I just found out my c drive has some issues ad I'm replacing it before it fails(just ordered new drive).
My question is:
I have two other drives on my machine one of which is empty.
Is there a way to back up my entire c drive OS and all to the empty drive then when I install new drive and OS just copy the back up to it so I don't have to start from scratch with all my setting,programs etc.
Or is there a better way without having to buy some $50.00 software program.
I am running windows home XP, I have installed the back up utility form xp disk
I really don't want to start completely from scratch like I had to do once before..
TY for any help in advance.
That,s what I'm doing. I am replacing a Maxtor with a 1TB seagate.
I have two other hard drives on my system (both WD's)one that's empty.
What I am trying to do is not have to re-install all my programs,games,software,etc.
I did look at seagate site and found something called disk wizard but when I was looking at instructions they were for a laptop and talked about using a external enclosure(which I don't have)
My drives are internal SATA drives on a desktop.
Thank you for all the help guys. This is my first time trying to do this without starting from scratch and the help is GREATLY appreciated!!
Try using the WD stuff. It will certainly work for the outbound leg (to the WD disk). It should also work the other way . . . but the worst case is you'd have to buy the full Acronis TruImage Home software. And a product like that is really something everyone should have for backup:
Thx for all the help guys. After thinking about it I have decided to go ahaead and buy acronis since my local best buy has it for $39.99 for the 2011 edition
Again thanks for the help.
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