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Transferring Windows and Data from 120GB SSD to 250GB SSD

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May 22, 2014 1:07:10 PM

Hello,

I'm going to be getting a new PC soon and upgrading to it from my old one. The old PC has 120GB SSD with windows and some programs on it and a 2TB HDD with all my data, as well as some programs and games installed.

The new PC will have a 250GB SSD, I'll be putting the old 2TB HDD in it and a new 3TB HDD as well.

How should I go about transferring my Windows (7 Ultimate x64) from the old SSD onto the new one without having to reinstall everything? What complications can I expect? I assume that I'll need to have the 2TB HDD under same drive letter as in the old PC for the paths to work correctly.

I suppose I can't simply copy everything from the SSD onto the new one, since it won't copy over the boot record. Are there any applications I can use or system tools? I read about transferring Windows using System Recovery but I'd like to have a 1:1 copy, without any files or settings lost.

Thank you for any help you can offer.
a b G Storage
May 22, 2014 1:16:33 PM

Since the motherboards will be different, copying Windows from an old HDD will almost certainly fail. It may not boot at all, due to driver differences. Even if it does, it may never be "right." Also, unless it was a Retail copy of Windows, it will not activate on a motherboard other than the one on which it was first installed.
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a c 99 G Storage
May 22, 2014 1:23:09 PM

clone it nevermind, didn't read the whole thing.:p 
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May 23, 2014 1:16:48 PM

Onus said:
Since the motherboards will be different, copying Windows from an old HDD will almost certainly fail. It may not boot at all, due to driver differences. Even if it does, it may never be "right." Also, unless it was a Retail copy of Windows, it will not activate on a motherboard other than the one on which it was first installed.


So my best bet is to just backup my data, do a clean install of Windows and then reinstall everything and restoring the backups?
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a b G Storage
May 23, 2014 1:19:33 PM

Yes, it is. Tedious, I know, but will give the best results. I've gotten Windows to work reasonably well after a move if the motherboards had the exact same chipset (it was Retail, so it activated), but otherwise not at all.
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May 24, 2014 4:58:10 AM

Onus said:
Yes, it is. Tedious, I know, but will give the best results. I've gotten Windows to work reasonably well after a move if the motherboards had the exact same chipset (it was Retail, so it activated), but otherwise not at all.


Alright, thanks a lot. I learned something new today!

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