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Cloning a hard drive, by definition, copies everything on it. There is a better option for upgrading which includes a clean installation of the new operating system.
My hard drive is acting up, so I have new one that I want to install. I wanted to copy everything to my new hard drive. I'm also thinking of installing Windows 7. How can I clone everything from the old hard drive to the new without XP? When cloning, my understanding is it will clone everything. Thanks, in advance.
In this excerpt from Answercast #16, I discuss cloning a hard drive and repeat the importance of backups and a clean install of any operating system.
Cloning by definition means cloning everything. It means making an identical copy of your hard disk to another hard disk or another media of some sort.
So what you're trying to do is copy everything, but the operating system. I don't know of a way to do that.
The correct way to do what you're attempting to do - switch operating systems - is to:
Naturally, the step left out is that you should really start with a backup, especially if your hard drive is acting up.
You should be backing up regularly right now just because you don't know when that hard drive is going to die a permanent death.
Also, there no upgrade path from XP to Windows 7. The right way to switch an operating system version (and the right way for you to do what you want to do here) is to:
Presumably, you copy back your data from some other location or from your backup.
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