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Question on Replacing Hard Drive under Windows XP

Hi,
I have Windows XP Sp2 installed in my laptop. I wish to replace my hard drive. I got a new hard drive and a USB enclosure. I plan to replace the hard drive by connecting the new blank harddrive in the enclosure to my laptop and copying all the files from my current HD onto the new one and then installing the new HD into my laptop. Is ths method going to work? Is there any technical isseu I am overlooking? I will appreciate any help. I don't have the XP installation CD so this is the only way I can think of replacing the hard drive.

Thanks in advance
Oniket

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Nope, that doesn't work.

In reply to: Question on Replacing Hard Drive under Windows XP

Look to ACRONIS to duplicate that drive.

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Why not use the enclosure with the old hard drive,

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install the new hard drive and once you have finished reinstalling everything, you can copy your informaton off the old hard drive onto the new one. Be sure to prepare no matter what you do. Have all of the program installation disks, product key numbers, drivers for your hardware and enough time to reload everything.

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Re: Why not use the enclosure with the old hard drive

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You suggested I "install the new hard drive". I am not
sire what you mean by "Install" here. As I mentioned in my original post I don't have the Windows XP installation CD. Can you please explain. Thanks

Oniket

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Just FYI. Get that XP CD or restore CD before disaster....

In reply to: Re: Why not use the enclosure with the old hard drive

Most go looking for it after XP fails.

At least you have some time to fix this issue.

Bob

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replacing a hard drive on computer

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I you have a usb box, just get a basic copy of Acronics and clone your hard drive to the new hard drive. just remember if you have errors in your os, they will be clone to the other drive.

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