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Windows 7: A few HDD questions

06 Jan 2010   #1
Nikolay

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 | Windows XP Pro x86 | Windows Vista Ultimate x86
 
 
A few HDD questions

I'm looking at this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136284

If I put the new HDD into the first slot and move my old HDD to the second slot, will I still boot up to the OS?

Also, I want to clone my old hard drive and transfer the data to my new hard drive. Will everything work the same as it did previously?


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06 Jan 2010   #2
FZ21Z

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

For what you're spending you'd be better getting the WD Caviar Black 7200 RPM
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06 Jan 2010   #3
FZ21Z

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

To have a pop at your question, I don't think it would as I would imagine slot one will be configured to be the master, so if you pop it in slot two it will just show as a storage drive.
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06 Jan 2010   #4
Nikolay

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

So should I put it into slot 2, clone my master drive, transfer that to my new drive and then switch the drives around?

I took your advice on the hard drive, I think I'd like something with more power than a Caviar Green Drive.

Does anyone know when newegg refunds your money after canceling an order? It didn't ship yet and was at the "Charged" stage.
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06 Jan 2010   #5
FZ21Z

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nikolay View Post
So should I put it into slot 2, clone my master drive, transfer that to my new drive and then switch the drives around?
I would imagine you're going to need it in slot one to be able to clone it in the first place as it will have your OS on it, so you'd need to put your new one in slot two first before switching them round.
By clone I assume you mean you want to take an image to save reinstalling everything?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nikolay View Post
I took your advice on the hard drive, I think I'd like something with more power than a Caviar Green Drive.
It is the better option imo, faster is usually better.
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06 Jan 2010   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

SATA drives don't have master/slave relationships.

I never pay much attention to what SATA connector I use and have never run into any issues. Worst case scenario, you would just swap connectors at the motherboard end of the connection.

I wouldn't expect the connector to have any effect on cloning either, as long as the operating system sees the destination drive.

You say clone: do you mean cloning in the strict sense (without an image) or do you mean imaging?

You might be out of luck at New Egg since your card had already been charged for the green drive.

No big deal really--I have both green and black and rarely notice the difference.
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06 Jan 2010   #7
Nikolay

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

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SATA drives don't have master/slave relationships.
My 2006 textbook and it's trickery.

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You say clone: do you mean cloning in the strict sense (without an image) or do you mean imaging?
Well, which one would transfer my data from one drive to another?

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You might be out of luck at New Egg since your card had already been charged for the green drive.
I was able to cancel my order and newegg replied that it would take 3 to 5 business days to refund my money. Does anyone know if they send you another confirmation email stating that they have refunded the money?
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06 Jan 2010   #8
ignatzatsonic

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You can use either cloning or imaging for your purposes to move an OS to another drive.

One might be preferred over the other depending on your situation.

What size is your original hard drive and what size is each partition on it?

What size is the new drive and what size do you want to make each partition on it?

Newegg is generally very good with email, so I would guess you will be kept up to date.
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06 Jan 2010   #9
mpcrsc562

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

if [already] you have a western digital drive, go to the western digital website and register the drive regardless if it out of warranty. you will have access to a western digital version of acronis true image which will copy (clone) your hard drive to put on the new drive.
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06 Jan 2010   #10
Nikolay

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

This hard drive is 160 GB, only one partition. The new drive is 1 TB. Maybe a few 200 GB partitions for dual booting.

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if [already] you have a western digital drive, go to the western digital website and register the drive regardless if it out of warranty. you will have access to a western digital version of acronis true image which will copy (clone) your hard drive to put on the new drive.
The drive I have now is hitachi but thanks for the tip.
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