Best way to move to a new hard drive!!!!
by cltopliffmd - 7/16/05 5:12 PM
In Reply to: Cloning a Hard Drive by lea11
Over the past several years, I've had to move to another computer several times. I've also managed to crash my laptop a couple of times, and was quite dismayed when I found that the backup I thought I had either wasn't functional, or required so much manual manipulation that it was easier to just reinstall the apps, and pray the data I lost was stored in some little corner or on my PDA.
I'm probably an intermediate computer user - I don't know a lot about running the background DOS files for Windows. I use my computer as a tool, not as the end objective, so I don't want to have to spend a lot of time trying to learn advanced computer stuff.
I've tried Norton Ghost, and several other programs, including Iolo System Mechanic (an otherwise wonderful maintenance software package, well worth the $$)- all with the same frustration. I even purchased an external USB CDRW primarily b/c I thought I could use it w/ XP's system restore to easily backup a complete system. In the fine print in XP, I found the one type media that CANNOT be used w/ system restore is USB CDRW! (unfortunately, USB is the primary way to connect an external CDRW w/ laptops!)
With my last move, I did quite a bit of research online, examining every "relocation utility" I could find. The only one I found that seemed to fit my needs - a total transfer of apps & data & preferences without having to manually select files - was a program called "MoveMe" from SpearIt software (www.spearit.com). For $39.95, my transfer to my new laptop (Dell Latitude 610) was COMPLETELY painless, and fast. Since the software is downloaded online (best to have a broadband access), you don't have to go when the the store is open (it seems like this kind stuff, especially if there's a problem, occurs late at night ! ) There is the option of manual settings for the software, but the 'wizard' worked fine for me. FYI, you purchase one copy per data transfer. If you need to do more moves, you have to buy more programs (but w/ discount packaging). Customer service was great too. Finally, it has a feature where programs that potentially will run differently on different machines can be installed into a 'sandbox' to make sure they work w/o conflicts before being fully installed.
Again, I'm certainly not a computer expert, but this is software I can enthusiastically recommend without any reservations.
Hope this helps. Good luck!
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