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Copy/Transfer OS to another pc

by pcguy_jim / June 29, 2006 2:36 AM PDT

XP pro is on a preinstalled partition (i have the recovery disks only) on my laptop.

Which is the best / easiest way to copy the OS only, to my other pc, prior to shredding the current HD

After shredding how would i move the OS back to the Laptop if it is completly empty.

Hope this makes sence!!

The reason i asked is that formating does not remove all the information. the disk is nearly full. would shredding give me much more space?

The laptop is my main server in the home.

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Can't be done. Here's why.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 29, 2006 2:47 AM PDT

The laptops with supplied OSes are LOCKED to that hardware and when moved will not boot or ACTIVATE.

As to copying the hard disk, that is easy. Look up Acronis, DriveCopy, Ghost and many others.

"After shredding how would i move the OS back to the Laptop if it is completly empty."

This makes no sense at all. The drive would be as it was at the beginning of the operation. Maybe if you revealed the issues and goals something else can be offered.


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More info
by Merl Priester / June 29, 2006 2:27 PM PDT

If you are asking to use the OS on another machine then Bob is correct, you cannot do that.
If you want to move it to another PC so you can transfer it to a new and bigger laptop drive, then yes you can do that.
You will need adapters for the laptop drives so they will work on USB or IDE connections in a desktop. Then you can clone your laptop drive to new laptop drive.

Other options, use software that will make an image of your laptop drive to DVD (if your laptop will burn them)
and then restore the image from the DVDs to the new drive.
There are a multitude of drive imaging software out there.

Cheapest method: New drive reinstall from restore disks, reinstall software, restore data.

This also gives you a clean install.

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more info
by pcguy_jim / June 29, 2006 9:48 PM PDT
In reply to: More info

I think i understand.
the reason for formating a shredding is that. It needs a format, and i thought ! shredding would free more space and make the disk run smoother. as at present it is very slow nearly full and a little noisy (grainy).

so i can copy the HD on the laptop to another storage divice (dont have a DVD burner) eg file on another pc?

then shred HD on laptop, replace original data from the back up?

Or should i just refomat again? will shredding make any real differnce to the performance of the HD?

Thanks for all your help. sorry if i seem a little vague!

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No payoff. Here's why.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 29, 2006 10:08 PM PDT
In reply to: more info

Let's say you successfully create a backup of said hard disk, format it and then restore the backup. I hope you see that the hard disk is now exactly the way it was at the beginning of this exercise.


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Drive space
by billzhills / June 29, 2006 11:24 PM PDT

Noticed in another post that HDD had grainy sound.

You need to first run a HDD diagonsit utility on the drive. If it is failing nothing you do will increase the performace.

Second: Formating a drive removes the pointers (simplifed) to the OS and files. Creating to the OS an empty drive. (again simplifed).

No need to move the OS to another system. Hard copy your files to DVD/CDs. Bring up the recover partition and do a destrictive restore. All data will be lost and system returned to factory condition.


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re HD
by pcguy_jim / July 1, 2006 7:56 PM PDT
In reply to: Drive space

Most helpfull thanks.

I have not herd of a "destrictive restore" please run through the process i would need to do, to under take sugested task? does the above if any differ from a format?


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by John.Wilkinson / July 2, 2006 3:18 AM PDT
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Since you have an OEM Recovery System, the answer varies. With a retail version of XP, it's the same for everyone since you just have a copy of a mass-produced CD from Microsoft. However, computer manufacturers customize their copies how they see fit, and can vary it from model to model. Thus we'd need a make and model for specifics.

Now, a destructive recovery is the OEM Recovery System equivalent to reformatting the hard drive and reinstalling the wipes all of the data so you can start fresh. A non-destructive recovery is the OEM Recovery System equivalent of a repair installation, in which the key system files are replaced while the existing programs and files are left in tact. Note, though, that this varies...some non-destructive recoveries do wipe some non-system files, so it's wise to keep an up-to-date backup just in case.

Hope this helps,

P.S. Note that OEM recovery Systems are linked to the manufacturer's hardware, so they won't work on other computers, whereas a retail version of XP will, with certain stipulations.

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