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Easy Transfer Of Os & Applications To New Hdd?

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#1 allin


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Posted 09 July 2008 - 07:25 PM

I need to increase the HDD of my early Viao notebook from 40gB to 120gB. The current HDD is working fine but is obviously too small. My issue is: After partitioning and formatting the new drive, is there an easy way to simply copy/ transfer over all of the OS, Drivers, Settings and Applications to a new HDD and then simply plugging it on board?
I want to avoid having to reinstall everything? If this is possible, can someone please advise how to do this.
Another reason for wanting to transfer rather than re-build on the new HDD is that my OS is an early WinXp (now fully updated, patched and service packed ...) and I'd hate to go through all those update steps again. Also a friend claims that MS no longer supports earliest WinXP (building-up from a basic XP2002). Advice appreciated.

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Posted 09 July 2008 - 07:59 PM

It will involve buying an external laptop hard drive enclosure and a ghosting program such as Acronis Tru Image or Norton Ghost
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Posted 09 July 2008 - 08:06 PM

Have a read here: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html
Imaging a hard drive to another hard drive will encounter similar issues (since the image will contain stuff from the old hard drive). The good news is that it should work fairly well since the hard drive is the only thing that will change.

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Posted 20 August 2008 - 09:18 PM

This thread was posted on my original post, so I just wanted to link to my update as it may be useful to others.


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