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    Question Preparing for reinstalling OS (again!)

    Some of you will be aware that I'm getting ready to replace my HDD with the OS shortly. I'm not that experienced at this (having watched my son x1 and done it myself with your help x1).

    A thought through the night (as one does!) - I use a wireless mouse. Is this likely to cause my problems doing this? I can't find the old, ordinary mouse at this stage - but it must be there somewhere.

    I'm expecting the bag that Ascent is sending for the HDD to arrive today, then the old drive will be out and I await the new one... So I'll be off the air for a few days. Bother!

    As always - TIA.
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    Default Re: Preparing for reinstalling OS (again!)

    Wireless, hmmm, could do. Best to have a wired one handy in case. Although you can do everything with keyboard you know - it's just a pain to do so.
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    Default Re: Preparing for reinstalling OS (again!)

    WHat kind of mouse?

    Pretty much all wireless mice have drivers in Xp/Vista and 7, so you shouldn't need to worry too much.

    If all fails you could use mouse keys

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    Default Re: Preparing for reinstalling OS (again!)

    Some in the electronic service industry has just suggested to me that if I had a mirror image of my drive (I have several Acronis images of the OS drive) that I could just copy it on to the new drive.

    I have on an external drive a few Acronis images of the OS drive. What are your thoughts about this? Is it:

    1. Possible?
    2. Advisable?

    If this was to work - I presume one would partition the drive (I want it that way) and instead of loadings Windows XP Pro I would run the Acronis disk...

    I await your comments with interest.
    Now-if I could just remember where I left my brain...

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    Default Re: Preparing for reinstalling OS (again!)

    Yes, that is what images are for, among other things

    The Acronis software will lead you through the procedure, incuding the partitioning, I think

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    Default Re: Preparing for reinstalling OS (again!)

    Its possible, yes

    Acronis actually provides a cloning feature-just use that

    Or, since this is a seagate drive just use Seatools, which is Acronis really..


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    Default Re: Preparing for reinstalling OS (again!)

    Ah - I'd better rush to the Acronis manual for enlightenment!
    Now-if I could just remember where I left my brain...

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    Default Re: Preparing for reinstalling OS (again!)

    An addition to the above post.

    Umm - I have to take the old drive out and send it back to Ascent before I get sent the new drive...

    Previously, when restoring data/info from the Acronis Backup, I put the Acronis disk into the DVD drive, reboot and when Acronis fires up, I then point it to the file on the external drive (which contains an image of the OS drive in total) and after about 30minutes, all is go, with everything back in it's right place again. But, of course, I've forgotten about the partitioning...
    Now-if I could just remember where I left my brain...

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    It should retain its original partition structure.


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    Default Re: Preparing for reinstalling OS (again!)

    That would beat standing on my head behind the 'puter waggling cables getting the 'other half' to identify what's wiggling on top for three days! Makes him distinctly grizzley.
    Now-if I could just remember where I left my brain...

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