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Windows 7: how to swap boot HDDs

21 Aug 2009   #1
BigBrother

Windows 7 Ultimate, final build
 
 
how to swap boot HDDs

hey everybody, i have an odd 5900 RPM HDD that i need to swap out. i'm going to swap it out mainly because it's better suited for storage/backup rather than being my main HDD for usage/boot-up.

i don't want to reinstall Win7 (7100) and i want to copy everything from HDD "a" to HDD "b". any ideas/suggestions/comments?


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21 Aug 2009   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BigBrother View Post
hey everybody, i have an odd 5900 RPM HDD that i need to swap out. i'm going to swap it out mainly because it's better suited for storage/backup rather than being my main HDD for usage/boot-up.

i don't want to reinstall Win7 (7100) and i want to copy everything from HDD "a" to HDD "b". any ideas/suggestions/comments?
BB

Hi and welcome to seven forums

You can easily make a clone of your HD by using a third party app like Acronis true image

Ken
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21 Aug 2009   #3
AllMac

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 

Norton Ghost can make an image of the whole HDD and transfer it onto another drive.

System Backup Software - Data Migration | Ghost from Symantec
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21 Aug 2009   #4
BigBrother

Windows 7 Ultimate, final build
 
 

i have a passion in hating Norton products (it's ironic that i have a friend with the last name Norton. xD).

it looks like that Acronis costs money. does the free trial work in full ? (cause i got like one or two shots at this. i will do a backup... but there's no guarantees that i can piece it back together)
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21 Aug 2009   #5
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

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21 Aug 2009   #6
patio

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot
 
 

2 other FREE options...
Get the HDD diagnostics for the newer HDD from the manuf. site...most if not all of these have a "Clone Disc" feature.
The other one is Macrium Reflect...the Home User edition is FREE.
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21 Aug 2009   #7
harpua

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

If you use Acronis, I recommend using the clone disk wizard that is found under the Utilities section of the program.
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28 Aug 2009   #8
BigBrother

Windows 7 Ultimate, final build
 
 

got my HDDs wednesday. net went down wednesday. installed Acronis same day (had already downloaded it). used Clone Disk function and in about 1 hour, all my 150GB was transferred into one of the working Black Caviar 640GB WD HDDs. (one HDD had a ding, dead center and could not be recognized in any enclosure or machine)
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