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Posted 02 December 2011 - 11:39 PM
Posted 03 December 2011 - 12:28 AM
Edited by Lefty3120, 03 December 2011 - 12:48 AM.
Posted 03 December 2011 - 08:53 AM
Posted 03 December 2011 - 10:00 AM
Ok a few things here.. first the solution your looking for is called Disk Imaging Software. Macrium Reflect is a good free piece of software. This will create an exact snapshot of the drive as is. Once it's time to restore you simply copy the image onto the new drive. If your interested in something a bit more flexible I recommend Acronis True Image.
Personally I think its better to just reinstall Windows on the new drive, make backups of data only and copy over the data on a fresh install. It would be more time consuming but in the end save you from some uncertainties.
Posted 03 December 2011 - 10:22 AM
FWIW: Microsoft...doesn't prepare restore/reccovery disks. The system manufacturer has that responsibility, which is why the restore/recovery mechanisms...vary depending on the manufacturer, system model, and date purchased.
Some restore disks work in conjunction with partitions that the manufacturer installed on the drive...some work without such. To find out the exact manner in which your restore mechanism works...you would have to either read the system documentation and/or visit the manufacturer's website documentation.
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