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Windows 7: Help. Replacing Laptop Hard Drive

18 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Help. Replacing Laptop Hard Drive

I'm getting a bigger hard drive for christmas and i'm unsure how I'm going to go about cloning my current hard drive and putting it onto the new one.

First question; what program do I use to clone my Win 7 OS to the new Bigger hard drive?

Second question; when cloning the hardrive do I copy the hard drive to a portable hardrive then fit the new hard drive and restore? (using software from a bootable CD)

Third and final question; By cloning my laptop hard drive and putting it onto the new bigger hard drive and using on the same laptop, will single license copy of windows 7 become invalid as it's on two hard drives?

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18 Dec 2009   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dave1812 View Post
Wasn't a full looking answer that I was looking for but thanks for the link to hard drive cloning software.
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18 Dec 2009   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JunkBox View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dave1812 View Post
Wasn't a full looking answer that I was looking for but thanks for the link to hard drive cloning software.

How about this? IF the only hardware u change is the harddrive, you should no have trouble with the validation. Obviously, you can't take put the old HDD into another PC and expect it to be validated...
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18 Dec 2009   #5
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JunkBox View Post

First question; what program do I use to clone my Win 7 OS to the new Bigger hard drive?

Second question; when cloning the hardrive do I copy the hard drive to a portable hardrive then fit the new hard drive and restore? (using software from a bootable CD)

Third and final question; By cloning my laptop hard drive and putting it onto the new bigger hard drive and using on the same laptop, will single license copy of windows 7 become invalid as it's on two hard drives?

First answer: Norton Ghost 11.

Second question: Would help if you dump the ghost image onto an extern USB HDD first.

Third question: Nothing talking to MS can't fix...well almost nothing.
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23 Mar 2010   #6

64 bit Windows 7 Ultimate (Free from Windows 7 Launch Event)
 
 
Windows 7 Ultimate Clones Hard Drives

I don't know if the other versions of Windows 7 also clone hard drives but Ultimate does, I've used it, here's the directions to it:
  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Back Up And Restore
  • Create a System Image
I am now going to try something new, I am going to do a clean install on two drives, every time I decide that I like new software that I have installed on the hard drive that I have in my PC and am using I will swap the drive and install it on the other hard drive and swap the drives again.

If I am having difficult software problems or the OS installation degradation level is where a clean install is warranted with the drive that I am using then I will install the other drive as a secondary drive and copy it like we do when upgrading a drive then remove it.

I don't use the other drive except for to install new software, drivers, and to copy from.
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23 Mar 2010   #7
whs

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aem View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JunkBox View Post

First question; what program do I use to clone my Win 7 OS to the new Bigger hard drive?

Second question; when cloning the hardrive do I copy the hard drive to a portable hardrive then fit the new hard drive and restore? (using software from a bootable CD)

Third and final question; By cloning my laptop hard drive and putting it onto the new bigger hard drive and using on the same laptop, will single license copy of windows 7 become invalid as it's on two hard drives?

First answer: Norton Ghost 11.

Second question: Would help if you dump the ghost image onto an extern USB HDD first.

Third question: Nothing talking to MS can't fix...well almost nothing.
If you use Norton Ghost, you have to use the COPY function, not the image function. That will make a true clone.
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