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Windows 7: Moving Windows 7 Installation

08 Oct 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Mission accomplished. Used the WDC provided Acronis program linked by gregrocker.
Thanks to everyone for the help.

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08 Oct 2010   #12
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Glad to see you have it sorted and thanks for the update.
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08 Oct 2010   #13
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RaptorFB View Post
I just got the hard drive and cables today.
So, after reading everyone's responses, I am still somewhat confused. I also think I should clarify as to what I think I am understanding from all of the replies.
My goal is to move the Win7 OS over to the 2TB drive.
The moving of data from other (non OS) drives is just going to be a copy and paste operation.

Finally, I am a bit confused with this line in specific from Night Hawk:
When creating an image to restore onto the 1tb drive you would still need a separate drive or plenty of dvd-rw disks to store separate from the destination drive since the restoration process involves first wiping it entirely of any files present. That's another thing to know ahead of time while a backup is restored to the present installation on at the time.
Could someone kindly clarify this as well?

Thanks in advance.
That's easy enough to explain. When you go to create a full image from the source drive namely the 200gb you couldn't store that on the new 1tb drive being the destination drive.

When going to restore any image previously saved to a drive the restoration tool used will first wipe the drive clean of anything on it. You'll want to keep that in mind if you eventually decide to create a full image of the 1tb drive you now have in for safe keeping in case you need to restore it sometime later.

In order words you have to back up any new files added since the image was made before restoration or lose them entirely. As far as copy and pasting entire folders between drives I know that one well enough. You can also use the Windows Easy Transfer tool and let that do the work for you too.

You will find that restoring an image does go much faster then what it took for using the cloning option in the event you end up finding you still need to perform a clean install later if problems come up from the cloning to the new drive.
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