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Windows 7: Complete backup to empty HDD?

27 Jan 2012   #1
chilloh

windows 7 ultimate
 
 
Complete backup to empty HDD?

I made a complete backup of my system and placed it on an external HDD.
I am planning to get a bigger HDD, is it possible to put it on this new empty harddrive so that I can boot my os (windows 7), software and files?

Thank you.


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27 Jan 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Yes, assuming you are referring to an image when you say "backup".
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27 Jan 2012   #3
chilloh

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

If by ''image'' you mean the operating system and all the files? Then yes.
Do you know how to do that?
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27 Jan 2012   #4
ignatzatsonic

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I know how to do it with Macrium, Acronis, and EaseUS.

I am guessing you used Windows built-in imaging. I gave up on it and don't have a clue. But others on this forum have used it successfully and there are a number of tutorials here on how to use it.

The Windows tool can back up your "system" and also your personal files--pictures, videos, mp3, etc. I'm not sure if you are also intending to backup your personal files.
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27 Jan 2012   #5
chilloh

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

I have little knowledge about this stuff so sorry if ask too many questions but is this an image (the whole system backup)?

http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/9756/knipselj.jpg

If it is can you please post a link to a tutorial on how to put in an empty HDD?
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27 Jan 2012   #6
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I'd guess it is an image, only because I see an image folder in that picture.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Many here would tell you to use another application instead, but that link is for the Windows tool, which you appear to have used and about which I know virtually nothing.
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