Software to resize partitions and transfer to other hd


Diamond Member
Feb 4, 2003
I have a 120gb pata hard drive in my system right now with 3 partitions: one winxp, one win2k3 server, and one ubuntu. I just bought a 300gb sata hard drive. I want to transfer all the partitions from the 120gb hd to the 300gb one, and i want to make them all bigger.

What software should I use to do this? Will i have issues moving my windows/linux installations from a pata to a sata hard drive?

So far I know of these programs that may be able to do it, though i have never used any of them and don't know that much about them:

Partition Magic: Not free, but should be able to do what i need (copy/resize partitions
Norton Ghost: Not free, not even sure if it can do this
Seagate Diskwizard: Free, and apparently it can be used to copy partitions, though i don't see that feature on seagates website. Not sure if it can resize partitions.
Ranish Partition Manager: From the free software thread. Seems to have the abiltiy to move and resize partitions, though i haven't heard of it outside that thread, so I'm not sure how safe/reliable it is.

If anyone can shed some light on this situation it would be much appreciated.


Elite Member | Peripherals
Super Moderator
Mar 4, 2000
Just use TrueImage 8 or better to CLONE your smaller drive to the larger one with settings at Manual and proportional. Your smaller drive and partitions will be proportionally cloned to the larger drive.


Platinum Member
Jun 29, 2004
Acronis True Image is one of the best programs to do that. I loved that program. It worked when I moved all my partitions from my 40GB to my 80GB hard drive. Only thing I had to do was enable DMA so it wouldn't be slow, but that was easy.


Golden Member
Nov 13, 1999
I've used the free utilities by both Western Digital and Maxtor to flawlessly clone multi-partition drives to larger drives, including menued choice of auto-scaling partition sizes to fit the larger target drives.

Partition Magic was used to create the original partitions.

Used the Maxtor utility to clone a 20Gb drive to a 40Gb Maxtor.

Used the Western Digital utility to clone the Maxtor drive contents to an 80Gb WD drive.

Instructions should be in the Support section of the drive maker.

Hope this helps!