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Copy WIndows XP from one hard drive to another

How can I copy WIndows XP from one hard drive to another so that I can boot off the new hard drive?

I will then upgrade the copy of XP on the new hard drive to Windows 7, so all I need is for my PC to boot off the new hard drive with XP and for the Windows 7 installation to recognise XP on the new hard drive.

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  • gaston108 Jul 20, 2010

    because the copy of Windows 7 that I have is the "upgrade" version which requires an existing legal copy of Windows (XP in my case) to be present

  • gaston108 Jul 20, 2010

    desktop - I want to remove the small disk currently in the PC and replace it with a larger one and then perform an upgrade to Windows 7 on the larger disk. So I need XP on the new larger drive and then boot and upgrade to Windows 7. The upgrade over XP will completely re-format that drive.

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Hi,

Why are wanting to clone your hard drive to another on when all you need to do is install Windows 7 directly onto the new hard drive?
Are you wanting to save all your settings and data before you install Win 7 over the top of XP?

Posted on Jul 20, 2010

  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson Jul 20, 2010

    I see, its an upgrade option for an existing PC operating system.

    Is this a desktop computer or a laptop computer?


  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson Jul 20, 2010

    Hi,

    Thanks for the promt reply.

    What you are going to need for this is a boot CD. I recommend Hirens Boot CD for this job.

    Also take it from me this can be difficult to perform.

    First of all make sure you have your new hard drive installed in the desktop and that the BIOS knows the drive is there, it doesn't matter whether Windows recognises the drive.

    Next you will need to download and burn off an image of Hirens Boot CD. For this you need burning software installed on your XP operating system.

    Download Hirens Boot CD from the link below, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Direct HTTP Mirror, It will come in a zip file that needs to be extracted to a file. Inside the file it should be an ISO format as well as a text file and burning tool so make sure you read the text file first.




    http://www.hirensbootcd.net/download.htm...




    When you have burned a copy of the boot disk off pop it in the drive and you can then restart the computer. Set the CD/DVD drive as the first boot device. If you have done this correctly then you will see a message on-screen booting from CD, then choose boot from disc.

    You will see a list on-screen. Use the cursor keys to navigate to Backup Tools and choose Norton Ghost and hit enter.

    NOTE: Make sure you make a note of which hard drive its there so you don't accidently clone the wrong hard drive as i am not responsible is this happens!!!!!!
    If your hard drive is 40GB then it will be 40960MB. If the new drive is 250BG then it's 256000MB. As you can see the numbers are larger with a bigger drive.
    Take your time with this so no mistakes can be made!!!!

    Once you have set the cloning operation off DO NOT switch your computer off or mess about with it. Just leave it to run its course. It will let you know when the operation is complete, be patient!!

    When done shut down the PC, take out your old drive and replace it with the new one. XP should then boot up and allow you upgrade to Win 7 no problem.


    Good luck and if there is anything else please post a reply.







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Http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/clean_install_upgrade_media.asp

If you have a copy of Windows 7 Upgrade you don't have to perform an upgrade like you would in the past. You can do a clean install with the upgrade DVD.
I would export your settings and files first using.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/windows-easy-transfer

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Common Causes:
  1. Computer is booting from a non-bootable source.
  2. Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS.
  3. Corrupt NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM file.
  4. Misconfiguration with the boot.ini file.
  5. Corrupt boot sector / master boot record.
  6. Seriously corrupted version of Windows 2000 or Windows XP.
  7. Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable.
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  1. Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into the computer.
  2. When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key.
  3. Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.
  4. Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.
  5. You will then be prompted for your administrator password, enter that password.
  6. Copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In the below example we are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter, which in this case is "e." This letter may be different on your computer.
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Below are the full error messages that may be seen when the computer is booting.

NTLDR is Missing
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Causes:

  1. Computer is booting from a non-bootable source.
  2. Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS.
  3. Corrupt NTLDR and/or NTDETECT.COM file.
  4. Misconfiguration with the boot.ini file.
  5. Attempting to upgrade from a Windows 95, 98, or ME computer that is using FAT32.
  6. New hard disk drive being added.
  7. Corrupt boot sector / master boot record.
  8. Seriously corrupted version of Windows 2000 or Windows XP.
  9. Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable.
  10. Failing to enable USB keyboard support in the BIOS.

Windows XP users
  1. Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into the computer.
  2. When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key.
  3. Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.
  4. Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.
  5. You will then be prompted for your administrator password, enter that password.
  6. Copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In the below example we are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter, which in this case is "e." This letter may be different on your computer.

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Computer is booting from a non-bootable source.
Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS.
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Misconfiguration with the boot.ini file.
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New hard disk drive being added.
Corrupt boot sector / master boot record.
Seriously corrupted version of Windows 2000 or Windows XP.
Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable.
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With Windows XP follow these instructions
  1. Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into the computer.
  2. When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key.
  3. Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.
  4. Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.
  5. You will then be prompted for your administrator password, enter that password.
  6. Copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In the below example we are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter, which in this case is "e." This letter may be different on your computer.

    copy e:\i386\ntldr c:\
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Hi tracey,

Cause for the NTLDR missing:
  1. Computer is booting from a non-bootable source.
  2. Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS.
  3. Corrupt NTLDR and/or NTDETECT.COM file.
  4. Misconfiguration with the boot.ini file.
  5. Attempting to upgrade from a Windows 95, 98, or ME computer that is using FAT32.
  6. New hard disk drive being added.
  7. Corrupt boot sector / master boot record.
  8. Seriously corrupted version of Windows 2000 or Windows XP.
  9. Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable. are
Solutions:

Computer is booting from a non-bootable source


Windows XP users
  1. Insert the Windows XP bootable CD into the computer.
  2. When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key.
  3. Once in the Windows XP setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.
  4. Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.
  5. You will then be prompted for your administrator password, enter that password.
  6. Copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In the below example we are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter, which in this case is "e." This letter may be different on your computer.

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  7. Once both of these files have been successfully copied, remove the CD from the computer and reboot.
Misconfiguration with the boot.ini file

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Attempting to upgrade from a Windows 95, 98, or ME computer that is using FAT32
If you are getting this error message while you are attempting to upgrade to Windows 2000 or Windows XP from Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows ME running FAT32 please try the below recommendations.
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Corrupt boot sector / master boot record
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Seriously corrupted version of Windows 2000 or Windows XP

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  2. Computer hard disk drive is not properly setup in BIOS.
  3. Corrupt NTLDR and/or NTDETECT.COM file.
  4. Misconfiguration with the boot.ini file.
  5. Attempting to upgrade from a Windows computer that is using FAT32.
  6. New hard disk drive being added.
  7. Corrupt boot sector / master boot record.
  8. Seriously corrupted version of Windows.
  9. Loose or Faulty IDE/EIDE hard disk drive cable
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  2. When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key.
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  4. Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.
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  6. Copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In the below example we are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter, which in this case is "e." This letter may be different on your computer.

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  7. Once both of these files have been successfully copied, remove the CD from the computer and reboot

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