Lost all hardware drivers

WL - Feb 14, 2009 at 08:31 PM
 WL - Feb 15, 2009 at 12:00 PM
Hello, I removed my 100gb hardrive from my toshiba notebook & installed 250 gb hardrive The computer did not come with the xp os cd so i put a clean install of xp pro. Now the computer does not reconize amy of the hardware installed in it. The program seems to work but no sound I can not get on internet to look for drivers. Can I copy the drivers from the other hardrive if I reinstall the old drive. Nothing works except the program.

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Wednesday October 8, 2008
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Feb 14, 2009 at 09:24 PM
Why don't you clone the old hard drive onto the new one. Buy a cheap USB adapter or a full USB case/adapter that will change you old drive into a external hard drive and use the FREE software from this site (Easeus Partition Manager 3.0).

You might want to swap the old drive back in to the laptop. download the software. Do the cloning and swap the drives again. Good Luck

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Sunday August 17, 2008
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November 29, 2009
Feb 15, 2009 at 05:01 AM
Hi There
You have done what so many others have done in the past, but yes you can do what you are saying. You will have to reinstall the old hard drive so everything is running as it was then you will need a programme to back your drivers up save them to disc then swap you drive over and recover your drivers.
Another way you could achieve the same result is to clone your 100gb hard drive onto the 250gb hard drive.
There are a few free driver backup programs about and one I found on a search was Portable Driver Magician Lite. I cannot tell you how good or bad this program is as I have not used it but the link to it is below.


Other than that you can purchase a driver program and download online.

You say you cannot get on the internet to look for drivers but you are on the internet typing this question so you could also use the computer you used for this question to look for drivers.

Hope this helps Kindest Regards Tony B.
Thank you so much for your answer that takes a load off my mind.Yes I do have another computer,a desktop That I am on line with. May be now I can get my lap top going now thank you.