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Hi jamst149,

They do exactly what you want. Personnally I use Power Quest's Drive Image. A great piece of software. :) You may also need an adapter IDE cable to connect the 2.5 drive to a 3.5 interface. :eek:

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Eric132

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I guess I am hoping someone might explain the process. I can't seem to figure out all the details.

Right now I have a 2.5" laptop HD. I want to clone that computer to the 3.5" SATA which will then go in a destop PC. So basically I am trying to clone that OS. Can I do that and use it on both pc's?

So I think I need 2 things, correct? 1) a way to connect the laptop to the presumably bare SATA HD. 2) a software program like the 2 mentioned so far that will then clone it via the cable to the SATA.

So it would seem the easiest way to do this would be to buy a usb to sata cable?

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Hi jamst149,
It's not just as simple as that.
If you were to clone the drive over unto a different PC then when you would re-start the PC, Winblows would find lots of new hardware and may get itself into a bit of a twist. It would be looking for driver discs for all the new internal devices in the PC which you would need to have at hand.
A simpler way may be to install a new OS onto the PC (not the laptop) and by means of a USB cable and HUB or even a (1Gb) USB Pen Drive be able to transfer all the required files that you want over from the laptop to the PC.
When you install say WIN XP onto a new drive it automatically installs all the drivers for the new found hardware from the install CD.

regards
Eric132

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Once you have put Winblows and your applications onto the PC you could use a 1Gb USB pen drive to transfer the required data files.

Regards

Eric132

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