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Windows 7: How to swap to a new hard drive

04 Sep 2010   #1
slater

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
How to swap to a new hard drive

Hi.
Please can someone tell me the most reliable way to upgrade my hard drive.
I have Norton Ghost 15
Would like to transfer my system onto a new hard drive and then just boot from that new drive, removing and destroying the old one.
How do I do this?
Thanks


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04 Sep 2010   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello slater.




The Norton program will do that though I have no experience with Norton, it shouldn't be that hard to figure out; you will need another separate Hard Disk Drive (HDD) to store the image on. Just be sure to create the recovery disk first so that you will be able to boot to the recovery side to restore to the image later.


You can use step #7 in this tutorial to do wipe "clean all" of the old HDD to over-write any old data still left on it, then you could just throw it in the trash.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
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04 Sep 2010   #3
slater

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Bare Foot Kid
Thanks.
If I create an image on the new HDD and then remove my existing one, should the computer then just boot using the new drive? No need to reinstall everything?
Thanks again.
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04 Sep 2010   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

No it doesn't work that way, the created image will have to be added to the new HDD using the Norton programs boot disk, that's why it (the disk) MUST be created.
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04 Sep 2010   #5
slater

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

OK.
I'll do that and post the results shortly.
All the best and thanks for your help.
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04 Sep 2010   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You're very welcome and do remember to post back with an update or if you have further questions.
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04 Sep 2010   #7
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

I would not destroy the old HD. I would use it for backup or extra storage. Unless of course it is defective & dying
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04 Sep 2010   #8
slater

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

DocBrown
Thanks.
Yes - I will do that. My case can hold 4 HDDs, so as you say I might as well leave it in one of the spare spaces.
All the best.
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04 Sep 2010   #9
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by slater View Post
DocBrown
Thanks.
Yes - I will do that. My case can hold 4 HDDs, so as you say I might as well leave it in one of the spare spaces.
All the best.


Do the clean all to it any way.
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