There is information on the Maxtor website on how to copy your entire hard drive contents (including the O/S) to a new hard drive using Maxblast3 software. One of the drives would have to be a Maxtor though. click here
What i want to do is this: my computer came with xp embedded in the d: and i do not have a xp disc if i ever needed to replace the hard drive i only have restore disks and it is the d: bit i want to copy there was a thread a while back on how to do this as copying the drive does not work i think it has to be done a certain way.
I understand what you require. You don't want to make a copy of your system as it is at the moment because this would copy all the settings of the pre installed system, therefore it would not install on another PC.
I remember the thread, [I even made a post to it] but can't find it at the moment. For others reading this thread. "computernerdiamnot" wants to make an XP CD from the hidden partition of his current hard drive. It can be done and the method has been explained a few times in the forum. I'll keep looking for it but have over 140 pages of "My Postings" to look through and the search system dose't want to play. :o(