XP onto new HDD without discs?

Seagate Barracuda 250gb hard drive
July 8, 2009 at 16:00:34
Specs: Windows XP sp2, AMD Athlon 3800+ 4GB RAM
My hard drive is failing and I just bought a new one. The problem is, I don't have my Windows XP setup discs anymore, but I am running a licensed copy of XP on the failing hard drive I want to replace. Is there anyway I can somehow move my XP from my old drive to my new one without having to buy a new OS? My new drive is OEM and doesn't come with any software to assist me, from what I can tell. My old hard drive is unbearable to use and I really want XP -- I have absolutely no desire to upgrade to Vista or wait for Windows 7. Thank you!

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#1
July 8, 2009 at 17:49:33
go to the HDD manufacturer's website & download their software. Burn it to a disc & then use it to clone the contents of the old HDD to the new one.

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#2
July 8, 2009 at 22:33:59
I think there is some cloning disk programs that is recommend on the net. But when they perform it they encounter some problems because they clone a faulty hard disk 's OS so I think that it's not a very good option to do. So reconsider on buying a new OS disk for the hard disk.

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#3
July 8, 2009 at 23:34:23
OK, I am using a program Seagate recommended called Acronis True Image to transfer my failing HDD's contents onto a larger external drive as a bootable clone. Now I'm wondering if I need to be able to boot my computer through my external drive in order to do this. (I don't think my BIOS supports such an option.) Or, will the program have some sort of way to let it copy onto my new HDD? This is SATA, so as I understand it, I don't have the option to make it a slave, correct?

This is taking forever to copy. There were some errors copying some of the sectors over on my C: drive (bad clusters, I assume) but I hope it doesn't cause any problems with this. I erased my backed up stuff on my external drive to make this clone instead, so I hope to god it works and my HDD doesn't finally kick the bucket tonight.


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#4
July 9, 2009 at 22:56:23
Well First to do before you clone the hard drive condition it first. Defrag and check might help on doing that. Then run the clone again then see what happens.

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