I have a Dell laptop with a 250 GB 5400 RPM system drive and a 200 GB 7200 RPM drive from Dell I would like to replace it with.
I thought I could put this drive in the laptop, clone the disk, and then replace the 250 w/ the 200 and be good to go, but Dell has a proprietary SATA interface that is different for HD1 and HD2. Both of my disks have the HD1 attachment. sigh
I also have a SATA-USB connector. I would like to use this to connect the second drive, but now I'm not sure which utilities I can use to clone the drive.
The factors I am concerned about are this:
1. New drive is smaller than old (only 72 GB used on old drive)
2. new drive will be attached via USB, not directly to the SATA
3. old OS runs Vista, so I can't use my full copy of Norton Ghost 10 (or can I?)
Any live CDs I can use to boot to that will do a full copy meeting my conditions above? I'm comfortable using command-line or Linux tools to accomplish this, I just need it to go smoothly. (wife's computer...)
I would also be willing to use
gparted or something similar to resize my current disk partition to meet the reduced capacity of the newer drive, as a last resort.