Posted 06 February 2012 - 04:06 PM
Hello everyone, I am requesting help getting windows off my C: drive on my 80g Seagate Barracuda HD to install to a new Hitachi Deskstar 400g. It's an old HP computer running XP Pro. I did not get a disc when I bought it, all the windows files are in Cab files. I tried to copy the i386 files but couldn't find any startup files to extract the cab files. I don't want to clone the entire current 80g drive as I want to partition windows and some critical files into a new partition on the new drive. I partitioned off 1g for that purpose. Is that enough for windows files and allow enough for updates? That way I can keep my documents and photos, music etc separated from windows. I think it will be easier to backup that way.
I installed Macrium Reflect but from what I read on the site, you can't pick out specific files, you have to clone the entire drive. If I created a drive image backup for windows on DVD, then restored that to the new drive would windows work off that? The reason I don't want to clone the entire drive is that there are several programs I don't want on the new drive. When I try to delete them, it says "access denied, another program is using this file. close the file and try again." Nothing shows up when I call up what is running at the moment. It is hidden somewhere and I can't find it.If it won't let me delete it now, I probably won't be able to delete it off the new drive if I clone the entire drive.
What's the best way of getting my essential windows cab files out to put on the new drive?