Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Hard Disk Drive

02 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Bit
Hard Disk Drive

Hello good day to all,
I need your suggestions or guide how to copy image completely from my old HDD with Windows Vista Home Premium. I want to replace my existing HDD drive with another brand with bigger capacity and then I will upgrade it to Windows 7, my problem is how to copy the original HDD drive image into a new one. Please any help with clear steps to go through would be highly appreciated.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

02 Jun 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

You could try the Microsoft backup tool, but it didn't seem to be the carbon copy I quite wanted. You could also try 'clonezilla', a free disc imaging tool.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jun 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

there is a good tutorial from out member Kari here
Written for tranferring Win7, but should do what you want.
It may be better to just do a full clean install of Windows7, then transfer your data from the Vista hard drive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

02 Jun 2011   #4

W7 Ult desktop, W8.1 laptop, W10 laptop, W8.1 tablet

You would be better off doing a data backup of your old drive then doing a clean install of Win 7 to your new drive, reinstalling your apps then restoring your data. It's more work but less trouble prone.
<Oops!> I see Britton30 beat me to this suggestion.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Hard Disk Drive

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Windows has detected a hard disk problem. Hard drive failing?
Hey there guys, about six months ago I started receiving an error every few days on my computer on boot, and it was something along the lines of: 'pxe-rom: Check cable connection!'. To fix it I just used my Windows 7 install CD and it was fine, until whenever it'd happen again. Now, just about...
Hardware & Devices
Hard Drive - Turn Off Hard Disk After Idle or Never
How to Turn Off Hard Disk After so many Minutes of being Idle or Never This will show you how to have your hard disks to be either turned off after however many minutes you set of being idle, or to never be turned off in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. This setting will only affect...
Samsung s2 external hard drive not loading showing local disk F drive
I have a Samsung s2 1tb external hard drive. Today when I hooked it up to my laptop it would not load. It will shows local F drive when it usually will say samsung Drive. A pop up box will then appear stating "you need to format drive" I know if I reformat it I will lose all my data which...
Hardware & Devices
hard drive w/ usb adapter- drive shows in disk manager, not computer
I am trying to access files on a hard drive from a different computer which will no longer load the OS. I have connected the hard drive using a usb adapter. When I plug it in, I get a notice that the device is ready to use, but it does not show up in Computer. It is visible in the disk manager....
Hardware & Devices
Hard Disk Drive turns 55
Celebrating the 55th anniversary of the hard disk ? The Register The data capacity was 5MB (8-bit bytes, 7-bits for data plus a parity bit) and it would cost a business $38,400 a year to lease it. Jim :geek:
Os hard drive and local disk hard drive how can i make them into one?
i have a problem my laptop says it has two hard drives though it only has one physical one my os hard drive is filled and my local disk has lots og free space can someone help me combine them?
Hardware & Devices

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:20.

Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App