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Windows 7: Help Upgrading 1 TB Internal to 2 TB Internal Hard Drive

08 Apr 2013   #1
Danielzxzx

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
Help Upgrading 1 TB Internal to 2 TB Internal Hard Drive

So my 1 TB internal hard drive has less than 30 GB of space and I want to upgrade to a 2 TB internal so I can hold more of my games on it. How would I be able to transfer every single thing from the 1 TB to the 2 TB?


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08 Apr 2013   #2
crankypenguin

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Assuming this is for a desktop, you would plug in the new HDD into the sata port on your motherboard, amd make sure it is getting power from the PSU, and win7 should recognize it and mount it. You then make sure its has the NTFS file system and you can drag and drop from one drive to the other. Or use a program to copy over files like teracopy. I use teracopy because it keeps exact listing of what is being copied and exact info about size. Now as far as transferring games, I may be wrong but I think you would have to reinstall the game into the larger drive if you wanted to make use of the 2tb drive. I am not a big gamer so take my game advice with a bit of salt, I am simply trying my best to help you out
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08 Apr 2013   #3
pscowboy

W7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

That's not going to work if the OS is on that drive. You can't just copy everything over. It won't boot.

If that's the case, you're going to have to image the 1tb to the 2tb.

I would enlist the help of a friend's pc which has 64bit Windows. Download and install Macrium Reflect's 64bit imaging app. Bring up the program and go to the tab that lets you produce an offline recovery cd. It's either Tools or Other (its been awhile). Do the full PE cd, not the Linux version. That will also ask you to download the WAIK for W7. Go through all that, because the resulting cd bootable, imaging product is worth its weight in gold.

After you're done producing the cd, your friend can uninstall everything.

Now with both the 1tb and 2tb hooked up (you don't have to initialize the 2tb), pop in the Macrium cd and let it boot up and do the image over to the 2tb. It's fairly intuitive to follow.
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08 Apr 2013   #4
crankypenguin

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pscowboy View Post
That's not going to work if the OS is on that drive. You can't just copy everything over. It won't boot.

If that's the case, you're going to have to image the 1tb to the 2tb.

I would enlist the help of a friend's pc which has 64bit Windows. Download and install Macrium Reflect's 64bit imaging app. Bring up the program and go to the tab that lets you produce an offline recovery cd. It's either Tools or Other (its been awhile). Do the full PE cd, not the Linux version. That will also ask you to download the WAIK for W7. Go through all that, because the resulting cd bootable, imaging product is worth its weight in gold.

After you're done producing the cd, your friend can uninstall everything.

Now with both the 1tb and 2tb hooked up (you don't have to initialize the 2tb), pop in the Macrium cd and let it boot up and do the image over to the 2tb. It's fairly intuitive to follow.
Ah that's right, I did not take the OS itself into account. I honestly thought that this was only about adding an extra HDD for data such as games, music, documents etc etc. I apologize for my misleading answer.
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08 Apr 2013   #5
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Here are instructions with links to Macrium and a pre-compiled WinPE disk iso.
Imaging with free Macrium
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08 Apr 2013   #6
Danielzxzx

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Ok thanks for the help. Later on I'm going to try these. I'll let you know if I come into any problems.
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08 Apr 2013   #7
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Danielzxzx View Post
So my 1 TB internal hard drive has less than 30 GB of space and I want to upgrade to a 2 TB internal so I can hold more of my games on it. How would I be able to transfer every single thing from the 1 TB to the 2 TB?
Since you have a WD HDD you can download Acronis Trueimage for free.

WD Support

This is a great program and will make an image of your drive and you can do a full restore to your new HDD quickly.

Good luck!
In answer to your question (in your specs)

http://www.speedtest.net/
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