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Windows 7: Moving OS and stuff to new HD: which app to choose?

17 Sep 2012   #1

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Moving OS and stuff to new HD: which app to choose?

I was searching for software to do that and the closest to it I've found was Paragon Drive Copy.

I asked their support the following:
I want to take my Windows 7 Professional system and all installed applications and suites (Office 2010 H&S and CorelDRAW X5 included) – all legit, registered, activated, updated, etc. – and copy them so I can upgrade from a 5400 RPM hard disk to a new 7200 RPM hard disk in the same system. Can this program do all that, saving me the hassle of reinstalling, activating, registering, etc. the OS and applications and suites?
Their answer:
Yes, that's exactely (sic) what the software is for and what its same says (sic). You can copy your entire drive with your OS, programs and personal data.
But today I went to their site again and found they have another app called Paragon Migrate OS to SSD 2.0, of which they say:
Ready to upgrade to a new Solid State Drive (SSD)? Paragon’s Migrate OS to SSD is just what you need. Our handy intuitive wizard performs fast and safe Windows migrations to new storage devices (HDD or SSD) and even downsizes to smaller capacity drives, thanks to advanced new data exclusion capabilities. You can transfer a live system with no impact to your work, and have your partitions automatically aligned in the process if needed.

Note that they say "migrations to new storage devices (HDD or SSD)".

My questions are:

- Does anyone here have experience with one of these apps or both?
- Considering my needs, is it OK if I purchase the less costly Migrate OS to SSD (but use it to copy to a new HD)?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Sep 2012   #2

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

I'm sure that some with Paragon experience will give you answers.

Here is what I would do:
Use Window 7 Backup and Restore to create a System Image of the entire old disk to an external USB drive.

Restore that system image to the new disk using a Win 7 System Repair Disc.

Here are tutorials for you:
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

To make a System Repair CD/DVD:

START | type System Repair | Enter key | Create Disc button

What will be helpful for us is following:
Run disk management:
This method gives you a display without the unneeded navigation pane.
WIN=key with Microsoft logo on top.

Maximize the output of Disk Management:
Maximize the output of Disk Management:
ALT-Spacebar key combo | X key (selects Maximize) |
Drag the field separators (such as between Status and Capacity) to show entire field.

Make a snapshot:
Drag the cursor around the area you want to snip.
File | Save as | select save location and name | Save

Post the snapshot:
Post a File or Screenshot in Seven Forums

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Sep 2012   #3
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit

The migrate app is for "moving" the OS from an HDD to an SDD -- I used that myself and it worked great.

As to migrating from one HDD to another, I've found that Macrium Reflect FREE works great.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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