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Topic # 30124 29-Jan-2009 14:03
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I recently purchased a cheap desktop which I am using as a HTPC. It only came with a 40gb drive and I want to upgrade it to 500gb.

The desktop came with no OS disks although it has an COA sticker on the bottom. I suspect the OS is on a recovery sector on the 40gb drive.

If I install a larger drive can I use something like Norton Ghost to transfer everything including the OS?

What other options are there apart from downloading the OS from a torrent or such. (Windows XP Pro)

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  Reply # 192715 29-Jan-2009 14:14
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I think you can contact Microsoft directly and get a replacement disc for about $10 or something like that.



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  Reply # 192716 29-Jan-2009 14:16
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Yes I could but I don't want to have to wait a week plus for a disc to arrive.

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  Reply # 192719 29-Jan-2009 14:35
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Any reason why you can't keep the 40gb as the OS drive and just install the 500gb as an extra drive for storage?

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  Reply # 192738 29-Jan-2009 15:39
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tkr001: or use something like this

http://www.seagate.com/support/discwizard/dw_ug.en.pdf


This looks like what I need thanks.

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  Reply # 192825 29-Jan-2009 22:43
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marmel:
tkr001: or use something like this

http://www.seagate.com/support/discwizard/dw_ug.en.pdf


This looks like what I need thanks.


That is what I was going to suggest except any imaging software will work fine. There are many free linux versions that should do the trick for you.

Good Luck!

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  Reply # 192960 30-Jan-2009 16:59
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I think that only works with Maxtor and Seagate drives.

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  Reply # 192967 30-Jan-2009 17:48
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I think the Seagate tools work as long as you have at least one seagate drive installed in your machine.

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