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Windows 7: A few HDD questions

06 Jan 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

ok, when you get the new drive, register it to get the cloning software. you can clone to a larger drive no problem and vice-versa depending upon how large the installation is and how small the new drive actually is.

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06 Jan 2010   #12

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

In that case, I would image not clone.

I am virtually positive that the WD/Acronis app mentioned by the previous poster will work for you----as I recall, the destination drive must be WD, but the source drive can be anything--such as Hitachi.

Imaging usually works, but be prepared for it to fail badly.

I'd make my new partitions as desired on the new drive before attempting any imaging. Since you have only 1 partition on the current drive, you would make an image of the Hitachi, save that image to a partition on the WD, and then restore that image to your chosen OS partition on the WD.

Other free apps that can image:

Macrium Reflect Free

Paragon Backup and Recovery Free
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06 Jan 2010   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
I have both green and black and rarely notice the difference.
I noticed the difference in a 5400 and 7200, and know which I'd prefer to run my OS on.
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06 Jan 2010   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 | Windows XP Pro x86 | Windows Vista Ultimate x86

Thanks for the help everybody. Now all I have to do now is wait for my refund.

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06 Jan 2010   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mpcrsc562 View Post
you can clone to a larger drive no problem...
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
In that case, I would image not clone.
sorry, not trying to confuse terms. i must say that i've never used the acronis app and i have used macrium with one success and one failure. the success was moving to a larger drive in a laptop running windows xp and the failure was trying to move to a larger drive in a desktop running vista.
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06 Jan 2010   #16

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

Macrium has always worked perfectly for me , so has Paragon .

The WD Acronis app. you mention can be downloaded by anybody - no need to register. But you must have at least one WD drive to use it.

Seagate DiskWizard is the same app. - again , anyone can download , but it will only work if you have at least one Seagate/Maxtor drive.

They seem to work ok.

You don't get clone function in the free Macrium and Paragon apps. - you can make an image with them as suggested , and restore it to the drive you wish to use.
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