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Cloning old hard drive, plan of attack?

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I have a new motherboard and am assuming my old HD will not load XP without a repair installation, since I'm going to the trouble of doing this i figure i may as well upgrade my HD as well and clone my old HD onto my new drive and run my new system through that.

I have seagate disk wizard downloaded to do the job and reading about it sounds relatively simple, however ...

My old drive is IDE my new drive SATA, my old motherboard does not support SATA therefore I can't install the new drive into my old system to create a cloned image, would the way to go about this be to:

1 install my old IDE drive into my new motherboard,
2 do a repair install to get windows up and working again,
3 then install my new SATA hd into the new system as slave,
4 create a cloned image using disk wizard
5 allocate my new SATA hd as boot drive
6 repair install new drive to functionality

or should I:

1 install my new hd into my new motherboard
2 load on windows from XP disk
3 install old IDE hd as slave
4 create cloned image of old IDE drive onto the running new SATA drive
5 repair install windows to funtionality


should be looking at creating a cloned copy onto a DVD? is this possible?

Any help appreciated, if what i'm doing sounds stupid tell me!

Edited by minscandboo, 16 October 2007 - 03:53 PM.

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Obtain copy of Norton Ghost.
Hang old hard drive off new motherboard so it can be seen (since most modern boards only have one IDE channel now you may need to slave it with your CD unit) and plug new HDD in cable and power.
Boot up computer, boot off Ghost CD, find the main Ghost program in one of the folders (varies from revision to revision), run it, clone it straight over, let it run.
Take old drive off, do Windows Repair on new installation.
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thanks, will try booting from cd
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Look to this guide if you are planning to use Ghost.


For Ghost 2003


I prefer using Ghost 2003 over ghost 10. I have used both.

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