Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Transfering installed system to new hard drive

08 Sep 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Transfering installed system to new hard drive

Here's the deal: I've bought a new 1.5TB hard drive for my PC to replace the 320GB one in there at the moment (turning it into a HTPC). Problem is, it's one of those mini-tower PCs and it only has the one hard drive slot. This means it's re-installation time!

So the question is, what do you lot think would be the best way of setting up Windows 7 on this new drive, hopefully keeping as much as possible of my current setup? As far as I can work out, my options are as follows:
  1. Use the Windows Backup thing to do a complete PC backup, installing Windows on the new hard drive, then restoring the system from the backup.
  2. Use a Linux live CD and use Partimage to create an image of the system partition which I can then put on the new hard drive and hope it boots (obviously once the MBR is sorted, etc).
  3. Just install Windows on the new hard drive and set everything up again from scratch.
The hard drive arrives in 2 days, so what do you reckon?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Sep 2009   #2


It really comes down to preference.. Some people love just imaging hard drives.. Some love the feel of a clean install..

It's really up to you..
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I'll probably just image it in that case... there are a lot of things in Media Center (e.g., TV channel listings) that I don't want to go through and configure channel by channel again

I was really just checking if there was an "accepted" way of doing this kind of thing... thanks anywho :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec

08 Sep 2009   #4


Time on task. Image and restore.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Sep 2009   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Hi CreepinJesus

You could use Windows Easy Transfer.
I have used it on all three builds of win7 works OK.
If you in the Tutorials there is step by step tutorial.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Transfering installed system to new hard drive

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Installed system reserved on wrong hard drive. Can it be moved?
Hi guys. I got a new PC today with an SSD and HDD. I didn't realise that the SSD was plugged in as DISK 1 and I installed windows on this drive. Now I have realised my mistake and swapped the hard drives within the PC, so the SSD is now showing as Disk 0, but the system reserved is still...
Installation & Setup
BSOD -Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers
At start up I am getting the blue screen which says "remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers" I did take out the hard drive and connected it to another computer using a sata to usb cable, but the drive was not recognized so I put the hard drive back. Now when I am...
BSOD Help and Support
Installed a new hard drive but can't get System Image Restored
I just installed a new hard drive after my previous one failed to start up. I have a backup image stored on an external WD Passport. The install went well. I turn on my tower with the Windows 7 recovery disc in, start up System Image Restore and plug in my Passport. The system restore...
Backup and Restore
How do I get my newly installed Hard Drive (1TB) with Win 7 installed
to boot up. Here's my issue I have a HP Desk top w/ a standard 320 GB hard Drive. I bought a new Hard drive (1 TB Western Digital) so that I could move everything to the new one and use the old one as storage. I had trouble even formatting the new drive but eventually got it and successfully...
Backup and Restore
Transfering files from XP hard drive to Windows 7
My motherboard on my laptop that was running XP went out. I bought a new laptop with Windows 7 and want to transfer some files from my old hard drive onto my new machine. From what I've read, it seems that I would have to install Windows Easy Transfer on the old machine before I can transfer the...
General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 19:05.
Twitter Facebook Google+