Monty007....it's an ATA not a SATA HD
Mommabear, you entire post is over my head What is "GUI"? I have no idea what backing up drivers actually does for me, much less how I create '.exe files'. When I mentioned that I was computer illiterate I wasn't kidding. My skill level allows me to surf the web, save pics and documents, and download stuff from the web. It's not uncommon for me to save a file etc and then have no idea how to find where I saved it!
Until my drive started going bad...I had never even attempted to start up in 'safe mode' much less change my boot order(which I CAN do now).
Sorry. GUI means Graphic User Interface. What that means is that your list of drivers will come up looking much like the files and folders look like when you explore anything on your computer in Windows.
So, if the drivers you already have installed on your old hard drive are working okay, DriverGenius will search your computer for them and make the backups for you. You just have to follow the easy instructions in the Wizard. Or look at the choices in the toolbar at the top of the program. You can have it search for all the drivers to backup in one big file. Or you can ask it to just search for the 3rd party drivers and back those up. 3rd party drivers are normally not the drivers that Windows provide. They've been installed using software you've received, for example, with a cd writer or a printer.
After it brings up the list of the drivers it found, they will all be check-marked. If you don't need some of them backed up, just untick what you don't want. Then choose the type of backup you want. The reason I recommend the .exe backup over the regular file copy backup is because then you don't have to go through the Windows Hardware Wizard to browse to any driver folders to find the .inf file.
If you want to install a missing driver after reinstalling Windows, or reinstall a driver over what Windows picked by default, you just leave it ticked and let DriverGenius do it for you.
I back up everything in two .exe files. One has all the drivers it found. The second one just contains my 3rd party drivers. In my reality, there is only one on the backups that I ever need after reinstalling Windows. My sound drivers. XP doesn't have them by default. But I'm one of those who believes you can never have too many backups, so I do them all anyway.
You don't have to worry yourself about how to make an .exe file. DriverGenius will do that for you. .Exe just means the program will run by itself with a click. You don't have to do anything extra. When you click the .exe, DriverGenius will open up looking like it did when you backed up the drivers. You'll see the list of your backups to check or un-check what you want to restore.
The main advantage of having a program like DriverGenius to keep a backup of all your working drivers so that you don't have to search again for updated drivers after reinstalling Windows. The only time you'd need to do that is if a specific manufacturer of your printer model, for example, has issued a new driver to fix a problem. If you don't have that problem, then you don't have to worry about updating it.
Another advantage is that your drivers and any updated drivers are all in one place instead of scattered about on some backup media like floppies or cds.
Then as you add new hardware or get needed driver updates, use DriverGenius again to always have the latest backups available.