Test Configuration - For this article I’m going to assume that:
1) Your existing 250GB (or smaller) drive only has 50GB of free space remaining. Therefore the new drive’s XP partition will be 400GB (409600 MB), increasing the free space to 200GB. The logical drive will be about 200GB in size, which should be more than large enough to hold an image backup (with “Medium” compression selected).
2) You have a 640GB or larger new replacement drive and you only want to move XP to the new drive and are not interested in creating a “Dual Boot” computer, therefore we will use Partition Configuration #3B.
2) You have a 640GB or larger new replacement drive and you only want to move XP to the new drive and are not interested in creating a “Dual Boot” computer.
Start by creating a “Primary” partition you will use for Windows XP. Therefore we will use Partition Configuration #3B, which is a single "Primary" partition followed by an "Extended" partition that has a single "Logical" drive.
With the remaining “Unallocated” space create an “Extended” partition with a single local drive which will be used to store the image backup.
If you plan to create 2 ‘Primary’ partitions for use with the Acronis 'Recovery' media and an external USB drive to store the image backup, then see the screen shot below.
For illustration purposes only, see the following “Dual Boot” partition configuration screen shots.
1) Assigning meaningful partition/volume labels to each partition on the new drive can be of immense help when restoring the Windows XP image to the correct partition. As you can see from the above screenshot each partition is clearly labeled.
2) If most of the space on your existing drive is unused then change the partition size on the new drive from 300GB (in my example) to the same size as your existing drive. This will leave more space available for the image backup partition (which can also serve as a shared data partition) and if dual booting a Windows 7 partition.
3) While the drive sizes in this article may seem perfectly adequate for a 3 to 5 year old computer it is not uncommon these days to see anywhere from 1 to 2TB hard drives. Therefore if you want to purchase an even larger new hard drive than a 640GB drive, the concept is still the same when moving Windows XP to the super sized drive.