Can I clone a desktop HDD to a laptop?

July 29, 2011 at 13:10:51
Specs: Windows XP Professional, 4GB
I cloned my pc's hard drive in case my system crashed. I have many older programs that are not replaceable (and files). I will be traveling so I wanted to get a laptop but cannot get XP Pro on it. Can I clone a PC hard drive onto a laptop?without first having an OS on it? How would I do this? My hard drive is 300 GB with 1/2 used. My ram is 4 GB.

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July 29, 2011 at 16:18:38
There will be too many driver conflicts for that to work.

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July 29, 2011 at 18:02:18
It may be possible but you'd have to repair the install. See web pages on how to fix hal.

Might be possible to use a virtual machine under linux or another os.

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July 29, 2011 at 20:08:14
If you have Windows 95 or 98, it will be a lot easier. XP needs to match the motherboard.

With XP, you can remove the drivers & do as mentioned the repair. You will then probably need to reactivate XP.

Before you move the HD - uninstall as many drivers as you can in Device manager, especially chipset, ethernet (LAN), video and sound.
When that's done - shut the computer down (do NOT restart) and move the HDD.
Now Windows should start with the new motherboard.

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