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Initiate Windows Complete PC Restore

Do It Yourself: Upgrade A Notebook's Hard Drive
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Initiate Windows Complete PC Restore

The Windows Complete System Restore function recreates an entire installation from a backup. This is exactly what we want to do now.

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    scsheleby , April 4, 2010 3:47 AM
    That's a great story but I have XP and want to keep it. How do you do this while running XP?
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    Anonymous , April 4, 2010 4:14 AM
    You'll need a third party application to do that on XP. Try starting with Macrium Reflect, its free and you can do a complete system image backup and restoration.
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    scsheleby , April 4, 2010 4:25 AM
    Thanks Joe!
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    scsheleby , April 4, 2010 4:26 AM
    Thanks Joe!
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    cadder , April 4, 2010 4:56 AM
    I think the "image copy" method would be easier for most people that want to keep their existing installation. Maybe a followup article with step by step instructions for doing this would be helpful.
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    cart0181 , April 4, 2010 7:21 AM
    Using this method, I believe you would lose any OEM installed service partitions. These may include such things as the onboard diagnostics, any instant-on Multimedia partitions, such as Dell's MediaDirect, and any Factory Image/ OS Restore partitions. This would cause significant problems for any user hoping to use these in the future. I believe this should definitely be mentioned in the article, unless I am completely mistaken about this. At the very least, you would certainly lose any "HPA" partitions.
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    bertever , April 4, 2010 4:51 PM
    cart0181 is correct. I did this to my JVC Mininote and have never fully recovered all the drivers (I have no onboard sound or modem) and have struggled to get the WiFi and other drivers corrected. Beware.

    bertever
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    douglas 727 , April 4, 2010 11:23 PM
    25 image pages to replace and reconfigure a notebook hard drive?
    For the astute 'time IS money' so for $40 I'll read it.
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    Anonymous , April 7, 2010 3:01 PM
    I would like to upgrade my 4 year old compact's hard drive but do a complete re-installation of xp pro. I have the xp disk, how do i verify that the other disks that were included have all the drivers i need before hand? Thanks Mickey
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    aldaminer , April 8, 2010 4:53 AM
    I've thought this before when reading a do-it-yourself article, but I finally had to voice it. You desperately need a "printer friendly" page that combines all the separate images, 25 in this case, into one file that's easily printed. If that's available now, I surely don't know where to find it.
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    aldaminer , April 8, 2010 4:54 AM
    I've thought this before when reading a do-it-yourself article, but I finally had to voice it. You desperately need a "printer friendly" page that combines all the separate images, 25 in this case, into one file that's easily printed. If that's available now, I surely don't know where to find it.
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    Anonymous , April 8, 2010 3:30 PM
    I have a netbook and the harddisk is divided into 3. One partition contains the XP, the other Win7 and 3rd partition for data. It has dual booting, where I choose XP or Win7 the start. How can I move this to a new harddrive?

    Thanks