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Replacing Hard Drive


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#1 grey_ghost

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 02:40 PM

My HD is making bad clicking noises when it hits certain sections on the drive so I want to replace it before it dies. From what I read here trying to just duplicate the drive with the OS can be a pain.
So is this the easiest solution:
Place new drive in system as master, format and boot from WinXP cd
Install XP on new drive
Copy all relevant programs to the new drive.
Remove old drive.

Since defrag moves files around I can't imagine many programs are referencing the addresses of files so any doc's, programs, saved games, etc should all work since they are referencing the file name not location.

Or am I heavily confused? :huh:

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#2 Allan

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 04:27 PM

Download and use Macrium Reflect to create an image of your drive and then restore it to the new drive
http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx




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