Quote: Originally Posted by Gozoman
Not sure if I can do this or not but hopefully someone will know.
At the moment I have two Sony Vaio laptops. My old one has an 80 GB hard drive partitioned as a C and D drive and has Windows XP. My new one has a 320 GB hard drive in one partition C running Windows 7 64 bit. I have several backups on a Freecom 320 GB external hard drive created with Macrium Reflect free edition.
The latest back-up I have on the Freecom is the complete contents of my new computer ammounting to about 72 GB.
Would it be possible for me to copy what is on the Freecom to my old computer in order to create a clone of my new computer? I basically want to have this as a backup in case the new laptop croaks. If this is possible would I have to prepare the old drive in any way such as wiping it clean or re-partitioning it or would the stuff on the Freecom do that as it copied? Thanks for any advice.
The latest clone of your new Laptop cannot/need not be copied onto the old one for two reasons.
1) The Internal HD of the old laptop is 80 GB( is it the real size?) and as such partitioned into 2 drives.You will need to recreate a partition big enough to fit the 72 GB clone of the new one. That will leave you with theoretically 8 GB free space. Your idea of converting the old laptop into another storage disk is hazardous as the chances of an old HD failing are more!
2) The new laptop is a 64-bit system and thus has a 64-bit OS and i assume (as you have not mentioned whether the old laptop is a 32-bit or 64-bit system) and the 72 GB clone is 64-bit and will not be accepted by the old one.Period!
3) As you have a clone of the new OS +all the added media on your External Drive, why are you thinking of copying the clone onto the old laptop with probably insufficient space on the HD? I hope i made it clear.