Macrium Reflect Free
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"It worked for me and was fast"
I finally gave up on EaseUs Todo Backup Free and researched some others on CNET. I was hoping to avoid having to burn a disc or discs since I was temporarily hooked up via the DVD connectors (as it ToDo Backup recommended). I found a detailed how-to video on YouTube about Macrium Reflect Free.
I gave it a shot and once it started the new hard drive also stopped appearing on 'Computer.' But, it was not writing to the old drive, so I let it keep going. Looks like it did the trick. I don't know why ToDo Backup kept writing to the old HP Recovery partition or 'losing' the new drive.
MRF software was also faster.
It cloned my drive and it booted to it after I removed the old one.
Here's that video:
I was glad to find such a detailed explanation and I guess I didn't have anything hooked up wrong (but, don't hold me to that).
None I can think of
It worked and is fast.
I am a 58 year-old who has minimal PC fixin' experience. Unfortunately I know more about PC's than either of my two college grad children. Never imagined that would be the case. And my computer-whiz brother-in-law lives two hours away and was VERY busy (for real). And my nephew (who might could have helped) is off at college.
I figured cloning my failing hard drive would not be as easy as it sounded like, but in the end it was (finally) with THIS software.