Transfer old hdd to new PC

November 1, 2010 at 03:22:29
Specs: Windows XP, intel celeron / 256
Hi

I use an old spec pc for my business use. Its about 7 yrs old and runs windows xp pro. i have updated thru the years but it is running very slow. I have decided on having a new tower built. The problem i have is that i have software on my old machine for which i no longer have installation discs so i need to transfer ALL the information from my old tower to my new one. My old hard drive is a 40gb seagate ide. I have two questions.

1. Could i just install this hard drive in the the new tower. I have been told that i would need to do a xp repair install to get it working on the new pc.

2. I am running acronis true image on my old pc which performs backups. Could i create a clone of this hard drive onto a larger hard drive for use in my new tower. I would rather do this as i think my old hdd is almost full.

I would be grateful for any advice


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#1
November 1, 2010 at 03:37:44
Yes you can use Acronis to Clone the old hard drive to the new one.

As regards XP, you will need to perform a Repair Install, the biggest dificulty is obtaining XP drivers for new hardware. Personally have found that XP does not always perform well on newer hardware....

http://michaelstevenstech.com/XPrep...


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#2
November 1, 2010 at 03:44:48
Thanks for the swift response. I have a couple more questions.

would i perform the clone process on the new or old pc, or doesnt it make a differance.

do i need to boot from the acroinis install disc to perform the clone


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#3
November 1, 2010 at 08:31:29
Best to clone on old PC then repair on new PC.

However, I am not sure that after the repair that you will have access to all your applications other than Windows.

Try it anyway.

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#4
November 1, 2010 at 08:35:25
"do i need to boot from the acronis install disc to perform the clone"

Not if you are cloning on the old PC.
However it is always usefull to create an Acronis bootable rescue CD from your Acronis Install.
Clone is also possible then by using the Acronis Bootable rescue CD.

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#5
November 1, 2010 at 09:56:40
Best to perform the clone on new PC, but you may have a problem as the new PC may be only SATA connector, whislt the old may be IDE only.

Acronis allow one to create a Bootable CD which is what you need.


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