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Windows 7: Setting up a new boot drive ---

26 Jul 2010   #1
ejolesch

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 
Setting up a new boot drive ---

I currently have a 40GB SSD drive as my boot drive. I want to replace it with a larger SSD, probably 80GB.

Are there any problems with plugging the 80GB in, copying all of the files over from the 40GB and then setting it to be the boot drive. After its completed I will remove the 40GB from my system...

Thanks
Elliot


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26 Jul 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ejolesch View Post
I currently have a 40GB SSD drive as my boot drive. I want to replace it with a larger SSD, probably 80GB.

Are there any problems with plugging the 80GB in, copying all of the files over from the 40GB and then setting it to be the boot drive. After its completed I will remove the 40GB from my system...

Thanks
Elliot
Isnt that simple Elliot. You can make an image and restore the image but a pure copy wouldnt account for the MBR.

Ken
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26 Jul 2010   #3
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You don't want to copy the files over. You will want to clone the drive using any number of methods...one being Macrium Reflect Free Edition. Then you can unplug the 40 GB and move the 80 GB to the primary SATA slot.
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26 Jul 2010   #4
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

You could install both drives in your system with the 40G as the boot drive then use cloning software to clone the 40G to the 80G. Once the cloning is complete you could then make the 80G the boot drive.

Cloning is similar to imaging but instead of writing the image to a file it is written directly to another drive. It's easier than a backup/restore process.

I've used Acronis True Image to clone drives in the past. It's a commercial product that is currently offered for $30. Maybe someone else knows of free cloning software.
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26 Jul 2010   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Here's a serious deal for anyone interested, I think it's good until 1 August.



Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite (English)
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26 Jul 2010   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Make an image with a free app.

Restore the image to the new drive. Simple. You also have an image to hand in case you need it again.

Paragon do a good free imaging app. Free Backup Software: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Edition ...


I am using the Server edition here , but you get the idea:

Setting up a new boot drive ----parpemountvhd.jpg



Macrium do a free one too: Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download


BFK I see you are enjoying your Paragon app.


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