How To Upgrade Your Hard Drive Without Data Loss

A hard drive upgrade is now a common upgrade undertaken on both desktop and laptop computers. Usually it is recommended that you completely reinstall the operating system on the new drive for the cleanest of installs but this is not always wanted or possible and in these case you can clone your current hard drive to your new drive. The benefits of this are

  • There is no need to reinstall software
  • No need to reinstall the operating system
  • Your drive is cloned but the space available increased

There are a few things that should be noted.

1. You can’t clone a larger drive to a smaller drive. For example if your current drive is 250GB you cannot clone it to a 200GB drive for obvious reasons.

2. There are many free software programs out there that let you clone like for like (250GB to 250GB) but those that do let you clone from a smaller drive to a larger drive can be more complex.

Free Software Vs Non Free Software

There are a number of free tools out there that can clone your hard drive but many of them can be complex to use or don’t clone the smaller drive to a larger drive they only do like for like copies. You can find tools like clonezilla or easeus disk copy will do a disk clone very well.

In my experience there are a couple of non free programs out there that I have used in the past that makes this task easy and pain-free without having to have a wealth of technical knowledge.

Acronis True Image Home

True image is not only a tool you can use to clone your hard drive it is also a fully featured backup suite.

The clone tool in the program allows you to make a duplicate copy of your drive to a drive of equal size or a larger drive. When cloning to a larger drive the software adjusts the free space to use all available space on the new drive.

Norton Ghost

Another tool that is very popular and effective when cloning a drive is Norton ghost which can be purchased from Norton website. Norton Ghost has a feature called copy my hard drive which clones an exact copy of your current drive.

Cloning Vs Reinstalling

I believe if you have the windows installation disks and product keys for your software your best option is always to reinstall the operating system rather than clone your hard drive.

The reasons for this are simple. You will get a lot cleaner install from a re-install then you will from a hard drive clone. While cloning the hard drive with some software is easy and works great they are never 100%. By installing a clean version of your operating system you are giving your computer and new hard drive a fresh start.

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How to Find a Good Quality Data Recovery Service

If you have a business that regularly uses computers you will know how much easier life can be when you have technology at your fingertips. The good news is you will have virtually every service you could think of within easy distance of where you work, regardless of where that might be. This means that whatever problems or issues you encounter you can get the assistance you need to resolve them.

In the case of data recovery, there is a very real chance you will need this service eventually. Computers are not invincible – no matter how new your PC or hard drive happens to be, it won’t work forever. You might be unlucky enough to download a virus that corrupts your hard drive and makes it impossible to retrieve the data from it.

With this in mind, here are some tips on how to find the best data recovery service near you, just in case you should ever need to use it.

Ask for recommendations

Recommendations are one of the best ways to find a reputable company. If another business owner tells you they lost data a while back and a specific company helped them get it all back, how would you feel? The chances are you’d immediately ask for the phone number of that company just in case you ever needed them. This is the power of recommendations, so see how many you can get.

Do an internet search for local companies

This is another good path to follow. Every good data retrieval company should have its own website; after all they work in the computing field so it would look rather unusual not to have one, wouldn’t it? Look at the information they provide and see whether you can create a shortlist of potential companies to look at.

Do your homework

This is the most important step, especially if you aren’t getting any referrals to look into. Find out more about the companies you find and see which ones naturally come to the surface. Some will have been in business longer than others and will have a track record you can look into. Take these as your front runners, and make your decision based on this shortened shortlist.

These three steps may seem very simple (and in many ways they are) but they will help you cut through the indecision you may feel in finding a reliable company that can help retrieve your lost data. By following these steps you will find the best shortlisted companies around today, and from there choose the ideal one to help you.