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Windows 7: HD failing need to move os to new bigger HD

14 Jan 2012   #1

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HD failing need to move os to new bigger HD

This question may have been posted and answered at an earlier date but I am experiencing some complications that I am unsure how to address. My desktops Hd recently started failing and so today I ordered a new one that is 250gb larger. I understand how to back up most of my files and have an external to do so but I do not have install disk for the windows 7 os as my computer came with it installed. My product key for my os is still on the sticker on the side of the tower but as this new Hd is 100% blank i need to move the os somehow and I am unsure as to how I am supposed to do this. I have read alot about cloning a Hd but am wondering if this is my best option. ANY information on this problem would be greatly appreciated but please keep in mind i am no computer genius, Thank you all for any and all help.

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14 Jan 2012   #2

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We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create


Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

Have a look at those tutorials:
Best to backup to a external HDD.
System Image Recovery
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Restore Backup User and System Files


SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
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14 Jan 2012   #3

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i have never created a backup or recovery disk but the old hard drive is still accessible atm. My problem is I do not have windows seven installation disk so if I follow the steps in the Backup Complete Computer tut you linked me to i do not know how to make the created backup run on my new and empty hard drive. Unless the backup is already bootable?
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14 Jan 2012   #4

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14 Jan 2012   #5

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Thats what I was just reading into lol, My concern was that it says a repair disk cannot install windows seven only repair it. Once I create the back up and save it to my external do I just install the blank hd pop in the repair disk and point the clone or, backup rather, to the empty drive?
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14 Jan 2012   #6

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No, you burn the Repair disk to CD or DVD. Which will start the PC up to this screen.

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System Repair Disc - Create


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14 Jan 2012   #7

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right but the repair disk itself wont have the os on it will it? Sorry im so confused lol. I thought I was creating 1. A back up of my c drive and then 2. A repair disk.
After I boot the repair disk I thought I would need to locate the back up files and move them to the new hd by clicking system image recovery
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14 Jan 2012   #8

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1) Make a image of your HD Drive.
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
2) Make a startup repair disk.
System Repair Disc - Create
3) Recovery the image to new HD Drive.
System Image Recovery
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14 Jan 2012   #9

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yes thats what I thought lol and image can be saved to an external correct
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14 Jan 2012   #10

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Yes, Best to backup to a external HDD.
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