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Windows 7: Hard drive clone help!


11 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 home premium
 
 
Hard drive clone help!

Hello Guys,
Im new to this forum.

Im deciding to make an upgrade to the hard drive on my notebook. Its a 250gb hitachi.
I have a 500gb WD and i need to know if there's a way to clone everything from my old hard drive, (including the os)
Which steps should i follow and which kinds of software would you recommend?

I have a 64 bit based computer and obviously Windows 7.

I will appreciate your help!

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11 Jun 2010   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Since you have a WD drive check this link.

WD Support

Jim
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11 Jun 2010   #3

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by charli3 View Post
Hello Guys,
Im new to this forum.

Im deciding to make an upgrade to the hard drive on my notebook. Its a 250gb hitachi.
I have a 500gb WD and i need to know if there's a way to clone everything from my old hard drive, (including the os)
Which steps should i follow and which kinds of software would you recommend?

I have a 64 bit based computer and obviously Windows 7.

I will appreciate your help!
As PhoneMan suggested, WD support can help you as they have a clone program which will probably represent the easiest solution for you, if not,
then following approach works-i've done it:

CREATE A SYSTEM REPAIR DISK
START | type System Repair | Enter key | Create Disk button
CREATE AND RESTORE A SYSTEM IMAGE
CREATE A SYSTEM IMAGE BACKUP
START | type Backup your computer | Enter key
In left-hand pane, select Create a System Image
select where you want to save the backup | Next
Select the drives you want to backup | Next
Start Backup button
Finish button after completion


RESTORE A SYSTEM IMAGE BACKUP
Boot from the System Repair CD you created.
Connect the external drive with the backup image
NEXT button (change language if desired)
Restore your computer using a system image
that you created earlier
radio button
NEXT button
Use the latest available system image radio button
NEXT button
Format and repartition disks checkbox
NEXT button
FINISH button
YES button
CLONE A DISK
Yes, you can use the Create & Restore steps listed above when you want to replace your hard disk with one of same or larger size.
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11 Jun 2010   #4

Windows 7 home premium
 
 

I do appreciate your help guys, I will follow the steps carefully and share my experience.

Thanks a bunch!

Charlie
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11 Jun 2010   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Charlie,

May all go well and we appreciate any and all feedback.
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12 Jun 2010   #6

Windows 7 home premium
 
 

Just Re-imaged my hard drive....now im using the new one and it runs perfectly!

Everything is the same as the previous one, all my files, programs, settings...etc

Thanks guys, i owe you a beer!

Cheers!
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12 Jun 2010   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Glad it worked out. What method did you use?
If you ever get to New Orleans I know some great places to get that beer.

Jim
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12 Jun 2010   #8

Windows 7 home premium
 
 

Sure!
Both methods were good, but i used the second one. Anyways i have the WD utility for future uses...
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12 Jun 2010   #9

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by charli3 View Post
Just Re-imaged my hard drive....now im using the new one and it runs perfectly!

Everything is the same as the previous one, all my files, programs, settings...etc

Thanks guys, i owe you a beer!

Cheers!
Make mine Augustiner (the best beer in Muenchen - Munich).

Glad to hear all is up and running.
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19 Apr 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ok Karl & Jim ...
I'm new to Windows 7 and this forum. I can understand that you can make the System Image backup but how do you get that Image onto the 500GB Drive? I'm not that familiar with a Notebook...I thought they only have one HDD.
Certaiinly the notebooks doesn't have the memory to hold the image and I didn't think you could put a SI on a Cd or can you? Old Guy wants to know more.
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