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Windows 7: Move (Backup) Win7 from MBR Disk to (Restore) GPT based disk

08 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 64bit
Move (Backup) Win7 from MBR Disk to (Restore) GPT based disk

I'm interested in moving my Windows 7 64 bit system to a new disk. That disk will use GPT. Windows 7 Pro 64bit, which is supposed to support booting off GPT disks.

Has anyone done this yet? Is there anything to worry about?

I've looked at the various "move Windows 7 to another disk" threads for software suggestions and experiences. I'll probably use the Acronis software I obtained from Western Digital, but I'm open, as long as it works.

I've yet to backup/restore XP/Windows 7, so am not comfortable with any of the software yet. I do backup "important data" to the network, but resort to full install when the worst happens.

It's trivial to, and I've already moved FreeBSD and various Linux to GPT using native Unix dump and restore. But I've been doing that since before Windows 3 even existed, it's second nature. (Would dump/restore work if I mounted the NTFS partition in Unix?)

Windows 7 is setup just perfect right now, and I'd rather not reinstall it.


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