Creating a bootable HDD Cloning program on your HDD
Posted 19 July 2008 - 07:41 PM
I'm trying to clone my old Windows XP install (on a ~160 GB IDE HDD) onto my 2 new 750GB Sata drives (which are in Raid 0). Upon searching for ways to do it, I found a few free options/programs, but they all require creating a bootable CD somewhere along the process. I was wondering if there was either any other way/program I can use to clone the old IDE drive or if there was any other way to boot the cloning program's ISO besides burning a bootable CD. I have a few spare IDE HDD's, 4 GB of RAM, space on my original HDD (the one I want to clone) that I can partition, and/or a 512 MB SD Card and a USB SD card reader at my disposal. I also have an IDE to USB cord, if there is a way to emulate a HDD on the USB as a bootable USB drive (if that makes it any easier). Thanks in advance for any and all help.
Posted 19 July 2008 - 11:06 PM
You can just copy all content (inclusive hidden files!) to the new harddisk. - This is not possible from the system you are currently running (well with volume shadow maybe) but with a boot cd or other windows installation.
Theoretically the only thing you have to care is to fix the mbr and maybe also the magic numbers. The new drive should boot if I haven't forgotten something.
Posted 20 July 2008 - 06:59 PM
I understand that you are tryng to help, but this way you are just confusing the OP instead of helping him.
There are several things that will make such a transition problematic, it is not something you can easily do by hand.(though it's possible)
Basically you are going to change the Windows XP system drive, thus you will need (short list):
1) to either change your MBR disk signature on the HD or in the Registry.
2) to find a way to copy files (if NTFS) migrating also permissions an quotas
3) Depending on the type of licence you might need to re-activate
4) you need to add to the already installed XP the drivers for the SATA controller and disks.
5) Most probably you will need anyway to do an XP repair install after booting from the new hard disk:
so you will need a CD-ROM anyway.
Which free/options programs did you find?
The "old" way was to simply install on ANOTHER hard disk (or partition) a temporary 2K/XP install and use it to copy files, do the editing, etc., but if there is a program that can do the above for you, I would try it.
Please, post links to the programs you found, there might be a way to use them form hard disk instead of from CD-ROM.
Posted 21 July 2008 - 12:47 AM
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