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Windows 7: Replacing internal hard drive/disc with new one

26 May 2014   #11
strollin

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You cannot format the drive you booted from. You will need to get the new drive running and boot from it, then you will be able to delete the partitions from the old drive and format it.

If your system is running fine with your old drive and all that you want to do is upgrade to a new, larger drive there is no need to re-install Windows. You can "clone" the original drive to the new drive and keep everything in tact. If you re-install Windows you will also need to re-install all of your programs and you will need to backup/backup restore all of your data. Cloning eliminates all of that additional work.

You could use the free tool, Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download, to do the cloning.


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26 May 2014   #12
nofttss

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
You cannot format the drive you booted from. You will need to get the new drive running and boot from it, then you will be able to delete the partitions from the old drive and format it.

If your system is running fine with your old drive and all that you want to do is upgrade to a new, larger drive there is no need to re-install Windows. You can "clone" the original drive to the new drive and keep everything in tact. If you re-install Windows you will also need to re-install all of your programs and you will need to backup/backup restore all of your data. Cloning eliminates all of that additional work.

You could use the free tool, Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download, to do the cloning.
I want to remove everything off my current drive and replace it with a new drive. The problem I'm having is not being able to right click the C drive to format it, and that theres 2 drives the C and D which have equal capacity which I want to format, but not sure how to format them both together.
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26 May 2014   #13
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

You can't format the C: drive as that's what Windows is installed onto and it can't format itself. As mentioned, you'll have to install Windows on your new drive, then attach the old drive and format it that way.
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26 May 2014   #14
nofttss

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
You can't format the C: drive as that's what Windows is installed onto and it can't format itself. As mentioned, you'll have to install Windows on your new drive, then attach the old drive and format it that way.
Ah yes this makes sense, thanks.

Ok, last question- and I appreciate the help so far- what I'm going to do is open up my PC, add the new hard drive and attach wires from old to new, install windows, then switch wires back to old hard drive and format the C and D drives, then remove and dispose of old HD. Have I got that right?
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26 May 2014   #15
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

No. You're good up to this point:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nofttss View Post
what I'm going to do is open up my PC, add the new hard drive and attach wires from old to new, install windows
What you can't do is this:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nofttss View Post
then switch wires back to old hard drive and format the C and D drives, then remove and dispose of old HD. Have I got that right?
If you switch the wires back you'll be booting from your old drive again. You'll need to add the old drive as well as your new drive, you'd have to boot from the new with the old one attached as a secondary drive to be able to format it.
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26 May 2014   #16
nofttss

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
No. You're good up to this point:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nofttss View Post
what I'm going to do is open up my PC, add the new hard drive and attach wires from old to new, install windows
What you can't do is this:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nofttss View Post
then switch wires back to old hard drive and format the C and D drives, then remove and dispose of old HD. Have I got that right?
If you switch the wires back you'll be booting from your old drive again. You'll need to add the old drive as well as your new drive, you'd have to boot from the new with the old one attached as a secondary drive to be able to format it.
This makes sense too.

I haven't opened up my PC yet, are there wires for an additional hard drive in there?

And how do I choose which one to boot from when I turn on the PC (assuming both are attached)?
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26 May 2014   #17
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

There should be a power cable from your PSU for the drive, you may have to add an extra SATA data cable to connect the second drive. As long as you plug the existing cables into your current HDD and install Windows that should be established as the primary boot drive, your old drive should then show up in My Computer and you'll be able to format.
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26 May 2014   #18
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Since you don't seem to be interested at all in my suggestion to clone your existing drive and are determined to install Win 7 fresh on the new drive, I recommend that you remove the old drive from your system, install Windows, all your programs, Windows updates, etc... Once that is all up and running, then worry about putting the old drive back in the system and formatting it so that you can restore your data to that drive.
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