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Windows 7: New HD

19 May 2011   #1
JorgeO

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
New HD

Hello,

I have 2 HDs in my PC - one is the system drive (C, D) and the other is used for backup.
When I upgrade the system drive the old one becomes the backup.

I make weekly image backups from the C: partition to the backup drive. It just happens the backup drive died, and I purchased a new one.

I would like to use this new drive as the system drive,

Should I just do an image restore (I upgraded from XP to 7 using PC Mover) or would it be better to do an fresh install in the new drive and then move the files from old C: to new C:?

Thanks for your help,


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19 May 2011   #2
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

I would do a Fresh install to be safe since the Image Restore may not work ...

What type of Install Disk do you have? Retail, Upgrade or OEM?

Josh
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19 May 2011   #3
TheReaper

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It's always better to start with a clean slate, so I'd reccommend a clean install. Better safe than sorry.
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19 May 2011   #4
gregrocker

 

Win7 Backup imaging is specifically designed and intended to be able to reimage a replacement HD. System Image Recovery

Be sure to set the target HD as first HD to boot in BIOS setup. Unplug all other HD's during reimaging except image source HD.
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19 May 2011   #5
JorgeO

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

One doubt I have - If I do a fresh install, will I be able to move my programs from one drive to the other or I would have to reinstall them one by one?

Thanks,
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19 May 2011   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello.




No matter what you do, if you do a clean install you will have to reinstall all the programs/apps that you use as they integrate themselves into the Windows registry and are not moveable from one Windows installation to another so be sure to save the program activation keys where applicable.
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20 May 2011   #7
JorgeO

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

To reinstall all the programs/apps would be too cumbersome.

Just suppose I have a laptop and decide to purchase a new one (both with Win 7).
Would I have to reinstall all the programs? In XP or Vista I could migrate the programs without a reinstall!
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20 May 2011   #8
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Yes, one by one.
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20 May 2011   #9
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

You could use Windows Easy Transfer - This only works for some Programs etc

See Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers
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20 May 2011   #10
JorgeO

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Ok, so now we have 2 possibilities for a clean install - the masochist way and Windows Easy transfer (besides PC Mover).

Comments, pls?
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