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Installing new Hard Drive

by smarkee / January 31, 2009 11:58 PM PST

I have a custom made PC,with an older 30 gig Maxtor HD,Win XP PRO,I have a new %00 gig Hitachi Deskstar I'd like to replace it with.I'd prefer to just clone the old drive,as opposed to new install of OS and copying all the other files.could anyone head me in the right direction,or discourage me if this isn't a goood idea.
Thank You In Advance S Markee

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So you have XP PRO?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 1, 2009 12:01 AM PST

This is a problem. Your XP PRO (notice no SP) as the base OS has a 127GB limitation. Look closely at your XP PRO CD and if it's marked with SP1 or SP2 then clone that drive and move on. If your XP PRO CD is just "XP PRO" then you want to do the clean install.

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Thanks for the Quick Reply BOB
by smarkee / February 1, 2009 12:36 AM PST
In reply to: So you have XP PRO?

I guess I'm a bit green on including all the imfo. My copy of WP includes SP2 and my system is updated to SP3.Is ther software included in XPsp3 to do this job,or do I need a third party program.I have the new drive connected,but windows only shows it in device manager,i've not looked in the bios.
Thanks Again S Markee

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That's proper.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 1, 2009 12:42 AM PST

A blank drive would do just that. Let's hope the drive makers keep shipping blank drives.

Since your base OS is fine, why not clone the drive, shutdown, swap in the drive to the boot position and try it?

PS. Just an idea about clone software. I use G4U but some find it too challenging. Try

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Thanks Much Bob
by smarkee / February 1, 2009 1:05 AM PST
In reply to: That's proper.

Think i'll take your advise on miray,looks like it might do the trick,hopefully i'll be back to you in a while with a success story.
thanks again S Markee!!

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P.S. To Bob
by smarkee / February 3, 2009 4:37 AM PST
In reply to: That's proper.

Hello Bob,I've been reading up on the miray software,wondering what your advise would be on mode preference,drive to drive or create an image? Not sure which is the best method for my situation. still haven't gotten up the courage to go ahead with it yet.
Thanks Again S Markee.

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Why an image?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 3, 2009 4:44 AM PST
In reply to: P.S. To Bob

I thought you wanted to clone the drive and use the clone?

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Your Exactly Right !!
by smarkee / February 3, 2009 4:54 AM PST
In reply to: Why an image?

You're right on the money Bob,thats exactly what I want to do,guess I didn't quite understand the difference,from the instructions.Aparently an image is used more for recovery,or backup then,i'm getting close to having the courage.
Thanks Much once Again,S Markee.

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Hello Again Bob
by smarkee / February 3, 2009 10:20 AM PST
In reply to: Your Exactly Right !!

I've just completed the clone exercise,aparently the source drive had a lot of errors on it/HDDclone issued a notice advising that due to errors during copying the drive may not be consistant.
Fix potential errors prior to further use with CKDSK or similar tools.Otherwisefile errors may occur.
In case the copy will not be used further,please delete the copy.
For data rescue purposes chose/select No Change and don't use CKDSK since this may result in losing rescue relivant data.
Should i try CHKDSK on the source disk,and re copy the drive or run CKDSK on the new copy?
Thanks S Markee

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 3, 2009 10:34 AM PST
In reply to: Hello Again Bob
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Error message
by smarkee / February 5, 2009 10:17 PM PST
In reply to: What is HDDCLONE?

Good Morning BOB!!
First of all,thank you for the explanation on the CKDSK,Second,Guess I didn't realize that I'd put the second D in HDClone,I'm not typing literate,as you'll notice.
The drive to Drive copy completed,and the report window noted many read errors during the copy process,didn't say what they were.Thats what prompted me to ask about the CKDSK,after your advice,I shutdown the PC,disconnected the original(source)drive.Attempted to boot from the copied drive,I'm getting the error message,NTLDR missing.should I attempt to replace the NTLDR,or just wipe the drive clean and start over? My thoughts being is this a normal situation,or just the start of a series of errors to come?
Any Advice Would AS Always, BE Much Apreciated!! Thank You S Markee.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 5, 2009 10:45 PM PST
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I can't guess what state of backups you maintain. I can't guess if you will lose it all by the chkdsk.

I could share I would get my 3 copies off to my 3 backup systems and just start over.

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Hi Bob
by smarkee / February 5, 2009 10:58 PM PST
In reply to: YOUR CHOICE HERE.

At present I have no backup for the source drive,other than what system restore produces,which isn't a backup per say.The only other copy I have is the one I made with HDClone the other nite,which like I say won't boot,just gives the NTLDR missing message.Thus i guess I'm stumped,other than to try to copy again,or backup my source drive, erase my entire system and start fresh.I'd like not to have to go through the replacing al my files that way,but maybe my system is in such a state that it won't copy properly.
Thanks for Your Ear,If you feel to advise further ,I'm listening. Thanks Again S Markee.

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