When a person first opens up a new laptop, they are greeted with speed, versatility and the potential to do about 20 things at once with little or no lag time. As the computer gets older and the user piles more and more information into the hard drive, the system will begin a slow decline that will eventually lead to a crash if it is not dealt with promptly and properly. One way to fix the problem of a hard drive space deficit is to clone the laptop hard drive that is causing the computer to run so slowly.
If you want to clone your hard drive to an internal HDD, then make sure you have the following:
- The new HDD you want to use as a clone
- Firewire or USB connected device
- Cloning software (free online or available for purchase)
After you make sure you have all of the tools you’ll need, follow the instructions below:
Clean Up Your Computer
Delete unwanted files and defragment your computer before transferring files, that way you won’t be waiting for hours on things that are completely meaningless to you.
Mount the New Drive
In order to clone your hard drive, you will need a hard drive reader that you can mount your hard drive on to and connect to your computer via USB or Firewire cable. Mount the hard drive very carefully into the reader and make sure your laptop is off before continuing.
Transfer All Your Data
Once everything is ready, plug in the USB cable which comes with your hard drive reader and boot up your computer. If you have software on a disc, then place it in the computer before turning it on. If your software is on your desktop, just run it from there. Transferring all the data from one hard drive to another can take about an hour or more depending on how much information there is to transfer.
Replace Old with New
Once the transfer is complete, turn off your computer, unplug it, and take the battery out. Then follow the instructions on how to replace the hard drive in your particular laptop.