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Windows XP disk partition clone

  • Question: I’m looking into buying a Corsair Force GT 120GB and then clone Windows XP partition from the current disk to it. Now, Windows and its files have taken about 100 GB of 150 GB space. How can I do an easy Windows XP disk partition clone and what’s the free and best free utility to perform it? Some utilities require destination must be larger than the source, so is it possible to clone a 150GB partition to a 120GB disk?

    Answer: The actual amount of data on your partition is more relevant to a clone than partition size. Since you just have 100GB of data and want to clone them to a 120GB drive, typically it is possible. Here, we suggest using MiniTool Partition Wizard, a piece of free but professional partitioning software, to image Windows XP disk partition. The whole clone can be realized in extremely simple operations. Let’s see detailed steps.

    How to Clone Disk Partition in Windows XP

    First off, we need to make the partitioning software installed. Then launch it to get its main interface:



    Next, select the partition which needs cloning (namely source partition) and click on "Copy Partition" on the left. Here, as we need to image Windows XP disk partition, selecting drive C is required.



    Then, decide where to create the copy. Here, we clone Windows XP disk partition to unallocated space on Disk 2 and click "Next" to see the interface below:



    Now, we can see the option "Copy the partition with resize" which is checked by default. With it checked, users can drag the black arrow to resize partition. If unchecked, partition size will be settled. Of course, users can drag the whole handle to specify the location of the selected partition. After that, click “Finish” to go back to the main interface:



    At last, apply changes by clicking the icon "Apply" on the top.

    Now, the work to clone Windows XP disk partition is completed.

    Actually, apart from partition image, the very partitioning software MiniTool Partition Wizard is capable of cloning the whole hard disk. Exceptionally simple operations are needed. Just have a try when there is a need.