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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-10-2011, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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New Hard Drive??

I plan to change my hd only because it’s 6 years old.
It’s only 80gb(IDE/NTFS) and I’m only using 40gb. I’ll probably go with a 320gb hd since that’s smallest/norm most retail stores carry. I know I can smaller on-line.

My dell pc has xp home-sp3, 2.80ghz Pentium 4, 2gb ram.
I have added graphic and sound cards(pci) and a cd/dvd-rw.
It serves my usage adequately.

I have an external 180gb hd that’s Fat-32 formatted that I want to use to backup my hd.

First of all I was wondering if there would be a problem because of the different formats.
I think I can just reformat the external hd to NTFS before backup.

I know when I install xp on the new hd (I have the installation disk) it should perform the necessary formatting with Fat-32 or NTFS file system options.

Will it install all the original drivers,or will it recognize the new hardware or must I reinstall the new drivers??
Also will it install all the original,controllers and programs??

As far as backing up my hd and restoring is there a program that:
1: Can copy the ENTIRE hd (Data, Programs, etc) to my external hd as is, without condensing
them or converting them to zip files??
Copy/Paste or Drag & Drop wouldn’t do it, I get a message that some files are being used
and must be closed to move them.

2: Then restore them to the new hd, asking if I want to replace any existing files (like Copy/Paste
or Drag & Drop does) that the re-install of xp may have installed??

This way I may get away with having to re-install the 117+ programs I have.

If I can do what I want to do in step 2, the correct drivers, programs ,etc will be on the new hd and it will be Power On and go.(wishful thinking).

Any help will be greatly appreciated, even hd preferences.
Thanks in advance,

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-10-2011, 06:38 PM
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Acronis True Image is a good program for backing up a disc or partition sector by sector.

There's also Norton Ghost and some others out there that will do the same thing.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-10-2011, 06:56 PM
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Clonezilla is another good one - open source & free... worked great for me when I upgraded from a 200G drive to a 500G.
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If you're buying a retail packaged hard drive a lot of times it'll come with a CD for cloning. Most of the hard drive manufacturers have that same software available on their websites for free download also.
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I prefer to build a fresh image when I replace a HDD. Over months and years of use, drives can get fragmented, performance suffers. I have my data backed up in several locations, so throwing a new image on a PC and copying data is no big deal to me. With that said, I have thought about creating a "clean" image of my PC to be able to do just this very thing. Get it to the point where the drivers are loaded, the OS is updated, and your "core" apps are installed & configured. Saves mucho time....

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