Moving Files From Old Hard Drive to New Hard Drive

By Jim Roberts | How-to

If you want to resize your hard drive and migrate everything (from files to boot sectors) from your current or old hard drive to your new one, this could be very helpful to you. You need to understand that copy-and-paste will not work because it will miss out the boot sector and other important parts and partitions. Windows may have hidden partitions that you will likely need if you reinstall your operating system. Mac users can always use Time Machine for backing up data, but there are better ways around.

There are two ways to duplicate your current hard drive: imaging and cloning.

In imaging, a very large single file will be copied to a separate media like external hard drive (or anything that can store large files). Cloning, on the other hand, will copy everything directly from your old hard drive to your new hard drive. With this, cloning is a better choice for copying or duplicating everything from your old hard drive.


It is vital that you have access to both hard drives at the same time when you do cloning. If you are using a desktop computer, you can install another hard drive that will serve as the second internal drive. This will become your first hard drive when you remove your old hard drive. On the other hand, if you are using a portable device like laptop or you don’t like dealing with cables and other complicated stuff, devices like BYTECC USB 2.0 TO IDE/SATA Adapter are your allies so that you can turn your new drive as a temporary drive.

You can use EASEUS Disk Copy software to create a bootable CD. This software is a free ware that you can download as an .iso image file, if in case you can’t launch the disc-burning program, this means that you have to download the ISO Recorder (a free software too).


You will encounter a problem with the Disk Copy if you have Windows XP as your operating system because partitions cannot be resized. But if you are using Windows 7 or Vista, resizing the partitions may not be that of a problem.

For Windows XP — use EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition instead, because it can resize the partitions and it can clone the hard drive too. The wizard will help you throughout the process so you don’t have to worry.

The only problem that you will encounter with the Partition Master is when you have Windows XP x64 version because the Partition Master doesn’t work in 64-bit environment.

There you go, I hope this article helped you in migrating files to your new hard drive.

About the Author

Holding a dual degree in both Management and IT with 13 years of business experience, I am Jim F. Roberts from California, USA. Needless to say, I am a techy guy and I love exploring, checking out the latest gadgets and sharing my thoughts on a lot of things.