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: Moving 7 64-bit Pro to faster drive

12 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit Service Pack 1
Moving 7 64-bit Pro to faster drive

I recently purchased a 7200 rpm WD SATA drive and would like to migrate my Win 7 drive from a slower 5200 rpm Seagate SATA.

Can I do this without reinstalling Windows? If I can migrate from one to the other, will there be any problems with validation?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jun 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Yes you can if everything is the same except the HD.

If you register your WD drive at the official site, you can pick up a free copy of Acronis.

(Its a stripped version for WD meant for cloning your old drive to the new one)

Install it, and clone the drive to the new one.

There should be no issue with Activation or validation. It will be a mirror copy.
Worst case, it instals driver for the new HD and makes you reboot the 1st time you start Windows again.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Moving 7 64-bit Pro to faster drive

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Will a new DVD drive be faster than my old one?
I need to copy many dozens of data discs (DVD-R) onto an external hard drive and want to know if a new DVD writer will be faster than my existing one. So the main need here is for fast *reading* rather than writing. I can't find the drive speed anywhere. 2011 Thinkpad T520 CTO which means I...
Hardware & Devices
Can I copy my old Win 7 pro hdd to a new faster and larger drive?
I'm new to backing up or copying in windows 7 pro. I'm having some issues with my current Hdd and i really don't want to go through the reinstallation and find all the programs and such. I currently only have a 60 gig hdd for my c drive. I'm looking to expand and get like a 500gig drive. ...
Backup and Restore
C: Drive swop drive for larger faster one?
I own a legal Windows 7 Pro 64bit OS. I mistakenly loaded this onto a new 500GB 5400rpm drive thinking that it would be much quieter as I have another four 7500rpm SATA drives running with two of them in RAID 1 for photograph and documents. Of course now i find that the 5400rpm speed is much too...
Installation & Setup
Moving Page File to another partition - Safer? Faster?
Is it a good idea to create a 10GB partition and use it solely to place page file? And then disable pagefile and use Eraser to securely free wipe the partition? Would this get rid of the contents inside pagefile for good? And does the speed and performance be affected if pagefile is in another...
Performance & Maintenance
Which to put -> programs or files on faster drive?
Hey all, I just purchased a new VelociRaptor 300GB 10,000 RPM hard drive in addition to my WD Caviar Blue 750GB 7200 RPM drive. Should I use the faster for programs? Or file storage? I am an animation student and am looking for faster performance. Let me know your thoughts. Thanks. Bryant
Hardware & Devices

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 15:14.
Twitter Facebook Google+