Depending on the software you choose, follow the instructions below to
clone your old drive onto your new one. Be sure you pick the old drive as
the source and the new drive as the target! If you are not sure which drive is
which, STOP, do not guess. Turn the computer off and unplug the new drive and
then when you power up the computer go into the BIOS and make note
of the old hard drive's name. Turn the computer off, plug the new drive
back in, and power up the machine back into the BIOS. Make note of the new hard
drive's name and then continue on.
We're going to jump ahead
briefly and talk about what you need to do once the cloning operation is done.
These are important steps, and we want to make certain they are not overlooked;
we'll get into the cloning process in just a moment.
Once Finished Cloning,
Don't Forget To...
cloning operation is complete, power
off your system again and replace the old drive with the new one
entirely. It's best to
physically remove the original OS hard drive so you don't make any mistakes here. Be
sure to set the correct jumper setting on the drive for its new position. This
will generally mean you need to set the newly cloned hard drive to the
the system again, the newly
cloned hard drive should be detected automatically during the POST procedure.
If it is not, you will need to go into the BIOS to detect it as we've
Assuming the hard drive is detected, your Windows XP installation
should now boot as normal from the newly cloned hard disk. Once you are sure that
everything is functioning as it should, you can install your old
hard drive as a secondary drive in the system for data storage. Simply follow the
steps listed above for installing a second drive.
When you boot into Windows XP your old drive will
be present and you can partition and format it as you wish. *I recommend you
double check that the cloning operation was fully successful before you go about
formatting the old drive however.
Note that it is possible
(though unlikely) that Windows XP might require re-activation after this
procedure. Don't panic. Simply follow the on-screen steps to contact
Microsoft by phone and obtain a reactivation key. This is a fairly