Replace hard drive from disk image
Posted on 2014-03-04
I have a Hard Drive on my Dell Optiplex 745 that I am looking to replace. The HD is not the original drive that came with the PC, it is a Western Digital SATA Drive (500 GB) that has Windows XP Pro installed.
It is partitioned as the primary drive and there are no other internal hard drives installed in the PC. I created an image of the HD using Macrium Reflect that is stored on an external USB drive along with a boot image that is stored on a second USB flash drive.
I never replaced a drive from an image so I have a few questions regarding the process. In order to replace the HD, will I need the get the exact same hard drive model? What is the best method to configure the new HD so I can run the recovery process and it will be recognized as the new primary drive? Thanks for any help.