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Changing my  Windows XP Installation to another hard drive in the same computer

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I have Windows XP Home Edition installed on a small disk drive on my desktop. I want to transfer this operating system to a larger disc on the same computer. Microsoft tell me that if I remove the present installation and re-install the program on the larger disk drive I do not need a new license.

However my problem is that I do not have the original installation disk. I have been able to extract details of that disk from the existing installation as follows:
It is Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 2.
Product Part No: I have that
Product ID: I also have that.
Product CD Kay: I also have that.
 
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Use xxclone to transfer your current system to the larger hard disk.  I use it for backups but it will transfer the info to boot on the new system also.  http://www.xxclone.com/
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by:MaSTeRiTo
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You can do it with ghost or Backup Exec System Rcovery

Both can be obtained with a free trial key
fully functional.
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by:Zouleous
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That xxclone looks like it's really for volume copies not necessarily disk copies.  There is a difference...
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by:Darius Ghassem
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You can use Acronis it is around $40 bucks then you can use it as a backup software then.
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by:moonie42
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You can use Drive Image XML, which is free for personal use from Runtime Software.  You can run DIXML from within your existing Windows Install to clone the disk to another disk (or to a set of backup files), and  is also available as a plugin for many bootable CDs like BartPE, etc.  I use this software to image my home machine on a regular basis...works great!

Here's the link:  http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBIQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.runtime.org%2Fdriveimage-xml.htm&ei=jX1kTIH5HsP7lwex173rCg&usg=AFQjCNEyZvP0gpP8vFwJ3CUL1EiUMq5Gxg
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by:moonie42
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BTW, here's some step by step instructions (see attached) for backing up to an image.  As you can see, it's a pretty easy to use app.  Take similar steps to do a disk to disk clone.
DriveImageXML.pdf
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by:Dave Baldwin
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@Zouleous, I have been using xxclone for several years for creating image bootable backups of my Windows XP and 2000 computers.
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by:Kjartane
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Make the partitions in windows disk manager. Run Ubuntu live cd. Copy folders from one disk to the new one. Setup disk boot partition in windows drive manager afterwards.
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by:Michael Murphy
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Using  DriveImage I have made a backup of the smaller drive to the larger (My C drive is now backed up to my D. drive).  What do I do next?  
I enclose as a screenshot the result, which is a series of files.
SCREENSHOT.bmp
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by:Michael Murphy
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I tried to restore the Image file to the larger disk using the Restore function on DriveImage. However something happened and it did not work out.

I then noticed that the larger drive had disappeared from the My Computer Screen and did not show up either in the DriveImage Screen.

However it does show up on the Disk Management Screen (My Computer - Manage - Disk management)
although no Letter  is attached.

How do I recover this disk so that it will appear in the My Computer Window (as Drive Letter  D)?
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by:Michael Murphy
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Ignore my previous post. I have got the Drive Back again.  But I am still stuck. I have made the backup. What do I do next? The drive to which I want to transfer the image file is now formatted and partitioned.
Do I use Restore in DriveImage?
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by:Michael Murphy
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Please help me here. I have succeeded in backing up and restoring the image to larger disk (the D disk) . It is now a clone of the smaller disk (the C disk). Both have the operating system installed. However when I disconnect the C disk and try to boot from the D disk, I get the message: operating system not found.
How do I enable the identical D disk so that Windows XP will boot from it?
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Dave Baldwin earned 125 total points
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I recommend xxclone again.  It makes bootable backups of XP that you can simply switch drives and let it update the new drive and you're good to go.  I've been using it for years.  I used it last weekend to make bootable backups of 3 XP and 1 Win 2000 systems.
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by:Michael Murphy
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Thanks, will try this tomorrow.
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by:Michael Murphy
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Have cloned the smaller disk C to the larger disk D, as you suggested. Before doing so I selected Cool Tools option and ticked the three boxes in the'Make Bootable' option.

I then disconnected the C drive, but it did not boot from the D drive as I want.
 I reconnected the C drive and opened Windows. I checked the Disk Management Screen which I am enclosing as a screenshot. It will give you details of both drives.

I also ran SETUP (pressed F2) and found that the D. drive is NOT listed. This is probably the reason it wont boot. How can I get it to appear in the SETUP window?
Screenshot.bmp
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by:Dave Baldwin
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After cloning, you need to put the 'D' drive in as the 'C' drive so it will boot.  At least that's what I have always done.  Your normal 'boot.ini' usually says to boot from the 1st disk on the 1st controller.  If you're still connected as the 2nd or slave drive, I don't think it will boot.
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by:Michael Murphy
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No I have disconnected the C: drive. There is only one drive installed - the one which has been cloned.
Note that it does not show up in the SETUP program
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by:Dave Baldwin
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But did you connect it as the first drive?  To the connector that the previous 'C' drive was connected?  I don't know what SETUP program you're talking about.
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by:Michael Murphy
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I'll try that now - connecting it to the first drive.

The setup program is when you start the laptop and immediately press F2 to get into the Setup Program - before it boots into Windows
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by:Michael Murphy
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Bingo. It worked when I changed the connection to the first drive. Thanks for staying with me on this one. Very grateful. (by the way it was the Setup Utility program I meant - however once I changed the connection it showed up here also perfectly - was recognized).
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by:Michael Murphy
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And I want to compliment the expert for staying with me on this until it was sorted
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Thanks and you're welcome.
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