Best way to migrate Vista install to another drive?

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Best way to migrate Vista install to another drive?

So i've got my x86 Vista installed on a super loud 80gb Seagate Hard drive (SATA), and i want to transfer that to my nice & quiet Samsung Spinpoint 160gb (PATA) hard drive.

Anyone know the best method of doing so?

I was leaning towards Ghost, but not sure how well that works with Vista.

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If you've got Vista Ultimate, use the built-in "PC Backup" Utility.  Backup & Restore in Ultimate has a "Disk Image" (or almost same-as) mode.  It'll back up and restore your entire system disk.  I used it to move from a 300GB PATA to a 300GB SATA system disk.  What it WON'T do is resize your system partition in any way.  It wants to create and write the system partition JUST as it is...

Dude...  How old IS this FusionHDTV3 ???

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yeah, i thought about that but heard it was pretty basic. i found a copy of TrueImage 10 by Acronis, so i'm trying that. If that fails, i'll try that method.

my main concern was that the samsung PATA drive is setup as primary active, so i just wanted to make sure i didn't lose the boot partition/setup.

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The PC Backup in Vista Ultimate is built to recover from catastrophic failure.  It creates a full copy of your system partition and it'll store it on just about anything you want - another HD in the system, on the network, an external drive, DVD's, etc., etc..  To recover, you install your new drive, boot off the Vista Install DVD & choose the "System Recover" Applet.  You tell it where you put the system backup files and it creates a new partition the same size as the original on your new drive, then re-creates your system partition exactly as it was when you made the Backup...  It was easy to move my Vista install from one drive to the other.

The only thing that bugged me was not being able to re-size that partition in any way.  That's probably why others feel it's "basic"...  Anyway, I'm sure TrueImage will work fine - if not, you always have Vista's PC Backup.

Dude...  How old IS this FusionHDTV3 ???

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wow, that sounds awesome. Good to know these types of things Laughing out loud

thanks!

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well, i already had committed to true image, but it worked pretty well. only problem was that it didn't transfer the BootMBR, so i had to do a windows vista repair. no biggie, piece of cake Tongue

i'm enjoying MUCH silence now after switching to my samsung with AAM. Anyone know of a list of AAM-capable hard drives? I can't stress the importance for an HTPC!

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Next time try Migrate Easy by Acronis.  Just about as troublefree as it gets.

BT

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