Clone your Windows XP hard drive

by on June 29, 2009

Q: I want to clone a hard drive. I would like to copy the contents onto a portable external USB hard drive as It is not my computer. How can I do this?

A: There is a great user contributed article at microsoft.com called Windows XP Backup Made Easy that has a section called Decide What to Backup and it describes how to backup All information on this computer. This should help you get a clone made of your hard drive onto an external USB hard drive.

If you have access to all of the installation discs for Windows XP and your programs then I would recommend that you do a “fresh” reinstall instead of copying a cloned version of your current installation from one hard drive to another and back again. Cloning may decrease your computer’s speed and reliability versus a fresh reinstall.

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