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Correct way to migrate Win7 to a new drive?

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September 14, 2011 2:20:43 AM

Replacing my hard drive with a new larger drive. Currentlly running Windows 7 Pro-64bit and the older drive has several partitions. Do I have the following steps correct?

1) Create a system repair disc
2) Create a system image of the "reserve" and "C:\" partitions on an external/network drive
3) Install the new hard drive
4) Use the system repair disc to restore the image onto the new drive
5) Connect the older drive as secondary
6) Transfer other files to the new primary drive as needed/wanted

The older drive may end up in a different build for the family.
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September 14, 2011 3:08:36 AM

I would image each Os/ Partition and load them individually, If the OS does not have the function to create a partition through installation because its an application and not a OS... then create all your partitions again once you have windows installed and configured.. I did this and it worked well.. I used partition magic to partition my drive, and used Roxio to image them all..

Good luck!
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September 14, 2011 5:12:48 PM

Get a cloning program, conezilla shold work and it's free. Image the whole drive, you can then restore the whole thing onto the new drive with all the partitions intact.
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September 15, 2011 11:37:44 AM

hang-the-9 said:
Get a cloning program, conezilla shold work and it's free. Image the whole drive, you can then restore the whole thing onto the new drive with all the partitions intact.

Will it clone the "System Reserved" partition too?
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September 15, 2011 11:45:38 AM

Yes it will...
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September 15, 2011 11:45:41 AM

ChromeTusk said:
Will it clone the "System Reserved" partition too?


Yes, if you tell it to clone the whole drive and not just a single partition.
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September 15, 2011 6:51:52 PM

Thanks for the replies. I will try it soon and give an update.
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