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Windows 7: Hard Drive Upgrade & File Transfers

10 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Premium 64 bit
Hard Drive Upgrade & File Transfers

My old hard drive sounds like it is about to die. So I am wondering, once I install my new HD (format and install windows) will it be possible to hook up my old HD and transfer the files from it to the new HD? I am using W7 and both drives would be SATA.

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10 Jan 2011   #2
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

the simple answer is yes.

you just need to be careful that you will be booting from the new drive.

you can either select disk boot priority in the bios, or make sure the new drive is plugged into the first sata port on your mobo.
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10 Jan 2011   #3


Access denied errors will be because your user accounts hold new and different SID's than your new os. You'll need to add the "Everyone" group with full control to the old hard drive in order to copy the contents over to the new drive.
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10 Jan 2011   #4

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10 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7 Premium 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Backup first.

you can use WET to transfer files.
Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers

Thank you all for the quick responses!

The steps in that tutorial need to be taken "after" I install the new HD? And is there a time limit I have to transfer the files or just any time? I realize that ultimately depends on if the drive does die or not.
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10 Jan 2011   #6
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Daniel0704 View Post
... The steps in that tutorial need to be taken "after" I install the new HD?
No -- the initial steps are taken BEFORE you install the new HD. You need to save off the stuff you want to transfer from the old HDD first -- and save it to an external drive.

Then, after you install the new drive, install WET, plugin the external drive, and reload all the stuff.

And is there a time limit I have to transfer the files or just any time?
I'm not aware of any time limit, but you wouldn't want to wait months to do the transfer.
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