Over a period of time, my HDD is failing - with ever increasing bad clusters and bad sectors. So I'm treating myself to a new, bigger and faster one (and about time too!).
The existing drive is split into two partitions - C: (System) and D: (Data). And, with a bit of a struggle with the dying bits, I've a full Acronis True Image back up, on a second HDD, of both partitions that looks healthy.
When the new HDD arrives, it will, obviously, be unformatted etc. Is there an easy and logical way to get the drive formatted to NTFS and appropriately partitioned when I won't have a system on the machine until after I've done a True Image restore? I don't want to have to load my Win XP from scratch or anything just to set up the new drive'
Unless... Someone knows of a program that I can stuff on a floppy (I still use them sometimes) and boot and do the necessary off that - my drives are a right so-and-so to get at and keep swapping. :o((
Depending upon which program you use to make an image with ,you may be able to just put the image on your new drive without having to do any formattin etc. But as I have pointed out on a number of questions, if your new drive is a different make and or larger size, Windows may see it as a new computer and ask you to re-activate it
" I've a full Acronis True Image back up, on a second HDD, of both partitions that looks healthy. "
Then just put the new drive in as a slave and clone the disik over to the new drive, acronis will format the drive pro-rata. Then take the drive out of the caddy, change the jumper settings on the new drive to master and boot into windows.