New hard drive, no os reinstall

March 16, 2009 at 17:45:05
Specs: Windows XP
i want to buy a new hard drive and use it as a master. i want to keep the old as a slave. i dont want to reinstall the os. is it possible to move the os installation to the new one and use it as if nothing is different?

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March 16, 2009 at 18:10:05
Yes. it is possible. The new drive may come with a software CD that contains the required cloning software. The last seagate drive I purchased did.

The instructions in the readme were very clear and easy to follow.

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March 16, 2009 at 18:10:25
Yes. There are many free tools that will do this. Look for "Driving Imaging" or "Partition copying" tools. DriveImage XML, XXClone, and CloneZilla are just a few examples.

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March 16, 2009 at 18:16:42
Make sure that you do a 'disk' copy/image. A 'partition' copy will not work, because it doesn't copy the Master Boot Record.

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