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How easy is it to swap data from one hard drive to another?

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January 3, 2013 12:42:17 PM

I'm using a OEM edition of Windows 7 Professional and was wondering would I be able to switch data from one hard drive to another without having to jump through a bunch of loop holes.

My 1.35TB is doing alright for now but is a bit short on space, I will be upgrading to this

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3tb-seagate-st3000dm001-...

If there's any additional information you need please ask.
January 3, 2013 12:45:55 PM

If you are moving the OS you may have to contact Microsoft to reactivate. The eula states is only licensed for activation one time. MS does make exceptions for Hardware upgrades and failures
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January 3, 2013 12:47:57 PM

Do you want to move your "users" data from one disk to another? Or is this data some you put in a separate folder on the hard drive?

If you want to move your users data follow these steps:
http://www.tweakhound.com/windows7/tweaking/5.html

If it's data from another folder you created just drag and drop to the new drive.
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January 3, 2013 12:55:26 PM

I see, what if I were to install a hard drive in my system next week and install Windows 8 Pro OEI on it. Then when I want to build a new PC around June would I be able to switch this new Hard drive to a new motherboard? Or would I run into the same problem. I heard that with OEI is bit different to OEM but I'm not sure how.
January 3, 2013 1:08:03 PM


Ed_25 said:
I see, what if I were to install a hard drive in my system next week and install Windows 8 Pro OEI on it. Then when I want to build a new PC around June would I be able to switch this new Hard drive to a new motherboard? Or would I run into the same problem. I heard that with OEI is bit different to OEM but I'm not sure how.


What's OEI?

I suppose you could move the Win8 drive as long as the motherboard is of similar chipset, but it would be nice to get some verification from MS on that.


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