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Windows 7: Hard Drive Upgrade question

21 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Hard Drive Upgrade question

I'm not sure if I have asked this before quite like this so I thought I'd make another topic.

I own a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit OEM (purchased off newegg, single user license). I'm running out of hard drive space and would like to upgrade. My current hard drive apparently is SCSI, according to my Device Driver profile. However, when I look in my system BIOS, it shows as SATA. I'd Google the model # (HDT725050VLA) and it clearly states SCSI.

How would I go about doing this upgrade? Well, I've read about Acronis. My concerns are: Is my version of Windows 7 OEM going to cause a problem with updating? Can I copy my old drive onto my new one? Will transitioning from SCSI to SATA II cause a problem or will I need to do a fresh reinstall for that reason only?

I'm not changing anything else on my computer...well, yet. I might just buy a new one next year. I'm a gamer and if system requirements keep climbing as they do, I will need to.


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21 Mar 2011   #2

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JOSHSKORN View Post
I'm not sure if I have asked this before quite like this so I thought I'd make another topic.

I own a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit OEM (purchased off newegg, single user license). I'm running out of hard drive space and would like to upgrade. My current hard drive apparently is SCSI, according to my Device Driver profile. However, when I look in my system BIOS, it shows as SATA. I'd Google the model # (HDT725050VLA) and it clearly states SCSI.

How would I go about doing this upgrade? Well, I've read about Acronis. My concerns are: Is my version of Windows 7 OEM going to cause a problem with updating? Can I copy my old drive onto my new one? Will transitioning from SCSI to SATA II cause a problem or will I need to do a fresh reinstall for that reason only?

I'm not changing anything else on my computer...well, yet. I might just buy a new one next year. I'm a gamer and if system requirements keep climbing as they do, I will need to.
The SCSI factor shouldn't matter as far as I know.

I assume your next drive will be SATA.

You could use Acronis to clone your old drive to the new. You could use Acronis, Macrium, or Windows to image your current drive to another partition and then restore that image to the new drive.

Imaging or cloning usually works but sometimes doesn't. You might be better off just doing a clean install. Your choice.


The OEM factor will not be an issue as long as you keep the same motherboard. Drive changing does not matter.
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