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I want to completely clone my 250gb drive on my aptop to another 500gb hard drive connected via USB.

The hard drive that is 500gb is blank-it is an upgrade in space for my laptop. I would like to do this for free- I found a similar laptop in a yard sale, but the screen was cracked, but the drive was larger and the memory cards are larger too.

Ideally, I want to clone my 250gb drive to the 500gb drive with Windows and all, then save the 250gb drive as a backup, open my laptop and remove the 250gb drive, replace it with the 500gb drive, and boot-up my laptop back to where I left it when the 250gb drive was in it.

Can someone help me please?

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Use the dd command within Linux to get an exact copy of you HDD. Link.

The command woud go something like this:

dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb

if = input file. of = output file. In the above example /dev/sda is your first HDD, source; and /dev/sdb is your target HDD.

  • the link does contain 6 ways to solve the preceding question. i added the full command. – The Bunyip Feb 11 '18 at 7:34
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Currently, there is no built-in tool for Windows to clone a hard drive. You can use a third-party tool like EaseUS Todo Backup Home.

With this, you can clone your hard drive by:

  1. Installing the application;
  2. Clicking on Clone;
  3. Selecting the drive you want to clone, then click Next;
  4. Selecting the disk you want your data to be put on, then click Next; and
  5. Clicking on Proceed.

If your cloned hard drive shows the same amount of capacity as before, follow these steps to use the maximum capacity of the new hard drive:

  1. Press the Windows+R keys
  2. Type diskmgmt.msc, then press Enter
  3. Right Click on the drive which shows an incorrect capacity
  4. Click Extend Volume
  5. Finally, follow the wizard in order to use the maximum capacity of your hard drive.
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    Just suggesting a tool doesn't really describe how to accomplish what was asked in the question, so your post would be more appropriate as a comment as-is (and might attract downvotes for that reason). Can you expand it into an actionable solution? – fixer1234 Feb 11 '18 at 7:03
  • I added a step-by-step solution into the post. – iTechieGamer Feb 11 '18 at 7:16
  • @iTechieGamer I did all the steps you said, and it worked well. however now both drive says it has the exact same space used and available. BUT i know 1 drive is 500gb. How to i fix that? – Varoon Ramtahal Feb 12 '18 at 16:47
  • @VaroonRamtahal I updated my answer to fix your problem. – iTechieGamer Feb 13 '18 at 8:08
  • @ iTechieGamer the " Extend Volume" option is not highlighted..please advise. – Varoon Ramtahal Feb 13 '18 at 17:55
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Use a program called Marciom Reflect for windows this will intall a windows CD OS on your windows system from there choose your target drive and source drive and clone .

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    Please follow this outline while recommending software. – Kamil Maciorowski Feb 11 '18 at 7:27
  • You could try to clone when windows is active from Maricam Reflect but windows / your anti virus may stop Marciam Reflect from accessing some data . If you get "Bad sector " error in marciam reflect this could be because of that . – toto Feb 11 '18 at 7:27
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    And decide whether it's "Marciom", "Maricam" or "Marciam". And edit the answer to add important information instead of writing comments. – Kamil Maciorowski Feb 11 '18 at 7:29

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