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Replaceing a hard drive noisy is there anyway of backing up all Drivers before installing new hard drive?

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by TheChas In reply to Drivers

There are a couple of utilities that are "supposed" to back up your drivers.

I believe there is a link to one such program at

I have not tried any of these utilities and cannot vouch for how well they work.

What I do, is create a system hardware profile and download the latest drivers directly from the device manufactures web sites.

One tool for doing this is Belarc Advisor

Another option is to use the utility disk that comes with (or can be downloaded) your new drive and copy the contents of your old drive onto the new drive.

Your system should boot right up with the new drive in place.

You do loose the benefits of a clean install of Windows. But, copying a hard drive is the quickest way to set up an existing system with a new hard drive.


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by Skidoggeruk In reply to Drivers

You tend to get a single user partition copier when you buy a new HDD. Would also recommend Ghost to copy old to new.

On some of our "corporate" PCs, manufacturer often had a "drivers" directory on HDD. If you are lucky enough to have this you could copy up to network,cd,etc.

Good Luck

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by youssifm In reply to Drivers

i think NORTON introduced software for that, called as i remember driver ghost or something like that

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