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Is it possible to only transfer a D: partition, which has the recovery image on it to a new hard drive and run the partition to get a fresh image? I have an Emachine T6528 with a 160GB EIDE HDD and want to transfer to a PATA 320 GB drive. I want to transfer only the D: partition but no data or O/S from the C: because it has become corrupted and I want a fresh image of the O/S, drivers, etc. I have backed up the data I need and will do a recovery disc, but don't want to clone the mess that it has become. Can't even run chkdsk at boot up. What is the best way to do this without having to purchase any clone software. Will this work on a new hard drive? Thanks for any help.
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What I would do is clone the entire old hard drive, including the MBR to the new one. Put the new drive in the computer and try the recovery process. It usually overwrites everything on the boot partition anyway. Drive Image XML has a free version of cloning software.

The reason is, most manufacturers use a modified boot code to tell the PC how to boot to the recovery partition and where to install Windows. I can't speak specifically for the emachine, but the above is probably the easiest way. I've only done what you're trying to do on Dells.
 
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