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upgrading hard drive before it breaks and I run out of room

by brlarson / April 13, 2008 10:44 AM PDT

I am about to change the hard drive on my Compaq presario 2045us. The computer is almost 5 years old but still does what I need. the old drive still works but is too small (60GB). Also XP sp2 is starting to have a few problems and I think that after 5 years it is time to put in the restore disks and start over, os wise but not with all the apps. I have most of the software disks needed to reinstall apps but I wondered if my Acronis true image 9 software (or other software) would allow me to selectively copy some of the programs off the old drive and save the hassle of reinstalling and validating? I have been making backup images for the last 6 months (one per month) to an external drive in case the laptop dive fails.

Any help on how to change the drive out?
Suggestions on what drive to buy?

I am fairly computer literate but this is not something I have done yet and I thought It would be good to ask before I break anything.

P.S. I have a second identical laptop if that will be of any help during the process.

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No, disk imaging is an all or nothing proposition. There's really no way to migrate apps for Windows, and that's pretty much by design.

Just think of it as a good opportunity to evaluate whether or not you really need this or that program.

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by megamannt92 / April 13, 2008 1:41 PM PDT
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I have four of those PMR drives. . .
by Coryphaeus / April 13, 2008 9:14 PM PDT
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from 80 and 160 Gig internals to a 450 in an external USB enclosure. Excellent is all I can say. Fast.

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