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Windows 7: Copying the OS hard drive to a new hard drive

04 Apr 2011   #11
Dave76

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Yes I know it a version of Acronis - just wondering if they have updated DiscWiz - it used to be based on ATI 11.

Pretty old now.

Not sure if it is the version currently available on the Seagate site, but just found DiscWizard v13 build 14.355, from a Seagate link, different interface then the last version I had.

Didn't want to D/L it again to check, my internet speed is horrible.

Copying the OS hard drive to a new hard drive-discwizard-seagate-version-number-3apr11.png




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04 Apr 2011   #12
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

That interface looks to be the same as the WD version. I guess Seagate updated theirs.
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04 Apr 2011   #13
SIW2

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Yes , that is a fairly recent update.

Thanks - will have a look at it.
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04 Apr 2011   #14
SIW2

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I don't know how you managed that Dave.

Discwiz from seagate is still version 11.

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/sup...ads/discwizard

I just d/led it again to be sure

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04 Apr 2011   #15
Dave76

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04 Apr 2011   #16
SIW2

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Yes, I had already found that - thanks.

Took about 10 seconds. LOL.

Luckily, you can still get v11 - they don't appear to have updated all the download links.

V11 has a massive advantage - you can download the Bartpe plugin - throw it on your winpe3 boot media. It works really well. Surprisingly small and efficient compared to the installed version.

Sadly - they seem to have removed it from the newer version.

That is a huge step backwards.
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04 Apr 2011   #17
kbronski

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Actually, this intrigues me. Is it possible to clone a drive to a usb portable hard drive?
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04 Apr 2011   #18
SIW2

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You could probably clone it.

Getting windows to boot from usb connected drive is a different matter.
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04 Apr 2011   #19
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbronski View Post
Actually, this intrigues me. Is it possible to clone a drive to a usb portable hard drive?
Yes, though I haven't tried bootng to it over USB
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04 Apr 2011   #20
jebuchanan

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

Your all talking 'cloning' here. I did this from a WD drive to a Seagate drive without cloning.
Obviously the simple solution is to use a system backup (created with Windows Backup). I have a dedicated internal drive just for doing system backups.
Run the backup and do a complete (system) backup of your C: drive.
Remove the old drive and install the new drive.
Upon first boot, go into BIOS and ensure the new drive is the first drive (i.e. Drive 0) and set your Boot order (i.e. CD/USB/HDD0). Save this and reboot from your Windows install disk.
Select Repair as your option and restore the backup to the new drive with System Restore.
Reboot from the new HDD.
What could be simpler and effective solution?
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