H/d replacement

By ccldy58
Dec 22, 2007
  1. need to replace h/d as it is going bad. is there anyway to save whats on it including the windows xp?? and put it on the new h/d thanks
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    Yes. You say your hard drive IS going bad? So get a new drive. Install it as C or primary master with the OS on it, and connect the old drive as D or primary slave. If the old drive can be read by the new operating system you may be able to save the files to the new drive
  3. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    search here is great been mentioned a few times
    one more won't hurt
    get a cloning utility like seagate disk wizard (FREE)
    put new drive in as slave
    follow directions exactly
    swap drives
    bobs yer uncles
    this only works if original drive still functions
    there are exceptions to type of drives as well if replace drive is a diff controller ide versus sata you may not be able to boot load the sata controllers in xp first before clone that may work
  4. davidbugeja

    davidbugeja TS Rookie

    Hi There,

    Most probably it can be done via copy and paste as mentioned in the post above however Windows XP installation will not work along with registry settings and other applications.

    I use an external 400 GBs hardisk to backup everything daily just in case however this includes my documents and other partitions which do not contain applications which use installation. Most applications will not work using a simple copy and paste due to many shared files and settings.

    However there are some software which claim they can do it such as however i have never tested it. Its 15-Day Trial will be enough for you if it works. Give it a try.
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    clone the drive. There are many free cloning programs out there.
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