I've recently purchased a new 500GB Hitatchi HDD to replace my old 250GB Samsung Spinpoint.
I have windows 7, but only the version that allows for one use, so I want to literally transfer every bit of data including the operating system to the new HDD and then format the old HDD to leave it blank.
No no no, you simply want to clone or mirror the image from your old drive to the new drive. Acronis will do this quickly, and neatly. Just download the program, and run it, following the step by step instructions and in a few minutes you will have an exact working copy of your old drive on your new drive, your PC will be booting to it, and your old drive will simply become drive D. Acronis will change the bootmanger of the drive so the new drive will be the bootable one, and the old drive will just be a secondary drive, but all the information otherwise will still be there on it too. You don't have to reactivate anything, you don't have to reinstall anything, everything will be just as it was, only on the larger drive.
There will be drive cloning software on the web site of the vendor you bought the drive from. You can always simply format the old drive after you clone it, before you remove it from your system. You cannot run the Windows install on another machine, unless you have a version that supports multiple licensing, for 1 thing, its illegal, and for the another, the second version will not activate, and third, you likely won't get it to even boot on the second machine. Please tell us this is not what you are trying to accomplish?
No of course not. I wanted to simply MOVE - not COPY - my operating system from one hard drive to another. So I still only have one copy, but it is in a different place.
The hard drive with Windows 7 will remain in current PC, the old completely empty HDD will be put into a different PC.
I have now accomplished this by intsalling the new HDD, copying all my data to the new HDD (except the OP data), removing the old HDD and running a lean install of Windows 7 from the disk onto the new HDD.