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Windows 7: Add 2nd HDD swap allocations after cloning

25 Jan 2012   #1
INew2Seven

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Add 2nd HDD swap allocations after cloning

Okay. I installed a 2nd hard drive (presently drive B: ) it is initialized, volume prepared and ready to go. The plan is to clone Drive C: to it. Then making it the primarily C: drive. The old C: Drive will then be changed to Drive B: Need some steps please.


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25 Jan 2012   #2
whs
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Just image C and restore it on the other drive. But do not call it 'B'. the letters A and B are reserved (for floppies - seriously). Imaging with free Macrium
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25 Jan 2012   #3
INew2Seven

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I am sure you mean clone not image. I have read that imaging is not going to be boot-able. Will I ever be able to set the new HDD as C: and the old HDD to a other letter drive? Could you give some more specifics on the steps? Thanks
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25 Jan 2012   #4
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by INew2Seven View Post
I am sure you mean clone not image. I have read that imaging is not going to be boot-able. Will I ever be able to set the new HDD as C: and the old HDD to a other letter drive? Could you give some more specifics on the steps? Thanks
I'm sure he meant image not clone.

Properly restored images of bootable disks are bootable. That's why people use them.

The new HDD should be C automatically. You can later reconnect the old HDD and give it any drive letter you choose.

Cloning could work too. Cloning is a transfer in real time without using an image file. The people on this forum most often use imaging, typically with Macrium, Acronis, or EaseUS TODO.

Some imaging programs will also clone, some won't.

Look at this thread for the recent experience of a highly qualified member who used cloning:

Best method to clone SSDs
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25 Jan 2012   #5
whs
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by INew2Seven View Post
I am sure you mean clone not image. I have read that imaging is not going to be boot-able. Will I ever be able to set the new HDD as C: and the old HDD to a other letter drive? Could you give some more specifics on the steps? Thanks
I think what you read refers to the 100MB active system partition that needs to be imaged too.

But the modern geek transfers the bootmgr to C: before he images the C: partition. Then there is no booting problem at all. Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
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