I would like to buy a larger hard drive for my drive bay caddy. My current hard drive is a 250GB - WD2500BEVE. I believe it is a PATA or ide ATA interface. My computer is a Precision M65.
What is the largest hard drive available? What is the best way to transfer data and install?
I think you'll find the largest PATA drive is 320G - everything larger is SATA.
You can clone the existing drive using something like Acronis TrueImage or Symantec Ghost (you will need a way to connect one of the drives externally to do the job).
As EJN suggests... you'll need to hook up the original drive externally.
An IDE enclosure is one way, but you can also buy multi-adapters which allow you to connect various types of device via USB - i.e. IDE +/or SATA 2.5 and 3.5" hard drives, and 5.25"/optical drives, for about the same price as an external enclosure.
The adapters are available for about £10 here in the UK (on Ebay), and if I've piqued your interest, just Google (i.e.) 'USB 2.0 - IDE/SATA Adapter' emoticon.Wink.title
Whatever option you choose, once the old hard drive is hooked up, you can use a commercial program such as Acronis True Image to backup/image everything on it.
But there are plenty of free hard drive backup/imaging programs out there - including:
Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Free Edition
O&O DiskImage 4 Express
Macrium Reflect (no longer free - apparently?)
There are many imaging and backup programs mentioned/linked to on this The Free Country page too.
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