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Windows 7: Best way to trasfer Win 7 Pro to new HDD

27 May 2010   #1
trinaz

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1
 
 
Best way to trasfer Win 7 Pro to new HDD

I'm having problems with my current Seagate HDD...getting a number of bad cluster reports and repairs in Win 7 reboot check disk. If I get a new drive...what's the best way to transfer over ? I have one clone drive from when I set up the Win 7 Pro isntall...and a number of Windows generated backups under backup/restore.

If I do have bad cluster problem...and I try to clone this drive to a new drive...will not the bad cluster issues screw up the new drive ?

What are your suggestions....?

Thanks, TR


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27 May 2010   #2
IggyAZ

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trinaz View Post
I'm having problems with my current Seagate HDD...getting a number of bad cluster reports and repairs in Win 7 reboot check disk. If I get a new drive...what's the best way to transfer over ? I have one clone drive from when I set up the Win 7 Pro isntall...and a number of Windows generated backups under backup/restore.

If I do have bad cluster problem...and I try to clone this drive to a new drive...will not the bad cluster issues screw up the new drive ?

What are your suggestions....?

Thanks, TR
If you decided to get a new HD I'd suggest to do a full clean DVD install of Win7.
I would backup your data to a CD or DVD.

1. Install Win7 from DVD
2. Install MS Security Essential and update definitions
3. Install additional software.
4. Restore saved data files.
5. Validated Win7 online.
6. Update Win7 and all the rest.
7. Then add any additional software as well as your backuyp data.

May take a few hours but worth the effort because you will have done a 100% fresh install.

If not you can make an image of the whole HD and do a restore image on the new HD
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27 May 2010   #3
joel406

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/x86 Windows 7 Pro x64/x86 Windows 7 Home Premium x64/x86
 
 

It is possible you may end up with a corupt windows install after attempting to clone a known bad HD to a new one..BUT... it's worth a shot. At the worst you'll have to reinstall but at least you see it coming.

I suggest getting a copy of Acronis and cloneing with it. It is the best I have found and use it all the time.
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27 May 2010   #4
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

AS stated,, do not clone a a drive that is know to give errors.

Start from scratch and just copy the files over that are needed.
I suggest Unstoppable Copier to transfer your files, if you are going connect the failing drive to the system after loading windows on the new drive.

This is the best way in my opinion. With the errors you are getting... Chances are very good that you will have corrupt data/files.
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28 May 2010   #5
gregrocker

 

Run the HD maker's diagnostics/repair full CD scan to see if you can salvage the HD: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

Follow this with another chkdsk /f then run both tests again regularly to see if the repairs hold, as they often do.
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28 May 2010   #6
pacinitaly

windows 7 professional & ultimate 64bit laptops
 
 

use this to clone your drive.
DiscWizard End User License Agreement | Seagate

if it says need to buy full product, just hold alt then T and O

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