How do I clone an internal computer hard drive onto a USB hard drive?

by on May 19, 2009

Q: I’m wanting to “clone” a hard drive. I would like to copy the contents onto a portable USB hard drive, as It is not my computer. How can I do this?

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3 Responses to “How do I clone an internal computer hard drive onto a USB hard drive?”
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    Which operating system are you running, and do you want to copy files and operating system, or only the files. Thanks!

     
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    Operating system: win XP pro, and I want to copy absolutely everything, right down to the assigned serial number, to make the cloned drive bootable and to run as the other computer did.

     
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    Hi nite_shift,

    You may use the “All information on this computer” option that is described in Microsoft’s http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/learnmore/bott_03july14.mspx article.

    If you have access to all of the installation discs for Windows XP and your programs, I recommend that you do a “fresh” reinstall instead of copying a cloned version of your current installation from one hard drive to another and back again. Cloning may decrease your computer’s speed and reliability versus a fresh reinstall.

    Does this help?