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

08 Apr 2011   #31
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Moving OS, Programs etc.... to a new hard drive is straightforward using imaging. There is no need to clone.
I have carried this out twice with Windows inbuilt imaging. Transferring to a brand new drive with no prep work required.
Macrium Reflect (free) will do the job as well.

An advantage of the imaging approach is that if disaster strikes, your last image can become your new disk.


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08 Apr 2011   #32
ripperrita

windows 7 home premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Moving OS, Programs etc.... to a new hard drive is straightforward using imaging. There is no need to clone.
I have carried this out twice with Windows inbuilt imaging. Transferring to a brand new drive with no prep work required.
Macrium Reflect (free) will do the job as well.

An advantage of the imaging approach is that if disaster strikes, your last image can become your new disk.
Another advantage of Acronis True Image, and if I may say so, remember to take a full image of the old drive before you try any hard drive clone procedure. I must admit If I didnt have AC true image, i would probably use macrium, but true image with the plus pack can also clone an image to a pc with different hardware, something free macrium baulks at. For the price true image is great value, and if you look around true image can be very cheap. No I dont work for Acronis, but I would not have a pc without it.
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11 Jun 2011   #33
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 
Ah didn't see this thread

Have done a new Sandy B build (first build) and have a Samsung 103j as the original primary HDD but I find it a bit noisy - the clicking as it boots etc.

So I have installed a 500MB Seagate Blue 6gbs hard drive - originally to back up the Samsung and am just about to install a Seagate 1TB hard drive (6Gbs) to get rid of the Samsung (noise) and perhaps speed the transfer rate up a bit, and keep it for another small build or spare.

Now I'll be bluntly honest I am a total semi savvy computer idiot / moron / and whatever other names people sometimes refer me as and I have been looking at cloning now it all looks rather complicated until I read this thread.


Now forgive my absolute ignorance but wouldn't it also be possible to totally copy the original HDD and paste the contents into the new HDD then remove the Samsung and use the Seagate? Although I do get this gut feeling that this is going to be too easy.

As a matter of pure nincompoop curiosity can I also do the same with just the OS onto the smaller of the twp Seagates.

Look I am an RN by profession so it is like walking through a strange swamp wondering if there are crocs or other nasties in there or not - in case I get it horribly wrong.
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11 Jun 2011   #34
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Seagate has a scaled down version of Acronis. I believe it has a clone function with it. It is called DiscWizard and is free if you have a Seagate HD. I use Western Digital's version, but they should both be similar. It is a easy process and takes less than 10 min. It uses a wizzard that is simple to follow.
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11 Jun 2011   #35
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
wouldn't it also be possible to totally copy the original HDD and paste the contents into the new HDD then remove the Samsung and use the Seagate?
Basically, no using the normal understanding of "Copy".
Cloning is a special form of bit for bit copying (dubbing if you like). You can use this if you like but you need the destination disk to clone to.
Imaging is a more sophisticated/higher layer copy process creating special image files that can be stored on any appropriate external HDD then reimaged to to a final destination HDD if and when needed.
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11 Jun 2011   #36
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 
Ok

Thanks essenbe I'll give that whirl when I get two minutes.


Hey mjf yes mate I regularly system image as I now have the 3.0 external hooked up, and I don't know how it did it but it just does it automatically!

Like I said I am just a computer moron compared to you folks!!
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11 Jun 2011   #37
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

You are not a moron. Most of us learned what we know from our experiences. The more you mess your computer up and have to fix it, the more you learn. I have a lot of experience in messing the computer up. That and reading these forums will teach you a lot.
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12 Jun 2011   #38
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 
Essenbe

Thanks yo for your kind words but I have to be honest and feel quite out of my depth at times. But as you suggest I'll keep trying.
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12 Jun 2011   #39
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

John, Don't worry so much. What is the worse that can happen? You will have to reinstall windows. Besides, if you really mess everything up, we'll be here to help. As I said before; this is how you learn. You've got the best backup crew there is- Seven Forums. That should give you some confidence. You cannot mess up cloning with the Acronis. It takes you through a wizzard. What do you want the source disk to be, what do you want the destination disk to be, it will set up and tell you to reboot. Before windows finishes loading Acronis will start the clone and show you the progress. It will finish in less than 10 minutes and continue booting into windows. Restart and use the boot menu to boot into the new disk. Look around make sure it works got all of your programs and email. Once you are sure it worked properly, reformat the Samsung. It really is simple. After the first time you try it, you will be telling everyone else how easy it is. Like I said, back up everything before you start, and the worse thing that could happen is a clean install of windows. If you have the space, just leave the OS on the samsung for a backup OS. Change the boot order in bios to boot into your new OS disk and you are done.
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