Vaio VGN-A497XP (UK). Need to replace HDD (90Gb) with 250Gb.. Sony has recovery partition for XP (SP2) and other programs. I have made recovery Disks. I would ideally like to create the same recovery partition on the new HDD as I spend a lot of time away from home, abroad and this facility could be vital if I get a fail whilst travelling. What I would like to know is whether these recovery disks will install on the new HDD without any changes, will they install but create partitions of the same size as the original disk including the recovery partition, leaving 150Gb unpartitioned, or create without the recovery partition. I can always use Partition Magic to repartition the HDD providing the recovery partition is there to start with.
If none of the above apply any ideas on how to do it. I don't see why I need to buy another copy of WinXP when I already have it and I understand that some of the drivers are not available from Sony to download. Sony support have in the main been pretty useless when I asked these questions.