal hdd later on?


If that is the case. Then create the recovery media as you have said.


You can use the thinkvantage Rescue and Recovery to backup the current programs, settings, etc. You can reload this after you reload the OS on the new internal hdd using the recovery media.


if you are going to image the hdd, don't use Norton Ghost, use something like Acronis Trueimage. 




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Re: replacing hard drive via external backup device

2011-10-20, 13:08 PM

When i changed the harddrive in my old Lenovo 3000, i used an USB SAT dock to clone the old harddisk(120GB) to the new one (250GB) with Acronis backup's clone utility.  It was very simple and very fast.  After about 20 minutes i mounted the new disk in the laptop and it just started and worked 100%!

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Re: replacing hard drive via external backup device

2011-10-20, 6:48 AM
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