Making a bootable copy of my hard drive?

Ive got a 60GB hard drive in my lappy, i want to copy it onto a 300gb one i have in a USB caddy and then boot that one up on my laptop.

what am I doing wrong? I've used a couple of programs such as Acronis but when i boot up the external one in the laptop it doesn't recognise it.

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You need to use a program such as 'Ghost' that makes a mirror image of the original drive, not just copy the files from one drive to another.

Never heard of Acronis, so can't say if that is the correct type of program.

I assume you've successfully managed to copy the 60GB drive contents to 300Gb drive using Acronis. If so:
Are you swapping the 60Gb HDD with the 300GB drive inside your lappy.

If not, as you're booting with the 300Gb drive attached via USB, you need to do the following.
First in Windows (I assume your're running Windows) right click 'My Computer' and select Manage, goto Disk management and select your USB Drive and the partition you've copied over and make it Active. Then you need to go to Lappy's BIOS and change the Boot order so that the USB device is listed first. Couple of points here, make sure the USB drive is powered and connected when you boot your lappy into BIOS mode. Secondly you need to ensure you're Lappy's BIOS supports Booting from USB devices.

Hopefully after the above, you should be able to boot from your USB drive

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In acronis i made sure it was "clone" rather than just copying files.

I cannot boot from USB on my lappy, i am putting the drive into to the computer.

Thanks for the advice though.

I would imagine it is because the lappy cannot interpret or see the geometry of a hdd that size, it may have a smaller limit such as 147Gb
Check the bios recognises and reports the size of the 300Gb drive when inserted, maybe there is a bios update for the laptop.

The Acronis clone will be fine.

If you're lappy does not support boot from USB, check the version of the BIOS, chances are the manufacter's will have an updated BIOS that will support USB Boot. They should also have intructions on how to download and apply the newer BIOS

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The Acronis clone will be fine.If you're lappy does not support boot from … The Acronis clone will be fine.If you're lappy does not support boot from USB, check the version of the BIOS, chances are the manufacter's will have an updated BIOS that will support USB Boot. They should also have intructions on how to download and apply the newer BIOS



OP is not booting the clone off usb.
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