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Old 10-07-2006, 02:25 PM   #1
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Default Hard Drive Swap

I want to swap out my HD for a new one. But I do not have the WIN XP CDs or the Retoral CDs for this computer. I purchased it used from a pawn show. What is the fastest/easiest way to put in a new HD and put all my data from the orginal HD onto it??

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Old 10-07-2006, 02:42 PM   #2
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i would suggest using a hard drive imaging software like acronis true image 9, or norton ghost 10. make a image (which will be a compressed image) of your hard drive on external media like cd's, dvd's, or an external hard drive (external hard drive is the easiest), swap out your internal hard drive to a new one, format it to ntfs, and put the image which you had saved on the external media onto the new hard drive that is in the computer.
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Or just use the one you got at the pawn shop for data storage.
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Old 10-07-2006, 03:46 PM   #4
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Or just use the one you got at the pawn shop for data storage.
I the Hard drive is going bad.
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Old 10-07-2006, 04:18 PM   #5
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The new drive should come with a Floppy or CD with software that will transfer the contents of the old drive to the new drive.
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The new drive should come with a Floppy or CD with software that will transfer the contents of the old drive to the new drive.
Never seen one of these disks, but it has been a while since i've bought retail stuff.
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Yea, they usually only come with the retail versions. But you can download the software from the drive manufacturer's website.
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Erm i've never seen that, but the only software I got from HD manf is seagate bootable disc, and disc wizard to reformat and etc. Plus I don't go retail
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Seagate's DiscWizard will partition, format, and copy all your files from an old drive to the new one.
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