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Posted 11 December 2014 - 10:32 PM

HI,Heres where i am at with re-installing WINXP.
I need to re-install drivers for WINXP so i can start up PC so i can transfer what is on the old HDD to a newer HDD IT APPEARS that i did not have enough space on old HDD to install drivers so i had a 64GB USB thumb
drive and transfered a backup from the old HHD to it,now can i go into the old HDD AND delete whats on the
backup run the DELL driver install disk to get PC running,update any drivers i need then either keep whats on USB or can i transfer whats on USB to the new HDD all of this is being done on the same PC,THANKS

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Posted 12 December 2014 - 05:42 PM

Drivers don't have to be installed on a hard drive right away...Windows installs default drivers for audio, video, and possibly networking capability, depending on what version of the O/S...and what your system components...are.


Programs cannot be transferred from one drive to another, other than by cloning the entire partition/drive.


The new hard drive needs an install of Windows...and nothing else...in order for it to boot into Windows.  The old hard drive can then be attached as a secondary drive...to the motherboard or via USB...and any/all data files can then be moved from Old Drive to New Drive.



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