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    hard drive copy software?

    is there any good free software to mirror my hard drive or do i have to purches one and if there is does anyone know were to download it

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    xxcopy

    http://www.xxcopy.com/

    Install it and just use a command line:

    EG:

    xxcopy c:\ d:\ /clone

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    sorry but that xcopy only says for win me i am running xp home, can i do it from xp or better with another software?

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    1. Summary of the XXCOPY Features


    A Win95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP utility which runs in command line mode.
    Comes with a 16-bit version (XXCOPY16).
    (XXCOPY16.EXE copies files using the short (8.3 format) name only.)
    Duplicates the entire system drive which can boot Win9x (xxtb #10).
    Keeps the same short name (8.3) in the destination as in the source (xxtb #03).
    The source specifier accepts wildcards in directory names also (xxtb #28).
    Backs up directory incrementally without the use of archive bit. (xxtb #06).
    Synchronizes directories (xxtb #20).
    Controls file attributes (keeps the source, destination attributes or none).
    Excludes directories or files from copying by wild cards(xxtb #05).
    Handles a Cyclic Copy case much better than XCOPY (xxtb #07).
    Qualifies files by file date/time (Before, On, or After) (xxtb #17).
    Deletes files or directories using the same powerful selection mechanism (xxtb #12).
    Copies hidden/system files, and overwrites Read-only files.
    Flattens a directory tree into files in one directory (xxtb #16).
    ... and many, many, intimidatingly more ... (over 200 command switches)
    Copies security information for NTFS volume archiving.
    Supersedes Microsoft's ROBOCOPY (xxtb #30).
    Works very much like XCOPY with the same command syntax.
    Available in two flavors; Freeware and Pro Edition (see below).

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    can someone help me i installed xcopy but i dont know to what to do now how do i copy the drive... were do i put the command line in dos window?

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    Have you installed the new drive, put a partition on it, and formatted it (and set it active?)

    If so, what is the new drives drive letter when you are in XP "My Computer"?

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    You can usually download the software from the your hard drive makers website. Most Retail boxed hard drives include a disk with the software, OEM boxed hard drives usually do not. Either way, pour through your makers website support software section.
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    i have partioned it, formatted it and its drive d now how do i copy it with xcopy do i put that command line in at dos prompt?

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    Yes.

    Open a command window and type:

    xxcopy c:\ d:\ /clone

    Make sure you spell xxcopy with 2 x's, and all spaces that are in the line above. ( xxcopy (space) c:\ (space) d:\ (space) /clone

    Sit back and wait till it completes. Check the readout when done for any errors. If errors, repeat.

    If you used fdisk, and made the drive "active" you should be able to boot into that new drive after doing the above and all will be good.

    To be sure you are booting into the new drive, remove the power cable from the old drive. (If all is well then replace the power cable once you shut down again)

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    Originally posted by YeOldeStonecat
    You can usually download the software from the your hard drive makers website. Most Retail boxed hard drives include a disk with the software, OEM boxed hard drives usually do not. Either way, pour through your makers website support software section.

    Yep. Used a utility from western digital today to copy one HD to the other. Worked very nice.

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