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HDD size limitation on XP laptop?


algernonymous

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Right, having tried all suggested remedies with no luck, I've returned to my XP laptop to sort it out, (from this thread) and as I believe it has a nasty virus- and I wanted to install a larger HDD anyway- I'm going to ditch the infected 40GB drive and insert a larger drive then install XP and programs etc. (I want to do a new install not a Clone/copy so I can be sure there will be no transfer of infection) My questions are this- 1, Is there a limit to the HDD size I can install (as there is with RAM) and 2, Presumably I should make a note of all devices in case of any driver problems?

Thanks. P.S. this is my 1st attempt at a link on the new site so hope it works.

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algernonymous

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Back to my thread-

I've ordered the HDD (250gb) and on looking in the box where I keep all my disc's the only ones I have for it are the driver disc, an MS Works disc and one I burnt myself (presumably the reinstall disc). The sticker on the machine tells me its XP Home (DSG Retail) - its an eMachines from Dixons/Currys so its OEM. How do I install XP on the new drive?

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algernonymous

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Back to my thread-

I've ordered the HDD (250gb) and on looking in the box where I keep all my disc's the only ones I have for it are the driver disc, an MS Works disc and one I burnt myself (presumably the reinstall disc). The sticker on the machine tells me its XP Home (DSG Retail) - its an eMachines from Dixons/Currys so its OEM. How do I install XP on the new drive?

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Either

Borrow a XP home disk and install using the number on your sticker.

or better make an image of your current disk using something like EASEUS Disk Copy http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-ways-to-clone-and-copy-your-hard-drive/

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algernonymous

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Well I did it. As 'Ian in Northampton' said - approached with a huge amount of trepidation, but was straightforward. Although the first cover I removed, which was about HDD size, turned out to be an empty chamber (apart from a tiny loose screw??) I then removed the much larger cover by undoing approx 8 screws. Undid 2 retaining screws of the HDD sleeve and slid it out. Swapped the drives over then put it all back together. Installed XP, added SP3, loaded AVG and I now have an uncluttered 250GB drive (cost £35) So what programs would be best to install? I seem to remember one of the 'old hands' on here posting a recommended list? I've also read that whilst Windows firewall is fine for Vista and 7, it is recommended to install some thing like Comodo for XP?

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