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Sheldon Livingston
Sheldon Livingston used Ask the Experts™
I'd like to take the hard drive out of an old Dell and put it into a clone machine (faster).
I only have the restore image on the drive and fear needing to do an inplace repair.
Can this be done?
XP Pro.
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Theory is good. Drivers are going to be the problem. You may get away with a safe mode start and load new drivers, although a repair install may indeed be necessary. All you can do it to try it and see.

I wound suggest cloning your drive just in case. You can find free clone utils here compliments of

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noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009

Do you want to boot from this HDD in new machine or use it as slave? Sorry I do not get the idea of this plan.
If you want migrate the HDD with OS to dissimilar hardware then you need to adjust the OS to new hardware. I know a good tool that will do that for you.
Drive Backup 10 Pro:
Its boot CD has P2P Adjust OS feature that disables all old drivers, leaves only generic drivers plus gives you chance to install new drivers without booting into Windows.
You are most welcome. Thanks for the points and best of luck with the project.

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