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Windows 7: Transfer to new drive?

09 Apr 2010   #11
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cclloyd9785 View Post
How am I supposed to transfer all my data from one hard drive to the other (replacing laptop drive, both are SATA 3Gb/s)
Ok... I gather you are currently in posession of both of these hard drives... but (laptop style) you only have one place to install a disk drive...

You need one of these...

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That is an external housing for a laptop drive....

Install your OLD hard disk in the external housing. Put the new one in the laptop.

Create whatever partitions you need... I strongly recommend splitting the drive so that Win7 has about 50gb and the rest is used for data storage.

Install your OS on the laptop *without* the old drive connected.

Now connect the (now external) old drive and copy your data files over to the new one.

In Disk Management delete all partitions on the old drive, format it as one big playspace.

Now copy your data files *not programs* *not os* just data.... movies, music, documents, financials etc.


Now you have a brand new internal drive, with a fresh OS and an external backup drive to keep your data safe from irretrievable loss....


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09 Apr 2010   #12
cclloyd9785

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 

Im not going to reinstall the OS just to get a bigger drive.


So I can clone my drive using Ghost 15, to my Seagate 1.5TB drive, then insert the new drive, install an OS with ghost, then clone it back or what?
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09 Apr 2010   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cclloyd9785 View Post
Im not going to reinstall the OS just to get a bigger drive.


So I can clone my drive using Ghost 15, to my Seagate 1.5TB drive, then insert the new drive, install an OS with ghost, then clone it back or what?
Yes, that's about it. Clone your OS (with Ghost COPY) to your external drive. Then install your new disk, run the Ghost recovery disk and pull the clone into your new disk. I suggest you clone to a predifined folder on your external disk rather than to the disk address. If you give the folder a meaningful name, it will be easier to id when you work off the recovery disk. And make sure you also restore the MBR (you will be prompted for that option).
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09 Apr 2010   #14
cclloyd9785

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Mac OS X 10.6.2 x64
 
 

Ok thank you.
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09 Apr 2010   #15
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cclloyd9785 View Post
Ok thank you.
OK follow the advice of Saltgrass. This is also the method recommended by Microsoft.

Procedure is very simple.
Connect and external USB drive.
Control Panel | Backup and Restore | in left-hand task pane select Create a System Image | follow prompts to backup all "drives" from your present hard disk to the external.

Now what you will have is a VHD file on that external which Win 7 knows how to use.

Now make yourself a System Repair Disk;
Control Panel | Backup and Restore | in left-hand pane, select Create a system repair disc

After you have the system repair disk, then put same into your CD drive.
Power off, boot up
IF you are not set up to boot from CD, then go into you bios (often the F2 kay) and choose to boot from CD first.
After booting from that repair disk, choose System Restore from the menu.
Prompts will ask where the repair image is located.
You'll be ask if you want to restore all drives (which you do).

It takes more effort to explain this procedure than it does to do it.

Once you've got your repair cd and the Win 7-created backup then you can't miss.
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09 Apr 2010   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cclloyd9785 View Post
Ok thank you.
OK follow the advice of Saltgrass. This is also the method recommended by Microsoft.

Procedure is very simple.
Connect and external USB drive.
Control Panel | Backup and Restore | in left-hand task pane select Create a System Image | follow prompts to backup all "drives" from your present hard disk to the external.

Now what you will have is a VHD file on that external which Win 7 knows how to use.

Now make yourself a System Repair Disk;
Control Panel | Backup and Restore | in left-hand pane, select Create a system repair disc

After you have the system repair disk, then put same into your CD drive.
Power off, boot up
IF you are not set up to boot from CD, then go into you bios (often the F2 kay) and choose to boot from CD first.
After booting from that repair disk, choose System Restore from the menu.
Prompts will ask where the repair image is located.
You'll be ask if you want to restore all drives (which you do).

It takes more effort to explain this procedure than it does to do it.

Once you've got your repair cd and the Win 7-created backup then you can't miss.
Karl, why do you want him to jump thru 9 hoops with these complicated windows programs where he has Ghost15 which is a lot simpler.

Update: we are discussing after the fact. That's what the OP just told me: " your idea worked flawlessly".
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09 Apr 2010   #17
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

This is a detailed explanation of a very simple procedure and is the very same procedure recommended by Microsoft.

The procedure works, works, works, works, works, works, works, works,.....
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09 Apr 2010   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
This is a detailed explanation of a very simple procedure and is the very same procedure recommended by Microsoft.

The procedure works, works, works, works, works, works, works, works,.....
Karl, I am sure your procedure is correct. But I have had too much bad luck with MS backup/restore that I will not touch it with a 10 foot pole.
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09 Apr 2010   #19
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Yes, that's about it. Clone your OS (with Ghost COPY) to your external drive. Then install your new disk, run the Ghost recovery disk and pull the clone into your new disk. I suggest you clone to a predifined folder on your external disk rather than to the disk address. If you give the folder a meaningful name, it will be easier to id when you work off the recovery disk. And make sure you also restore the MBR (you will be prompted for that option).
Ummmmm only problem with that is when he puts in the new disk it won't have an operating system on it so he's not going to be able to boot the thing up to clone or declone anything...
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09 Apr 2010   #20
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cclloyd9785 View Post
Im not going to reinstall the OS just to get a bigger drive.
In a computer that only holds one disk drive... I'll bet you 3 manhole covers that's exactly what you end up doing.
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