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how to format replacement HD with no XP disk

By mike05401 ·
Hi, I'm trying to replace a failing HD in my dell laptop. I've backed up everything to an external UBS HD using Macrium Reflect.

The problem is, once I replace the HD, how do I format it if I have no Win XP CD? Windows was pre-installed on my computer, so I have no disk.

Is there some other small program I could create a bootable CD from that would let me format a new hard drive?

Many thanks!

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Even better, how did you intend to reinstall Windows

by Slayer_ In reply to how to format replacement ...

Without the install disc???

If this were sane times, i would tell you to use your failing HDD to make a bootable floppy disk that could do it, but as floppys have gone the way of the dodo. I suggest you get yourself an XP CD, since you can't do anything without it anyways.

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the backup software reinstalls windows.

by mike05401 In reply to Even better, how did you ...

I don't have to reinstall windows. All I have to do is install the backup file, which contains an exact replica of my existing HDD, windows and all.

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Why can't you do this to an unpartitioned drive?

by Slayer_ In reply to the backup software reins ...

I know you can do this with most ghosting software, I never heard of what you used but I would asume it should work the same, otherwise it sounds somewhat useless as a ghosting software.


Well, find yourself a copy of fdisk and or diskpart and stick em on a CD, and use that, make sure its a bootable CD.

I also heard of a super good boot CD you could use. If I remember the name I'll post it.

You can also use a Linux distro and use the LiveCD to create disc partitions, I believe Knoppix is the best for this???


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Here, I've heard good things about this one.
http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd

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Sry, heres website to download the CD

by Slayer_ In reply to Why can't you do this to ...

Its oddly hard to find, but here.

http://maxt.dk/archives/2008/12/31/hirens-bootcd-97/


The first link, rapidshare is seems to have the least amount of web BS.

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Something to consider

by Jacky Howe In reply to how to format replacement ...

If I were you I would consider taking an Image of the Notebook. You could copy each Partition to another Media or External Drive and Restore them to the new hard drive. I think that you would have a better chance of having an operational System doing it this way. I don't see how you can access the .bkf files without an installed Operating system.

Free Hard Disk Backup / Restore and Image / Cloning Utilities

The HDClone Free Edition
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http://www.miray.de/products/sat.hdclone.html#free

http://www.thefreecountry.com/utilities/backupandimage.shtml

http://www.gmgsystemsinc.com/fau/

http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=115587

Paid for Cloning Utilites

http://www.acronis.com/

http://www.symantec.com/norton/ghost

Tip: <i>Don't forget to do the pagefile mod to turn off on shutdown to save a bit of space in the Image. Local Security Settings, Local Policies, Security Options, Shutdown: Clear virtual memory pagefile.</i>

Now shut down the system, and take your image.

<i>Keep us informed as to your progress if you require further assistance.</i>

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