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Windows 7: Just got a new 2T HDD - easiest way to transfer all media from 500g?

04 Oct 2010   #1
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 
Just got a new 2T HDD - easiest way to transfer all media from 500g?

Ok heres the setup:

OS: 80g HDD
Media: 500g HDD

New Media HDD: 2T

So this is what I want to do, move my entire media HDD to the new 2T HDD.

Then I want to move the entire OS HDD to the 500g old media HDD.

I've got everything all hooked up now & am just about to format the 2T HDD.

So whats the easiest way to transfer that much data with out losing anything?

Just want to be safe.

And yes I do have everything backed up already.

Thanks.


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04 Oct 2010   #2
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Which option do I want to pick for formating this new HDD?


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04 Oct 2010   #3
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Johnny,

You would select the New Simple Volume option to format and create a partition with it.

Partition or Volume - Create New

Enjoy your new HDD mate.
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05 Oct 2010   #4
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Johnny,

You would select the New Simple Volume option to format and create a partition with it.

Partition or Volume - Create New

Enjoy your new HDD mate.
Awesome thanks, its formating now.

Any idea on the overall moving of the data?
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05 Oct 2010   #5
youllbelost

Dual Booting Windows 7 64-Bit Ultimate Edition and Fedora 16.
 
 

Acronis Migrate Easy a cool software for your purpose.

Or there is Norton Ghost

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05 Oct 2010   #6
gregrocker

 

I would just drag data over via Explorer in chunks.

Once you verify (by size) that everything is copied, wipe the 500gb HD before clean reinstalling or applying a Win7 backup image to it: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

You can save a backup image to the new data drive, then unplug the 80gb, boot the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair cd, choose "Recover Using an Image" to apply the stored image to the 500gb.

If this doesn't work correctly, Macrium Reflect and Paragon Backup 10 free editions offer more options for imaging, while both WD and Seagate offer free versions of Acronis to either clone or reimage the OS:
Macrium Reflect Free - Reviews and free Macrium Reflect Free downloads at Download.com
Paragon Backup & Recovery 2010 Free Advanced - Free Download
WD Support
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05 Oct 2010   #7
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I would just drag data over via Explorer in chunks.

Once you verify (by size) that everything is copied, wipe the 500gb HD before clean reinstalling or applying a Win7 backup image to it: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Clean Install Windows 7
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

You can save a backup image to the new data drive, then unplug the 80gb, boot the Win7 DVD Repair console or Repair cd, choose "Recover Using an Image" to apply the stored image to the 500gb.

If this doesn't work correctly, Macrium Reflect and Paragon Backup 10 free editions offer more options for imaging, while both WD and Seagate offer free versions of Acronis to either clone or reimage the OS:
Macrium Reflect Free - Reviews and free Macrium Reflect Free downloads at Download.com
Paragon Backup & Recovery 2010 Free Advanced - Free Download
WD Support
| Seagate
I have Paragon... should I just use that to transfer the data via "Backing up"?
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05 Oct 2010   #8
arkhi

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

Honestly, I would do this Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup . I would also use that ability to create a system repair disk if needed. Then I'll boot my PC using that repair disk, and follow System Image Recovery

This way every thing from the whole HDD down from the last sector gets copied. Plus it's faster too as the heads don't need to go back and forth having to copy data to the MFT and the data clusters.
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05 Oct 2010   #9
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnyScience View Post
I have Paragon... should I just use that to transfer the data via "Backing up"?
I like to drag the data over so it maintains the same file structure. But you can test Paragon backup function to see if it will do what you want.

It can reimage Win7 to 500gb, too.
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05 Oct 2010   #10
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Is there anything wrong with doing a "Quick Format"?

I unchecked it and it was just taking wayyy too long because its 2T.

But are there any disadvantages to using quick format? I'm just formatting the entire thing as one big partition...
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