I currently have 2 hard drives, one for the Vista x86 system, and the other for "My Files" (Documents, Email, Downloads, Pictures ...) although there are naturally a few important files also saved on the system drive.
I plan to do a clean install of Windows 7 x64 using 2 brand new hard drives, and keep the existing drives intact. I can temporarily connect both of the old drives to collect what I need from them.
My question is this: do I need to run Windows Easy Transfer to make an archive of the old drives, or can I transfer the data from its raw form? Going from XP to Vista was easy, simply drag and drop. But I think that the Windows 7 "Libraries" system may not like this, and I may run into problems with Permissions or Onwership.
System Manufacturer/Model Number Homebrew OS Windows 7 Professional x64 CPU Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.3GHz Motherboard Fatal1ty P67 Professional Memory 8GB Graphics Card Zotac ZONE GeForce GT 240 1GB [ZT-20404-20L] Sound Card On board Monitor(s) Displays 2x Samsung SyncMaster 203B Screen Resolution 1400 x 1050
Keyboard Microsoft Natural Wireless Ergonomic 7000 Mouse Microsoft Natural Wireless Laser 7000 Case CoolerMaster Elite Cooling Zalman
I would recommend using the Transfer Wizard from the 7 installation disc. It can easily be customized to pick up exactly what you want moved - it got me completely moved from Vista to 7 in an afternoon - without fuss.
System Manufacturer/Model Number Gateway GT5692 OS Windows 7 Ulti. x64 CPU AMD Phenom 8450 triple-core 2.10 ghz Memory 4GB Graphics Card ATI Radion HD 3200 Monitor(s) Displays Gateway FPD1775W Screen Resolution 1280x720