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January 3, 2009 at 20:15:17
Specs: Windows XP , 2.0Ghz /512MB
I am wanting to change all the components of a system, namely the HDD upgrading from 19GB to 200GB. I have a docking station (thermaltake BlacX) and I am wanting to know how to change EVERYTHING from one drive to the other and it still possibly boot to the new drive once its in the new system by just installing it. This possible?

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January 3, 2009 at 20:36:17
First things first. If your computer came with a 20Gb hard drive chances are you can't directly install a 200GB hard drive. From the little bit of system specs you do list you may be able to support the drive. Need more info to know for sure.

Your BIOS must support drives larger than 127GB. This is called 48 bit LBA compliance. See the link below for more info on this.

Next, you aren't going to get WinXP to boot and run from an external enclosure. This is by Microsoft design.

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January 3, 2009 at 20:42:28
ok the board it is going to DOES have support for large drives ASUS M3N-HT Deluxe Mempipe. I am pulling from another different board. I just want it to transfer all the information. that's all. So If I can't create a large primary partition then my best bet would be to take the new drive. Install XP home onto it. then get all the files I need from the other computer (in this case the whole C: drive) and transfer to and fro that way?

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January 3, 2009 at 20:53:59
You can use the USB drive to clone from the computer to the USB.

Get the cloning software from the hard drive manufacturer's site. Either brand but probably better to get it for the 200GB. Not sure if you can clone to a multi-partitioned drive or not with those free utilities.

A clean install is always best anyway.

Cloning from the IDE to a SATA drive will create boot problems too. You need to install SATA drivers in order for Windows to recognize the drive. As I said, best to do a clean install.

You can transfer personal files by whatever means available. External drive, flash drive optical disk, Network, direct crossover cable to both NICs.

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January 3, 2009 at 20:59:47
Ok then I will just do a clean install of XP home and then transfer everything over to the new drive. I was afraid there might be difficulties in going from IDE to SATA. Thanks

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January 4, 2009 at 06:34:52
You said you wanted to change all the components of your system. Do you mean the MOBO, keyboard, and everything else? Your post isn't clear.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown

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January 5, 2009 at 13:39:05
No just changing the RAM, MOBO, CPU, PSU. Everything else is staying the same or close to it.

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January 5, 2009 at 13:58:49
Changing all that hardware would probably require a fresh install anyway.

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