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New Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by MedRxman, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. MedRxman

    MedRxman Flightless Bird

    I am planning on installing a larger HDD in my Dell Inspiron 5160 Laptop.

    I have an image of the current HDD that includes the 2 installed partitions
    from Dell (Diagnostics and the PC Restore Partition. The image was created
    with Drive Image 7.

    I have used the image to re-install the C Drive several times but was
    wondering if the other 2 partitions would be able to be installed on the new
    HDD from the image program so I would still have the ability to use the PC
    RESTORE function from DELL.

    One partition is FAT, one Partition is FAT 32 and the C drive is NTFS


    If I can't and only can restore the C drive, would the boot.ini have to be
    reconfigured?
    The current boot.ini is:
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP
    Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    TIA, BL
     
  2. db

    db Flightless Bird

    my suggestion is to leave
    the factory hard drive in place

    and instead use an external
    hard drive for the additional
    space your system needs.

    by relocating many of your
    user files to the external drive

    you will free up disk space
    on the internal hard drive.

    --
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    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    >
    >


    "MedRxman" <medrxman@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:#AeGpOOpKHA.1544@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > I am planning on installing a larger HDD in my Dell Inspiron 5160 Laptop.
    >
    > I have an image of the current HDD that includes the 2 installed
    > partitions from Dell (Diagnostics and the PC Restore Partition. The image
    > was created with Drive Image 7.
    >
    > I have used the image to re-install the C Drive several times but was
    > wondering if the other 2 partitions would be able to be installed on the
    > new HDD from the image program so I would still have the ability to use
    > the PC RESTORE function from DELL.
    >
    > One partition is FAT, one Partition is FAT 32 and the C drive is NTFS
    >
    >
    > If I can't and only can restore the C drive, would the boot.ini have to be
    > reconfigured?
    > The current boot.ini is:
    > ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > [boot loader]
    > timeout=30
    > default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
    > [operating systems]
    > multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP
    > Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    > ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >
    > TIA, BL
    >
    >
    >
     
  3. Unknown

    Unknown Flightless Bird

    That is sort of a stupid suggestion for a laptop.
    "db" <databaseben@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:eKHbG1OpKHA.5776@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > my suggestion is to leave
    > the factory hard drive in place
    >
    > and instead use an external
    > hard drive for the additional
    > space your system needs.
    >
    > by relocating many of your
    > user files to the external drive
    >
    > you will free up disk space
    > on the internal hard drive.
    >
    > --
    > db·´¯`·...¸><)))º>
    > DatabaseBen, Retired Professional
    > - Systems Analyst
    > - Database Developer
    > - Accountancy
    > - Veteran of the Armed Forces
    > - @Hotmail.com
    > - nntp Postologist
    > ~ "share the nirvana" - dbZen
    >
    > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    >>
    >>

    >
    > "MedRxman" <medrxman@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > news:#AeGpOOpKHA.1544@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >> I am planning on installing a larger HDD in my Dell Inspiron 5160 Laptop.
    >>
    >> I have an image of the current HDD that includes the 2 installed
    >> partitions from Dell (Diagnostics and the PC Restore Partition. The image
    >> was created with Drive Image 7.
    >>
    >> I have used the image to re-install the C Drive several times but was
    >> wondering if the other 2 partitions would be able to be installed on the
    >> new HDD from the image program so I would still have the ability to use
    >> the PC RESTORE function from DELL.
    >>
    >> One partition is FAT, one Partition is FAT 32 and the C drive is NTFS
    >>
    >>
    >> If I can't and only can restore the C drive, would the boot.ini have to
    >> be reconfigured?
    >> The current boot.ini is:
    >> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >> [boot loader]
    >> timeout=30
    >> default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
    >> [operating systems]
    >> multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP
    >> Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    >> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >>
    >> TIA, BL
    >>
    >>
    >>
     
  4. Doum

    Doum Flightless Bird

    "MedRxman" <medrxman@yahoo.com> écrivait
    news:#AeGpOOpKHA.1544@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl:

    > I am planning on installing a larger HDD in my Dell Inspiron 5160
    > Laptop.
    >
    > I have an image of the current HDD that includes the 2 installed
    > partitions from Dell (Diagnostics and the PC Restore Partition. The
    > image was created with Drive Image 7.
    >
    > I have used the image to re-install the C Drive several times but was
    > wondering if the other 2 partitions would be able to be installed on
    > the new HDD from the image program so I would still have the ability
    > to use the PC RESTORE function from DELL.
    >
    > One partition is FAT, one Partition is FAT 32 and the C drive is NTFS
    >
    >
    > If I can't and only can restore the C drive, would the boot.ini have
    > to be reconfigured?
    > The current boot.ini is:
    > -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    > ----- [boot loader]
    > timeout=30
    > default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
    > [operating systems]
    > multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP
    > Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    > -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    > -------
    >
    > TIA, BL
    >
    >
    >


    I did this on an Asus EeePC, I installed a 320 GB HD instead of the stock
    160 GB. I used the Acronis True Image Western Digital Edition to clone
    the drive.

    It seems that I still have the restoration feature from the hidden
    partition when I press F9 at boot (I didn't try it all the way because
    I've upgraded to Seven). When I press F9 at boot, the Win XP splash
    screen appears (instead of Seven) and it brings me to a screen where I
    can restore or Cancel.

    Be aware that Acronis True Image wants to proportionnally resize all
    partitions to the new HD when using the AUTO mode, but I didn't want
    that, I wanted the hidden partitions to stay the same size so I used the
    feature in Acronis True Image cloning to manually tell it the size of the
    partitions, it was a little confusing but I found how it worked.

