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Thread: Clone vs Fresh install

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Charlotte, NC

    Default Clone vs Fresh install

    I am attempting to build my first pc. Question is I am upgrading my current pc which has XP and all of our programs. Should I just clone my current hard drive to a larger hard drive or should I reinstall everything? All of my important data files are already stored on an external hard drive. The only thing I would need from my current drive is the OS, programs, settings, drivers etc. But I dont think I have all of the CDs for all of the programs we have installed.


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    Sep 2002
    Central Alberta , Canada

    Default Re: Clone vs Fresh install

    From your other post I get the impression you are doing somewhat more than a simple upgrade. If you are attempting to reuse a cloned Operating system on a different computer (different motherboard etc) then you are asking for problems. There are ways of possibly winding up with a functioning operating system if you delete all drivers and install new ones after/if the thing will boot up. You will still probably wind up with major issues. The best option is to start over and move the data files to the new system after reinstalling your operating system, drivers, and programs.
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