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Windows 7: Upgrading My Hard Drive

23 Mar 2010   #1

64 bit Windows 7 Ultimate (Free from Windows 7 Launch Event)
Upgrading My Hard Drive

Does Windows 7 Ultimate have a utility that will allow me to upgrade my hard drive? I want to copy my installation from the old drive to a new drive and then take the old drive out of the PC? I don't want to have to make an image then reinstall the image to the new drive.

I know that there is software that can do this but if Windows does it I would like to keep to a minimum the amount of software I have installed.

If not what is highly rated software that does this task?

I like to do clean installs regularly but I don't like to have to make new images when I change how I have my system or have to do a lot of software installs after I re-image my drive.

I am going to do a clean install to my internal drive and an identical install to a USB drive that I can run Windows from. The purpose is this, Windows installation evolves with time, new settings, configurations, and software installation. An Image file is fairly static, there is little change that can be made to it, you may be able to delete or copy a file but you cannot change systems configuration, install or uninstall software to the image. With Windows install to a bootable USB drive I can decide to add any settings, configurations, or software installation to it that I like on the internal drive after a trail period.

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23 Mar 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Norton Ghost 15 will do it - it works in Windows7.
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23 Mar 2010   #3

WinXP / Win 7 / Win 8.1 64bit Dual Boot
Upgrade Drive

If you have a western digital you can download a tool (acronis) from their website and make a clone of your old drive. I have experimented with it and it works just like they say it will. The same is available on maxtor or seagate drives but you have to download from their site for their version.
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24 Mar 2010   #4

64 bit Windows 7 Ultimate (Free from Windows 7 Launch Event)
Groove On

After posting I realize that it probably will not work as I have a SSD for a C drive and a HDD to copy too. Windows 7 Recognize SSDs and set up differently that it does on HDDs. Anyway this little SSD I have is just a foot wetter, something to play with until the industry get it's "groove on" and acclimate to sata III or PCIe and OH! eliminate the need for TRIM.
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24 Mar 2010   #5

WinXP / Win 7 / Win 8.1 64bit Dual Boot

Thought by your post you were doing HDD to HDD!
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