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I want to clone 2 harddrives to new drives. I want to clone my laptop HD to a new laptop HD. And I want to clone my desktop HD which has 3 partitions to a new desktop HD. The problem is I'm running Windows XP on both systems and the new drives both use Advanced Format Technology. The new drives are both Western Digital drives. I read they have some utility you can use to align the partitions but it's a little confusing to me. Are you supposed to align before you do a clone or after? And it also said it might have some software program you can run in the background to help with the aligning.

Can someone help me with this? Here are the steps I was invisioning.

For laptop -> I burn copy of the western digital align tool, and put new HD in laptop and load up CD. Run align tool. Put old drive back in laptop. Run western digital clone tool or another tool to create a clone image that I place on external usb drive. Place drive back in. Copy clone image to new HD. (Or I was thinking of putting laptop HD in the desktop pc and creating the clone image since I might have acronis true image on my desktop and not on my laptop).

For desktop -> Burn copy of align tool. Add new HD to desktop system. Load up align tool CD. Run align tool on new HD. Start the clone process using western digital software. Done.

Is this right or am I missing something? Should I use any different software besides western digital true image software? I did a google search and someone mentioned they used HD Clone 2010 and had no problems with the aligning partition thing. I just really want to do this tomorrow but need to know all the steps.
Edited by hotstreak88 - 10/21/14 at 8:33pm
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Sorry to be unhelpful but...is upgrading to windows 7 and reinstalling fresh out of the question?
    
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