XP recovery blues

Discussion in 'Windows XP Help and Support' started by Vaclav, May 12, 2013.

  1. Vaclav


    May 12, 2013
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    My XP just had a major meltdown - posibly due to bad IDE cable, not sure.
    After hours of reinstalling XP with SP3 plus 100 "security " updates I want to prevent this from happening again.
    Basically I want to DUPLICATE my OS HDD from working disk to another disk.
    The idea is to plug the duplicate HDD into dead PC and run it. .
    So far I have encountered gamut of MS terminology - copy, xcopy, backup, clone , image .
    And then there is "files and settings" wizard which does not make sense at all..
    With possible exception of "image" none of the others will do EXACTLY what I want, including cloning software I have tryied. They all do "backups" which is uselles on dead OS!

    I need bootable DUPLICATE of current XP OS on HDD.

    No USB, DVD , CD etc. , plain internal HDD.

    Any reasonable suggestions?
    Vaclav, May 12, 2013
  2. Vaclav


    Dec 10, 2012
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    Acronis True Image, not free, is what you want. It will image your system as is and you can reinstall if you have a problem, no more long updates. It can also do incremental backups.
    Elizabeth23, May 13, 2013
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