once you got acronis true image, use it to create a bootable rescue media (cd) then boot from taht cd and clone your drive to the new one.
then replace the drives and it should work, if you get any error, then just pop in your xp cd and do an xp repair on the new drive
Done this and it worked as advertised. Once you copy to the new drive make sure you unplug the old one before booting the new one. After the first boot you can put the old one back and format the partition that Windows is on and use the old one for storage if that's what you want to do.
Was over at a friend's house yesterday helping him install a hard drive and he got Acronis 10 and we cloned the drive, went perfectly. It's also supposed to find all the files of a particular type, e.g., music or video, but it was backing up all kinds of stuff, e.g., system files, not just the music files we wanted. Actually, XP Search worked really well finding music files.
i hooked up a new pc and i want to transfer all the data including my OS into my new pc. the new pc has a WD 320gb SATA HDD and my old one has a Hitachi 250gb HDD if i use cloning software like caronis will i b able to successfully transfer all the data including the OS???
Cloning the HDD of the old computer and transferring to the new computer will not work if the old HDD is IDE (unless you already have one working SATA HDD in the old system). Without the SATA host drivers you will get BSOD on startup. I used an ISO of a XP SP2 setup disc and edited it to preload the SATA host drivers at install.