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Move recovery partition to new drive to reinstall XP?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ej, Sep 26, 2008.

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  1. ej

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    Hi, I was just wondering if this would work. I am installing a bigger hard drive in a notebook that is 3 yrs old. It has a recovery partition. Is it possible to put in the blank new drive, Boot with UBCD4Win and create a new partition same size as the recovery partition on the old drive, then copy the recovery image to it from the old drive connected via usb drive adapter. Then remove old drive and boot up with xp cd and reinstall xp
    fom it? I hate reinstalling from cd then trying to hunt down all the drivers, we don't have the drivers cd anymore. Or is there a easier way? :confused:
     
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    Probably not, there may be a an entry for it in the MBR that would also need to be copied.

    In any case, why don't you just image the drive from the old one to the new one? Many hard drives have utilities that you can download from the manufacturer's website to clone a drive, not sure how many of them work with a USB connected drive but worth a shot. Or try a free utility like this: http://www.download.com/Macrium-Reflect-Free-Edition/3000-2242_4-10845728.html
     
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    Also most laptops have an option to make a set of Recovery CD's or DVD's too.
     
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