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#60585 28-Apr-2010 14:14
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Just had to complete a fresh install of XP Home to a new HDD. Is there any safeway to just transfer my existing programs, settings and files to this new drive without having to reinstall everything?Laughing

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  #324346 28-Apr-2010 17:59
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If you want to keep the fresh install, not really... you'll need to install programs but can probably export/import settings and data.

However, another option is to take a disk image of the old drive, format the new drive back to blank and restore the image onto the new drive.

This will keep the OS, programs, files exactly as it was on the old drive (except on the new drive with lots of free space).

There are quite a few tools for this Clonezilla, DriveImage, Macrium Reflect, Norton Ghost etc. Plenty of guides on the internet for how to do it.

* Disclaimer:
Always make sure you have external backup of you data before doing anything like this.  In fact it's a good idea to have a external backup of your data always!

1TB USB External drives are great for this.

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