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Windows 7: Moving W7 to a new hard drive


30 Oct 2009   #11
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Thanks, I'll check out better this Acronis I'm using to back up my roomie's Vista drive. Haven't had to reimage it yet. Kinda holding my nose doing it all since he is stubbornly refusing to use his Windows 7 Upgrade that came with his new Acer since I did a clean reinstall of Vista that fixed his blue screens.

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30 Oct 2009   #12

W7 x64
 
 

Has anyone tried the WD Acronis download on Windows 7 yet ? Windows 7 is not listed as a supported OS.

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30 Oct 2009   #13

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I have used the Seagate version DiscWizard. Same thing as far as I can tell.

Tried it on 7 to check what it does. Not much - but it's free - seems ok.

It will make an image - restore an image - copy a HD. That's about it. No scheduling, or differential, etc. - very basic. Obviously, the paid one does more.

It will be fine to copy one hard drive to another - same size or larger.

Lots of backup apps. will do that.

A lot of partition managers will do it too.

It will be quicker than making an image - then restoring the image to the other drive.
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30 Oct 2009   #14
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What is your opinion of WIndows 7 Backup Imaging? Isn't making an image of the HDD and then swapping HDD's to reimage the same as cloning? Because I've used it to do that several times, no prob.
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30 Oct 2009   #15

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You can do that.

If you don't already have an image to hand - copy function will be faster - especially if there is a lot of data.

Depends what the app. offers. - some offer all sectors ( clone) - some only used sectors - some will update bcd, etc.

Need to be careful with resizing - might lose bootability - depends where the start sectors are, and whether the app. will update bcd for you.

I was pleasantly surprised to copy a partition with Paragon PM - and boot straight into the copy or the original - it had added the bcd entries.
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31 Oct 2009   #16
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Yes my Paragon Part Mgr 9 did that on an XP I copied to first part. Booted with boot menu of both. Amazing.

The new Paragon HD MGr has compression of drive images. My Windows 7 backup image is 90g, but PHDM can do it at 72g. I still like the built in better.

I wish you would have chimed in on this other case tonight about copying vs. moving. I think OP chickened out.
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31 Oct 2009   #17

W7 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the help guys

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I wish you would have chimed in on this other case tonight about copying vs. moving. I think OP chickened out.
I haven't bought or decided on a new hard drive yet, I just like getting advice before I run into problems or spend money.
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31 Oct 2009   #18
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Raptor77 View Post
Thanks for the help guys

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I wish you would have chimed in on this other case tonight about copying vs. moving. I think OP chickened out.
I haven't bought or decided on a new hard drive yet, I just like getting advice before I run into problems or spend money.
Yeah I was referring to another case which was active on here at the same time as yours. Guy wouldn't take the plunge after we specified how to move his second Windows 7 part over onto XP deleted first part.
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01 Nov 2009   #19

W7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Yeah I was referring to another case which was active on here at the same time as yours. Guy wouldn't take the plunge after we specified how to move his second Windows 7 part over onto XP deleted first part.
Ah right, sorry about that then
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17 Mar 2010   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Step by step cloning to larger drive

I have read the helpful discussion on the forum, and would like to clone my Windows 7 system drive to a larger drive. I have the full version of Acronis TI. It might seem like a simple question, but I would appreciate advice on the actual process i.e. can I clone to the new drive sitting in an external drive caddy, then insert that drive in place of my current system drive, or do I have to install the new drive in place of my current second hard drive i.e. actually using it as a blank internal drive, clone the system drive to it, then connect it as drive 0, and reconnect my current second drive?
Many thanks in anticipation of advice for the novice cloner!
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