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Windows 7: Move from 150 GB HD to a new 488 GB HD

10 Dec 2011   #21
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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I have not restored an image in over 5 years and never with Macrium, so I can't say how long the restoration process takes.
Takes between 20 and 30 minutes for C:


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10 Dec 2011   #22
koolkat77

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10 Home 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
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I have not restored an image in over 5 years and never with Macrium, so I can't say how long the restoration process takes.
Takes between 20 and 30 minutes for C:

sure!?
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10 Dec 2011   #23
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

WHS:

What about cloning speeds as opposed to imaging?

What about image restore speeds from an external disc?

I only use internals, so I have no idea how much an external might slow you down.
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10 Dec 2011   #24
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Cloning takes about 15-30 minutes depending on the used partition space.

A reinstall is always best because you get the chance to wipe away all the creeping corruption and start fresh. But to do it right it should spread over several days so you can observe performance between program installs.

You can adapt the steps given here to get a perfect reinstall even though they were written for OEM: Reinstalling Windows 7
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10 Dec 2011   #25
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Your transfer should be quite straight forward.

1) Backup your data partitions (D:, E: ) using any method you choose.
2) Make a Windows Image accepting it's minimum (grayed and ticked partitions).
It will want to image you C: (OS) and your System reserved).
3) Take out your old HDD and simply put in the new larger HDD.
4) Reimage using the system repair CD/DVD.
5) You will have a bootable larger HDD with two empty data partitions and a large chunk of unallocated space at the back of the HDD.
6) Preferably use Partition Wizard to readjust your new HDD partitions to better suit it's size and replace your data.

Note: You can use a HDD straight out of the bag. Windows will replace the MBR and the partition table. It will format and partition the new HDD according to this partition table ie. you don't need to do anything but cleanup after.
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10 Dec 2011   #26
koolkat77

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10 Home 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Cloning takes about 15-30 minutes depending on the used partition space.

A reinstall is always best because you get the chance to wipe away all the creeping corruption and start fresh. But to do it right it should spread over several days so you can observe performance between program installs.

You can adapt the steps given here to get a perfect reinstall even though they were written for OEM: Reinstalling Windows 7
thanks Greg for the link it hasn't been long i reinstalled.but if i remain confused and scared i guess i will just go for a fresh install of the OS .
at the moment i am getting nothing but confused. cause i am not sure if it takes 12 hours to image? or 30 minutes to image? sorry, but i am a 19 yr old girl so its a bit hard to catch up with each of your points . i will keep a back up of my personal stuff in the external hard disk so is it necessary for me to image those drives too? or if i just do the C: shall be enough?
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10 Dec 2011   #27
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Follow my simple directions - it will work. The system reserved partition can be anywhere.
Just try it! It's so simple and you have nothing to lose.

PS: I've actually transferred to out of the bag HDDs a number of times doing just this.
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10 Dec 2011   #28
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

The 12 hours reference was to copy 350 GB of data from one external drive to another. That is much more data than you will be moving around.

The occupied space on your C drive is less than 1/10 of that.

I think MJF's method is using the built-in Windows imaging. It works OK once you understand it.
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10 Dec 2011   #29
koolkat77

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10 Home 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Follow my simple directions - it will work. The system reserved partition can be anywhere.
Just try it! It's so simple and you have nothing to lose.
Hi MJF thanks for the post,
it'll take me a while before i start
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10 Dec 2011   #30
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
WHS:

What about cloning speeds as opposed to imaging?

What about image restore speeds from an external disc?

I only use internals, so I have no idea how much an external might slow you down.
1. I never use cloning - always image

2. The times I quoted are from an external drive, but there is not a very big difference to an internal drive
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