I dont know if this subjuct has been covered before and I cannot see any other treads relateing to it but my problem is my HD has become niosey possibley getting ready ot go kuput maybe, If I buy a new HD is it possible and how step by step instuctions wouldn`t go amiss to copy all my factory settings and windows xp over so it will boot as normal to xp as I dont want to go out and buy xp again and have to go throught all the format and new install prosses and I wont loose all my data aswell thanks
You will have to buy a recent version of Ghost or its rivals.
Such a program will make an exact image of your C:drive and save it on another HD.
There's a snag, you need another data store...... preferably on a HD partition though it can be done with CDs....... It must not be the new HD or the partition you intend to target when this image is "restored" to it.
Restoration will wipe the target drive clear of any previous data.
What pj123 says is right, but there can be complications. I have a Dell and I was never able to "Clone" my old drive because of the way the old OEM XP was loaded.In my opinion depending on your computer, you would be better doing a clean install from your XP disc onto your new HDD and reinstalling your applications,then install your old HDD as slave and copy all your data accross.