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Old 05-19-2007, 01:25 PM   #1
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Cloning one laptop to another

Question for the Tech geeks here, anybody know if there's a way to basically clone everything from an old laptop to a newer one without taking it apart?
I know macs have a pretty simple means of doing this but is there somthing for pcs?
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Old 05-19-2007, 02:29 PM   #2
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yeah, use ghosting software. To use this software you do need either another HD (usb HD or even better, another partition on the same HD) or setup an ftp server and have the software place the disk image there.
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Old 05-19-2007, 06:28 PM   #3
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do i just need the iso file?
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Old 05-19-2007, 07:58 PM   #4
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do i just need the iso file?
Yeah, take the iso and burn it to a cd. and boot from it. Remember to set your CD-ROM as the first boot device in your BIOS.
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Old 05-19-2007, 10:58 PM   #5
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ok Saden thanks for the help first off burned the disc the software starts up but hang in the middle of booting linux? Do i have a bad burn? only other thing I can think of is the CD rom on the laptop im replacing seems questionable and i think thats causeing the problem
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Old 05-20-2007, 12:06 AM   #6
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hmm, that's not good. If you have tried booting from the disk several times and the same thing always happens I would go ahead and burn another CD of the ISO. If the second CD has the same problem then you're looking at a) hardware detection problem or b) your cd-rom is defective.

Also, don't forget to shrink your hard drive before you clone.
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Connect an external and send it up with Ghost.
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hey malcolm, congrats and welcome back( and good afternoon)
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Old 05-20-2007, 12:37 PM   #9
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Thanks man. I'm actually sitting here in the Miami airport catching up on my Skins reading. Get back home at around 4:15 tonight where Daseal is picking me up, THEN we have a nice three hour drive back home.

Honestly, I am so fat. Cruises are awesome, but I feel so sloppy and disgusting.
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Old 05-20-2007, 12:47 PM   #10
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Re: Cloning one laptop to another

do I need the full version of Ghost or will the trial get me by? I'm currently trying the 15 days trial hope that works.
Saden I believe the Cd rom has issues so that version ain't gonna work, but thanks for your help.
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Yeah, that should work (I think). Also, you could just buy an external enclosure (about $30) which can hook up ANY type of hard drive so basically you can use old drives as externals. Well worth the investment.
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Old 05-20-2007, 04:03 PM   #12
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yeah ill find a use for the old laptop my wife just doesnt want a new comp unless her settings are the same picky picky
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