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Windows 7: How do I transfer clone of my C drive to new HDD?

27 Aug 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
How do I transfer clone of my C drive to new HDD?


I want to put a new, bigger, HDD (just a SATA, not SSD) into my ASUS X54C laptop, and wondered how easy it would be to clone and transfer the C (operating system) drive to a partition on the new drive? I have Windows 7 Home Premium OS.

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28 Aug 2013   #2

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Win 7 Pro 64-bit

It depends on which software you use to create the clone. Just as an example, Macrium Reflect Free edition allows cloning.

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

And their tutorial explains how:

v5: How to clone a disk (Clone Disk, v5)

If you choose to use a different imaging/cloning software the steps should be similar but probably not exactly the same. Check the support forums and/or knowledge base articles for specific information.
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28 Aug 2013   #3

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

You can simply make an image of your existing system using Windows inbuilt system image software &/or Macrium then remove the older HDD and reimage to the new HDD. You may then simply need to recover some unallocated space using an excellent (free) tool Partition Wizard. With Partition Wizard the installed minitool will do the job but I'd also make the bootable CD. This is an essential, highly respect tool to have.
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28 Aug 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thanks. I am using software called DriveClone 9 to do the actual cloning. I wondered if I needed to have Windows 7 already on the new HDD first, or if I can just transfer the clone straight from the external drive to the new, empty, HDD?
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