Clone Windows XP To A New Hard Disk Drive

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How to clone a hard disk drive?

Bought a new hard disk drive for your Windows XP running computer? Want to keep your old files in the hard drive intact? Now you can clone your Windows XP operating system without going through the herculean task of copying all files to and from various storage devices. There are various software available that let you do the same in a snap. Read on to understand how you can clone Windows XP using Runtime Shadow Copy software.


  • Turn off your computer and unplug the hard disk drive with proper care. Install the new hard drive and connect it with the motherboard and power supply.

Create New Partition

  • Turn on the computer. Click on the “Start” button and select “Control Panel”. Open “Administrative Tools” and go to “Computer Management”.
  • Click on the “Disk Management” option under the “Storage” menu.
  • Your new drive will be represented as “Disk #”; where # is a number shown with a black bar in the lower right pane.
  • Right click on the new disc name and select “New Partition” from the drop down menu. Click on the “Next” button and then select “Primary Partition”.
  • To use the whole hard drive space as one partition, leave the size of the partition unchanged when prompted. However, it is recommended to create two different partitions for operating systems and your personal files.
  • Click “Next” and assign any desired drive letter for the partition.
  • Click “Next” button. In the “File System”, drop down menu, select “NTFS”.
  • Click “Finish” button. Windows will format the new hard drive.

Install and run “Shadow copy”


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  • Go to the runtime website. Download the setup files for Shadow Copy.
  • Open the setup file once downloaded. Read the instructions carefully and install the software.
  • Open “Shadow copy” using the desktop icon.
  • Click on the folder icon near the “Copy From” section. Locate your current hard drive and select it. Click “OK”.
  • Click on the folder icon near the “Copy To” section. Locate the address of the new hard drive, select it and click “OK”.
  • Wait until Shadow Copy copies your current hard drive to the new one.


  • Once shadow Copies finishes copying, close the program and shut down your computer.
  • Unplug your hard drive from the computer.
  • Restart Windows to boot from the new hard drive.

Seek professional help if you are a novice user. Improper handling of hard drives may result in loss of data and system failure.

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