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HDD Help with copy/paste

I have a 500gb HDD which is a bit old and slow.

Unfortunately, there is only one available slot in my HP Pc so can is it possible to buy say a 2TB hard drive and copy/paste every single file over so it works straight away?

- Alex
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    If your HDD contains OS, then you'll need to use cloning software to copy data over.
    For example - Minitool Partition Wizard free, Macrium Reflect, Acronis Disk Director or something similar.
    Reply to SkyNetRising
  2. Yes, there's software that you pay for that can do that. it may require reboots and other steps to complete.
    as for standard copy and paste, you wont be able to switch windows, that would require re installation of windows on the new HDD.

    you could still use use the old HDD to contain all your files. and then copy them over when the re installation is complete.
    Reply to freercurse
  3. is this 500GB HDD hosting your windows or just data? if just data then yes you can just copy and paste; however, if it running your system then you can't just copy and paste. you need HDD clone software such as clonezilla (http://clonezilla.org/), macrium (https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree), DriveImage (http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm) to clone the HDD.
    Reply to th3p00r
  4. Yeah it has everything - there's only 1 HDD
    Reply to A1exDaBoss
  5. th3p00r said:
    is this 500GB HDD hosting your windows or just data? if just data then yes you can just copy and paste; however, if it running your system then you can't just copy and paste. you need HDD clone software such as clonezilla (http://clonezilla.org/), macrium (https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree), DriveImage (http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm) to clone the HDD.


    Then you will have to either clone your windows using one of the programs lsited above, or you will have to reinstall windows and copy your new data across. this is assuming that you have windows 10
    Reply to freercurse
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