    I cloned all partitions, replaced the hard disk and it booted like usual,
    instead my C and D disks were larger. No need to touch boot.ini.

    HTH
     
  5. DL

    DL Flightless Bird

    I use Acronis TI and with that certainly the complete existing drive
    (Partitions) can be imaged to a new HD, and whilst doing so you can expand
    eg C to a larger size

    "MedRxman" <medrxman@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:%23AeGpOOpKHA.1544@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >I am planning on installing a larger HDD in my Dell Inspiron 5160 Laptop.
    >
    > I have an image of the current HDD that includes the 2 installed
    > partitions from Dell (Diagnostics and the PC Restore Partition. The image
    > was created with Drive Image 7.
    >
    > I have used the image to re-install the C Drive several times but was
    > wondering if the other 2 partitions would be able to be installed on the
    > new HDD from the image program so I would still have the ability to use
    > the PC RESTORE function from DELL.
    >
    > One partition is FAT, one Partition is FAT 32 and the C drive is NTFS
    >
    >
    > If I can't and only can restore the C drive, would the boot.ini have to be
    > reconfigured?
    > The current boot.ini is:
    > ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > [boot loader]
    > timeout=30
    > default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
    > [operating systems]
    > multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP
    > Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    > ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >
    > TIA, BL
    >
    >
    >
     
  6. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "MedRxman" <medrxman@yahoo.com> said this in news item
    news:#AeGpOOpKHA.1544@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > I am planning on installing a larger HDD in my Dell Inspiron 5160 Laptop.
    >
    > I have an image of the current HDD that includes the 2 installed
    > partitions from Dell (Diagnostics and the PC Restore Partition. The image
    > was created with Drive Image 7.
    >
    > I have used the image to re-install the C Drive several times but was
    > wondering if the other 2 partitions would be able to be installed on the
    > new HDD from the image program so I would still have the ability to use
    > the PC RESTORE function from DELL.
    >
    > One partition is FAT, one Partition is FAT 32 and the C drive is NTFS
    >
    >
    > If I can't and only can restore the C drive, would the boot.ini have to be
    > reconfigured?
    > The current boot.ini is:
    > ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > [boot loader]
    > timeout=30
    > default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
    > [operating systems]
    > multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP
    > Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    > ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >
    > TIA, BL
    >


    Probably yes but you won't know for sure until you've tried. On the other
    hand - if you have an image that does exactly what you need then you no
    longer need the Dell factory image. Your current image would give you
    exactly what you want whereas the Dell factory restore would throw you back
    to Adam and Eve and would probably destroy all existing partitions.

    If you do not have a Dell factory restore partition at the start of the disk
    then you must change "partition(2)" to "partition(1)" in two places in
    boot.ini.
     
  7. MedRxman

    MedRxman Flightless Bird

    Thanks for the partioning number change advise.

    I would only use the PC RESTORE partition in the event I wanted to sell/give
    away the laptop.

    Thanks again, your suggestions have always been good.

    BL
    "Pegasus [MVP]" <news@microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:F0A7E6C4-60E2-4346-8E0D-827D11804664@microsoft.com...
    >
    >
    > "MedRxman" <medrxman@yahoo.com> said this in news item
    > news:#AeGpOOpKHA.1544@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >> I am planning on installing a larger HDD in my Dell Inspiron 5160 Laptop.
    >>
    >> I have an image of the current HDD that includes the 2 installed
    >> partitions from Dell (Diagnostics and the PC Restore Partition. The image
    >> was created with Drive Image 7.
    >>
    >> I have used the image to re-install the C Drive several times but was
    >> wondering if the other 2 partitions would be able to be installed on the
    >> new HDD from the image program so I would still have the ability to use
    >> the PC RESTORE function from DELL.
    >>
    >> One partition is FAT, one Partition is FAT 32 and the C drive is NTFS
    >>
    >>
    >> If I can't and only can restore the C drive, would the boot.ini have to
    >> be reconfigured?
    >> The current boot.ini is:
    >> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >> [boot loader]
    >> timeout=30
    >> default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
    >> [operating systems]
    >> multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP
    >> Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    >> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >>
    >> TIA, BL
    >>

    >
    > Probably yes but you won't know for sure until you've tried. On the other
    > hand - if you have an image that does exactly what you need then you no
    > longer need the Dell factory image. Your current image would give you
    > exactly what you want whereas the Dell factory restore would throw you
    > back to Adam and Eve and would probably destroy all existing partitions.
    >
    > If you do not have a Dell factory restore partition at the start of the
    > disk then you must change "partition(2)" to "partition(1)" in two places
    > in boot.ini.
    >
    >
     
  8. MedRxman

    MedRxman Flightless Bird

    Thanks to all who have responded.

    BL
    "MedRxman" <medrxman@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:%23AeGpOOpKHA.1544@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >I am planning on installing a larger HDD in my Dell Inspiron 5160 Laptop.
    >
    > I have an image of the current HDD that includes the 2 installed
    > partitions from Dell (Diagnostics and the PC Restore Partition. The image
    > was created with Drive Image 7.
    >
    > I have used the image to re-install the C Drive several times but was
    > wondering if the other 2 partitions would be able to be installed on the
    > new HDD from the image program so I would still have the ability to use
    > the PC RESTORE function from DELL.
    >
    > One partition is FAT, one Partition is FAT 32 and the C drive is NTFS
    >
    >
    > If I can't and only can restore the C drive, would the boot.ini have to be
    > reconfigured?
    > The current boot.ini is:
    > ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > [boot loader]
    > timeout=30
    > default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
    > [operating systems]
    > multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP
    > Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    > ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >
    > TIA, BL
    >
    >
    >
     

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