Platform: Windows XP
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New hard drives are a relatively cheap option for upgrading your current system. A 250GB drive is now a nominal cost, so there’s no reason why you can’t install this new drive and use it as your primary hard drive. However, this is where the problems start: how do you migrate your data from one drive to the other? Isn’t it simply easier to re-install Windows from scratch and then individually re-install your applications?
That’s one option. The other option is to use a specialist tool that’s designed to enable you to migrate your system data from your old to new drive. By making a clone of your old drive, you can still boot in to Windows with all your fonts installed and other libraries, that were part of your old system. As you’ve only changed your hard drive, Windows shouldn’t need re-activating, either.
The only problem is that you can’t simply use any backup or cloning tool to migrate your data from your old to your new drive. For instance, your Windows system partition/drive needs to be bootable.
XXClone is a tool that is designed to backup or clone your existing system drive/partition and will create a bootable drive, so your cloned drive will perform in the same manner as the mirrored device.
Note that this is the free version of XXClone, with a limited feature-set.