How to successfully restore Windows XP to the new hard drive:
Note: The basic procedure is the same if you stored the image backup on a USB drive or a partition on the new drive.
Unlike EASEUS Todo Backup, there in no need to remove the original hard drive or boot from a Recovery/Emergency CD. Both the old and new drive can remain connected as you will be using the Acronis True Image software installed on your old drive to restore the image backup to the new drive.
Quick review: Windows XP still resides on the old drive, the first partition you created on your new drive for XP is formatted but still empty (Contain no operating system) and your image backup file resides on the second partition (or third) of the new drive. You will now restore that image backup to the XP partition (the first partition) on the new drive.
Acronis True Image Home 2011 – Restoring the Image Backup Step by Step Guide:
1) From within Windows XP launch/run Acronis True Image. The quickest method to start Acronis is to double click on the Acronis icon located on the Desktop. If you do not see the icon, then click Start/All Programs/Acronis/Acronis True Image Home 2011/Acronis True Image Home.
2) Click on the ‘Go to main screen’ option’. You should see the “Master Image” backup you just created. Select the ‘Recover’’ option to start the recovery process.
3) Recovering “Master Image”: If you have created more than one image backup the one you want is the “Master Image” backup you created in step #7 above. By default all backups are listed by their partition letter and the destination which must be changed from (C:) to the partition letter that represents the first partition on the new drive. In this case it is (D:).
4) Show MBR: Located in the lower left corner, click this option to verify that the MBR (Master Boot Record) box “IS” checked, and that you select the new drive to restore the MBR.
Note: This trick (Restoring the Master Boot Record) will only work if your partitioned the new drive with a Primary and Extended partition. The extended partition with a logical drive is where the image backup is currently located.
5) Disk Recovery Options: Located in the lower left corner, click this option.
a) In the ‘Advanced’ tab click on the Validation pull down arrow and place a check mark on in the ‘Validate backup before recovery’ option.
b) Performance tab: Move the slider all the way to the right to ‘High’.
c) Notifications tab: No changes are required; the defaults are acceptable, click the ‘OK’ button.
6) To restore the image backup to the Windows partition on your new drive, click the ‘Recover Now’ button.
7) The ‘Recover Progress’ window will open with the progress bar. Progress is none linear and inaccurate in the amount of time remaining; just hang in there and be patient.
8) The progress window will close, indicating that the restore is complete. Exit Acronis True Image by clicking on the X located in the top right corner.
9) If you open Windows Explorer you should now see an exact copy of your Windows partition on the new drive. Note that the partition/volume name of the new drive will now match the partition name of the old drive since it is an image of that drive.
10) Turn of the computer, remove the data cable from the old drive and verify that you are able to boot from the new drive.
Warning: Do not leave both drives connected when you reboot your computer. Doing so may result in no longer being able to boot from either your old or new drive. So power down the computer and disconnect the data cable from the old drive and then boot the computer.
Note: Some computers have a BIOS option to choose which “hard drive” to boot from when multiple drive have been installed. You may need to at least verify and possibly choose the correct hard drive (your new drive) as the default drive to boot from (which should be the only drive listed). As always the DVD drive should be first boot device followed by the hard drive.
Open Windows Explorer and you should see in the right hand pane the size of each partition on your new drive.