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Windows 7: Advice on install

09 Jan 2011   #1

7 ultimate 32
Advice on install

I picked up a few 1TB Hitachi Hard drives (SCSI) and I would like to install them as my boot up drives; or not if you all' dont think that is a good idea. I have two IDE drives now, which boot to Windows 7 Ultimate. I would like to clone them to the SCSI to have them do the work and get rid of them. Any suggestions on how to go about this the Painless way?

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10 Jan 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP


I would try one at a time. Do you have a cloning app or are any of the IDE drives WD or Seagate so you can use one of their free Acronis cloning apps?

If not, then you can use Windows 7 backup imaging to save the image externally or to another HD, then boot Repair CD to reimage to the new HD. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
System Image Recovery

Another free choice which offers more reimaging options is Macrium Reflect:
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11 Jan 2011   #3

7 ultimate 32

Thanks for the info, I tried to use Acronis and I was able to clone both drives.
The system now boots up with the new cloned c drive, it is a Hitachi HDS721010CLA JP4O as described by Acronis.
The other drive is the same

The problem I have is that I cant see the 2nd drive, it shows up in the bios, shows up in acronis but doesnt show up to the system.

Any suggestions
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11 Jan 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP


Look in Disk Management to see if the other HD shows up. You may have to assign it a letter.

If not, boot free Partition Wizard bootable CD which will give an accurate reading when Disk Mgmt sometimes doesn't. See if you can add a drive letter there. If not, post back a camera snap.

Can you boot the other HD using BIOS one-time Boot Menu key, or by changing the boot order?
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11 Jan 2011   #5

7 ultimate 32

I went into Disk Management and changed it, removed old drive and re-booted. Worked Great. Thanks AGAIN for your help.
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