Replacing HDD on windows XP machine.
Posted on 2004-09-24
I'm trying to replace my current main HDD (partitioned - system (C:) = NTFS, logical D: = FAT32) with a new HDD (it's bigger, but so far not an issue). The issue I'm coming up with is that due to what I believe to be a windows activation problem.
When I clone using Ghost 9.0 and set the cloned drive as master, it stops at the blue welcome screen, but shows a WindowsXP flag as opposed to welcome, and starting. I have been told that the workaround would be to use sysprep.exe, but all of the instructions I have found are either 1) for a system administrator cloning for multiple machines or 2) so complicated, it's hard to follow.
I have seen warnings about sysprep and having to call windows as well as warnings about losing encrypted files (how do I know if I have any?).
FYI....I added a second HDD a while ago for music storage, which will stay there. (have to remove it for cloning).
What I'm looking for is a set of STEP-BY-STEP directions about how to swap out my old HDD with a new HDD on a Windows XP machine...probably using sysprep. This is a non networked, stand alone PC for a home user.