It is possible to copy the entire partition on your hard drive with the DVD of vista. It is very useful if you want to change your hard drive in order to restore all data.
To proceed, connect your new hard drive and ensure the destination is greater or the same size to the partition space.
If Vista is not installed on your PC or you want to copy the partition on which Vista is installed, you must have a Vista DVD and your BIOS configured for booting from the CD.
If Vista is installed and you want to copy a partition other than Vista, proceed as follows:
Type cmd in the Search bar menu and press start.
In the opened window, type ROBOCOPY X: \ Y: \ / e / efsraw / copyall / dcopy: t / r: 0 and then click OK. (X and Y are the assigned letters for the two partitions).
Wait for loading and then close the window.
If Vista is not installed or you want to copy the partition on which Vista is installed, proceed as follows:
Insert your Vista DVD and restart your PC. Then any key to prompt.
Wait for the loading and then click "Next"> "Windows Installer".
Once the Windows key appears, press SHIFT and F10, the command prompt will open.
ROBOCOPY type X:\ Y:\ /e /b /efsraw /copyall /dcopy: t /r: 0
and click OK. (X and Y are the assigned letters for the partition).
The b flag says to run this in backup mode. Running this in backup mode will solve any error 5 issues (access denied) on the files being moved. Since you are running through the windows installer, the user has all privileges needed to run in backup mode.
Wait for the loading operation.
Restart your PC and unplug the old drive. Then place the new one.