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Old 10-09-03, 12:14 AM
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replace hard drive w/o reinstall?

Anyone ever replace their HD w/o having to reinstall Windows? I think I tried it a while ago w/ Win98, just by copying all the files, but I got bombarded with error messages, but then I didn't delete any device drivers or anything. I'm running XP currently.
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you could probably clone the hd.
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I have when I bought Maxtor drives. They used to come with a floppy disc that included a software program that copied all the files from the old hard drive to the new maxtor hard drive.

They probably still include the software in their retail hard drive kits.
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Norton Ghost and various other utilties that can make an image copy will allow you to do this. It's pretty painless. However, if it's been a while since your last clean install, why not take this opportunity to do one?
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Anyone ever replace their HD w/o having to reinstall Windows?
I've done it several times; I clone the drive, optionally for use with a different mainboard (which in that case, I run the Win2K or XP repair and then reinstall the service packs). The last time I used this technique was on my home theater PC, to move the hard drive over from a PIII-based solution to an AMD one. Everything worked fine, even the problematic Holo3Dgraph-I deinterlacing card (which had taken days of tweaking to originally install).

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I did this on XP with Norton Ghost not too long ago, and it worked very well. Easier than I expected, as a matter of fact.

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