The other day I upgraded the hard drive in my wife's tablet PC (Gateway CX210X) from 80Gb to 160Gb. I got a good deal on the new drive from a Circuit City store that was closing. I had never upgraded a laptop hard drive before and I wanted to do it the easiest way possible. I found a free software solution in EASEUS Disk Copy.
This software allowed me to make an exact copy of the old hard drive on the new one. The software download comes as an ISO file that you just burn to a CD. You then boot the computer from the CD to start the program. I had the new hard drive attached via an external USB enclosure. EASEUS Disk Copy launched and found both hard drives. I simply selected the old drive as the source and the new drive as the destination. It took about 1.5 hours to completely copy the 80Gb. When the software was done I shutdown the computer, removed the old hard drive, installed the new hard drive and started the computer back up. Vista booted right up and everything worked. The only other thing I had to do was increase the size of the C: drive partition.
Because the old hard drive was smaller there was about 75Gb of unrecognized space on the new drive. Vista made resizing the partition really easy.
1. Click on the Start menu.
2. Right click on Computer.
3. Select Manage.
4. The Computer Management program will start.
5. On the left menu tree select Storage->Disk Management.
6. Right click on the partition to change and select Extend Volume.
7. Follow the prompts to resize the partition.
This resized my C: partition to fill the remaining disk space. Now my wife has a lot of storage space to fill up with her Zune Pass subscription.