How do I move an installed XP to another HDD?

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August 25, 2010 at 14:28:45
Specs: Windows XP SP3 Pro, 2.53GHz/1.25GB
Well, what I want to know if I can copy an XP installation from one HDD to another, but on the same computer, ie the same configuration, the same devices, only that the system unit would be different.
Since Windows XP is NT, I know that each device has an ID and a specific driver, the question is ... If I have a XP installed, with drivers and programs, how can I move that installation to a new hard drive without getting the blue screen?

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August 25, 2010 at 15:02:42
Virtually all the major drive manufacturers have a free utility designed to do just that. It is called cloning the drive. You will need to have both drives connected at the same time.

Is your computer a laptop or a desktop type? Do you know what brand hard drives you are dealing with?

The only two issues you could run into are these. First if you are currently using an IDE type drive and want to go to a SATA type you will have a problem there. Second is if your computer's BIOS is not 48 bit LBA compliant and you want to install a hard drive larger than 127GB.

Post some specs for further help.

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August 26, 2010 at 16:09:21
Well, I need it for a HP Pavilion with Windows XP installed on a USB drive, what I want is to copy that installation and work with it on other USB drive or HDD. Also I'm interested in doing it on my desktop PC, because my system unit is very small, and I have another bigger hard drive but don't want to format and installing all again.

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August 28, 2010 at 02:21:47
Clone the installation/drive to the new (larger) drive... much as suggested by "OtH..."; and afterwards I think.. you run a fixboot/fixmbr routine... Although not having done this whole routine (yet)... may not be strictly correct re' the fixboot etc...

Also if you have any data etc. on the system as is, then safeguard that first;copy to external storage (DVD or an external HD).

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