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Windows 7: Moving Windows 7 to another drive

17 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Moving Windows 7 to another drive

I'm wanting to move my copy of Windows 7 OEM Ultimate x64 to a new drive, with all the programs and that without reinstalling.
I'm wanting to move it from my WD Black SATA2 drive to a SATA3 drive, which will be done via a PCIe Card. If this isn't possible to do, I'm fine using a fast SATA 2 drive.

What would I need to do for this guys?
I'm wondering if copying all the required folders Windows needs, putting them on a same-sized drive, unplugging the WD Black and doing a boot with that in the same SATA port.

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17 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64

I think that Acronis True Image should help you. Clone your HDD.
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17 Apr 2011   #3

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit

You can clone directly or you can make an image and then restore the image. Acronis can clone or image. Macrium Free can image, but it cannot clone.

Simply copying folders won't help.
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17 Apr 2011   #4
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Since you have WD HD involved, you can use WD's free Acronis cloning/imaging app.

The Manual is right on the Downloads page and is easy to understand.

WD Acronis free cloning app

You can also use Windows 7's own built-in drive imaging which can be reimaged with your DVD or Repair CD: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
System Image Recovery
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