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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.
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No, you can replace the drive with any other model, as lonf as it has enough space.

But why waste your time with restoring an image of XP? I'm sure you are aware of the fact that support for XP will end in April. You should either upgrade to windows 7, or install a Linux distribution on that PC.
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@rindi thanks for the reply,  the issue with the OS I will address at a later time.
So I can install any other drive as long as it has enough space.  On I physically install the hard drive, then what?   What else needs to be done to the hard drive before I run image recovery process ?
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Usually nothing. Especially if it's new, and less than 2TB.
It should already be Formatted and marked Active.
Just boot up, run the restore, and go get some coffee while it does it's thing.

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before you reboot the new XP disk, make sure it is in the boot order in the bios, and unplug ALL the usb devices for the first run. Just in case XP decides it needs drivers for something
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If you are reusing a drive you already had, make sure there is one partition big enough (the whole drive as one partition is usually better), and it is marked Active.
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@coral thanks for all the helpful info and also the comment on using an existing drive. I plan on buying a new one.
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Thank you much.   : )
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