Clone XP installation onto seperate disk

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ray_gillespie

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I currently have 1 SATA HD with XP Pro SP2 on it. I might be getting a copy of Vista soon, and if I do I would like to completely clone my current installation of XP onto an older PATA HD so I will be free to install VIsta on my newer and faster SATA disk. I want to keep both OSs for a while in case Vista has significant problems with anything I use at the moment.

Is there any software, preferably free, that will allow me to completely copy the contents and OS of one disk to another?

Reps for help.

EDIT: Can anyone correct the spelling in the thread title? It should be spelt 'separate'!
 
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kcnychief

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Tools like Norton's Ghost Acronis True Image will let you do it, don't know of any free apps though.
 

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Ghost and True Image are two popular choices. I've used True Image on a number of occasions, and it works as advertised. :)

DriveImage XML is a free alternative that I've come across but never had a chance to try yet, so I'm not sure how well it works. GetDataBack, a data recovery tool from the same company, has worked very well in my experience though, so DIXML might be just as good.
http://www.runtime.org/dixml.htm
 

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Great, thanks for the help. I've actually got a version of Acronis that was free thanks to a tip by NetRyder! I've just dug it out and installed it, I'll see how it goes from there.

Thanks again guys!
 

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true image and norton ghost are imaging backup progs, i mean it's worth to use them if you need to make backup of your computer, and if you need only to clone the old drive tot a new one, you can use another prog, for example migrate easy, it can easily do what you need and it has a 15 day full working trial version.
 

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I don't think that has anything I need that True Image doesn't but thanks for pointing it out.
 

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