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Windows 7: Switch OS Hard drive

02 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
Switch OS Hard drive

I have a very specific task that I wish to accomplish.

Right now I have one HDD where all my files and folders exsist for my computer. Only one.

I want to expand to two HDD, one for the OS and one for my games, videos and music.

How can transfer the OS files for Windows 7 to the new HDD?

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02 Jul 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP


You want to keep Programs installed on the OS drive.

To transfer User files to a (Logical) partition on second HD, follow this tutorial and video:
User Folders - Change Default Location
Data Partition

I would make a separate primary Recovery partition on the second HD to save a Windows 7 backup image so it can be easily detected to reimage the first HD using the Windows 7 DVD Repair console or Repair CD:
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
System Image Recovery
System Repair Disc - Create

Then backup your User files from second HD to external, or leave a copy of them in a (Logical) storage partition on the first HD. Now you have everything backed up if either HD fails.

Use free Partition Wizard bootable CD to make your logical data partitions.
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