View Full Version : Cloning IDE drive to SATA
02-10-2005, 10:25 AM
I've currently got a WD 120GB HD in my main system but have just aquired a 200GB SATA drive for free and want to use this as the main drive and sell the 120GB.
What's the best software for cloning the current main drive over to my new one?
Also, will there be any problems moving from an IDE to SATA under WinXP, as it usually requires a SATA driver disk when installing.
02-10-2005, 10:38 AM
I'm not sure what all cloning software is going to support your SATA controller (maybe something that runs within Windows?)
If you install the drivers for your SATA controller into the Windows XP OS before cloning it should be OK. (If you don't already have them installed)
02-10-2005, 11:13 AM
Western Digital's free Lifeguard tools might do the job.
Download from Here (http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp?cxml=n&pid=1&swid=1)
It appears to offer s disk copying facility, although I've never used it.
As for SATA drivers, I think you only need those when the SATA ports are connected to a RAID controller.
Here's a screen shot of the WD software:
02-10-2005, 11:32 AM
Does simply copying folders over work though? I thought you needed to copy over the FAT table e.t.c, which can't be unless u use some specific software, not sure if this will do it?
02-10-2005, 11:38 AM
I don't think so, flopps. Windows does not have support for SATA in any form. You will need to supply a driver on diskette for the SATA controller on your motherboard to install Windows XP (unless you have a bios setting to put it in compatibiltity mode... normal ATA, after which I think you can install drivers and change the setting)
The bios will identify the drive, but you still need drivers for the i/o.
02-10-2005, 12:30 PM
Furts: OK, try Acronis True Image, that works well.
It wouldn't hurt to try though, would it? Fit your new drive; copy; shut down, disconnect old drive; boot.
If it no work all you have to do is reconnect old drive, reboot and format your new drive. Nothing lost.
G: Oh, OK. I haven't actually used a single SATA drive, I have 2 RAID 0 setups, only SATA drives I have. I live and I learn ;)
02-10-2005, 06:09 PM
Flopps, you were almost my fave person in the world 2min ago. Ran the program, seemed to work fine, disconnected the IDE drive, set the SATA as boot drive, got to the windows log on screen, entered my user and pw and started logging on, then it logged off straight away.
Does this all the time, doh, would have been too easy for a computer problem.
Norton Ghost 8 and 9 support IDE and SATA drives from the boot floppies.
I have done image copies from IDE to SATA many times with Ghost.
It will also re-size the partition(s) to fit on the new drive.
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