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April 15, 2014 5:04:03 PM

Hello, I have 2 hard drives in my system. One is 320GB and the other is 1TB. I have just recently basically ran out of room on the 320GB HDD and I don't have anything on the 1TB because it is new. I know I just have to clone the 320GB and Clone it to the 1TB. I want to know of any precautions before I do this because I do not want to have to completely re install windows 7 and 8. And also, to make this clear, I have 2 partitions on my 320gb HDD, " Local Disk(C: )" for win 8 and "Windows 7 (W: )" for win 7. I want to keep these partitions as well as I dual boot. Thank you.
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April 15, 2014 5:14:24 PM

Why not just move some stuff off the 320GB drive?
Music/video/pictures, etc
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April 15, 2014 5:25:20 PM

USAFRet said:
Why not just move some stuff off the 320GB drive?
Music/video/pictures, etc


The bulk of my problem is definitely games, because my Music/Pictures/Documents folders only have 2GB of data all together. Is there a simple way to transfer all games to a new hard drive? I am asking this because for example I have most games located at C: \Program Files (x86)\Steam, and I know if I simply drag and drop the entire steam folder and tried to use the steam shortcut on my desktop, it would not find it correct? I know I could create another shortcut after I have moved the folder but would any other things be corrupt?
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April 15, 2014 5:27:44 PM
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April 15, 2014 5:32:23 PM

First do a complete backup on to an external hard disk.

After that use any cloning program such as Acronis, EaseUS, or Apricorn. I have used Apricorn a few times to clone disks on my laptops and desktops. Apricorn needs Apricorn's "Drivewire" (about $35) and the rest is straight forward.
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