Given the Access 2010 beta and the requirement for more Virtual PC sessions and such my 150 Gb hard drive in my laptop was getting too small. So I purchased a 7200 RPM 500 Gb hard drive, downloaded Acronis True Image Home 11 and installed it.
I have a $25 tool that has a hard drive power supply and a USB connector at one end and SATA and IDE connectors at the other end. I hooked up the new hard drive to the tool and told True Image Home to clone the hard drive. And I went to bed.
When I got up the screen told me the hard drive was successfully cloned. It powered off the laptop. I switched hard drives and now I have 323 Gb free. Ahhhh, I feel much less constipated now. So the tool worked quite painlessly.
Disclaimer: As an MVP we get free software offers such as this one. We are asked to write about our experiences. I can assure you though that if I had something bad to say I would’ve typed it. Indeed I once did find something that just didn’t make sense to me and I emailed Acronis appropriately.
Also two weeks ago I upgraded the memory in my laptop to 2.5 Gb as well. So I’m set for a bit.