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Beginners Guides: Cloning WindowsXP

Beginners Guides: Cloning WindowsXP - PCSTATS
Abstract: A common problem is how to clone your installed WindowsXP and move it to a new hard drive on the same computer. Upgrading your OS hard drive can be a real pain, but we'll walk you through an easy process to simplify your life, so you can get back to work.
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External Mfg. Website: PCstats Dec 23 2008   Mike Dowler  
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Part2: Using Ranish Partition manager

This set of instructions assumes that you already have a second hard drive correctly installed in your computer. For instructions on how to do this, see the section earlier in this guide about installing a hard drive in the same computer, or a new computer, as appropriate.

After downloading Ranish Partition Manager, extract the 'part242' compressed file to a directory. From the command prompt ('start\run and type 'cmd') navigate to the directory and type 'part242'.

You will be prompted for a 1.44MB floppy which will have the necessary files created on it. Reboot your system with the floppy in the drive to launch Ranish partition manager.

By default, the master hard drive on your first IDE controller is selected. You can press 'F5' to switch between the hard disks installed on your system. Once the screen shows the hard disk you wish to copy from, press 'd' to copy that disk.

You will be prompted for the target disk. Make sure your choices are correct and then start the operation.

Once you have finished, exit the program with the 'ESC' key and power off.

By now you should have been able to fully copy your existing install of Windows XP over to a new drive or computer, utilizing the extra space without an excruciating re-install. Remember to check back at Part 1A or Part 1B of this Beginners Guide for a reminder of what to do once the program has finished the cloning process.

We hope that you found this guide useful and informative. As a good follow up to this article, why not make sure that your Windows XP installation (as well as your PC) is in tip-top shape by checking out our Annual PC Maintenance Guide.

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Contents of Article: PCstats
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Cloning WindowsXP
 Pg 2.  Disk Cloning Software
 Pg 3.  Part 1A: Installing a new drive for cloning
 Pg 4.  Part 1A: Before and after the Cloning
 Pg 5.  Part 1B: Cloning for a new computer
 Pg 6.  Part 1B: Installing Drivers After Cloning
 Pg 7.  Part2: Using Norton Ghost
 Pg 8.  Part2: Using HDClone
 Pg 9.  — Part2: Using Ranish Partition manager

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