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Beginners Guides: Cloning WindowsXP
Beginners Guides: Cloning WindowsXP - PCSTATS
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   M. Dowler  
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Part 1B: Installing Drivers After Cloning

Windows should prompt you to install drivers for any devices it cannot currently use. If you have the driver disks from the manufacturer, use them now. Otherwise, take note of the devices that need drivers and install them separately.

Note that most hardware devices (like video cards and sound cards) tend to come with their own driver install programs, in which case you should run them separately from the desktop to complete the process.

To verify that you have installed all drivers correctly right click on the 'my computer' icon and select 'properties' then the 'hardware' tab.

Next, choose the 'device manager'.

On this screen, there should be no devices with yellow exclamation marks attached if you have installed all drivers successfully.

If there are exclamation marks, take note of the device(s) that need drivers and obtain them from the manufacturer of your system (or the maker of the specific device) via the Internet. You will also need to replace the patches and service packs that you applied previously to your Windows installation, as the repair install removes these. To do this, simply run windows update from 'start\all programs' once you have your Internet connection set up.

Once you are fully up and running again, you can reinstall your old hard drive onto the new system as a secondary drive if you wish. Simply follow the drive install procedures we've already outlined, then format the drive from Windows to use it for extra storage.

Partitioning unused space on your new hard drive

Both freeware utilities featured in this article share one characteristic. They do not partition or format the extra space made available when you clone your Windows installation to a larger drive. You can't use the extra space until it is partitioned and formatted by WindowsXP, so it's only fair that we tell you how to do that too. :-)

Once you have successfully cloned your drive right click 'My computer' and select 'manage' then 'disk management.'

Your new drive should be 'disk 0' in the bottom window. If you used HDClone or Ranish Partition Manager to clone the drive, you should have an area of 'unallocated' space to the right of your 'C:' drive area in the lower pane. Right click on this 'unallocated' space and select 'new partition.'

This will bring up the partition wizard. Click next a couple of times and you will be prompted for the amount of disk space you wish to allocate to your new partition. Choose all of it (the default) unless you wish to make several smaller partitions to organize your files. You will be asked for a drive letter to assign the drive, and then given the option to format it (which makes it available to Windows for use). Accept the defaults for both of these options, click 'finish' and wait for your new partition to be formatted.

The whole of your new disk is now available for use. Alternately, you may wish to use a third party utility like Partition Magic to append the extra space onto your 'c:' drive. While the procedure is beyond the scope of this guide, sufficient instructions can be found within the programs themselves.

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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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