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How should I transfer my windows install to a new HDD?

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February 7, 2013 8:17:49 PM

I have windows installed to a 320 gb raid 0 partition, made up of 2 160 gb drives. I want to increase my storage and replace these two drives with a single 1 tb hard drive. I also want to keep my installation of windows exactly the same, and transfer all of my programs and data to the new drive without any fuss. I only have two internal hard drive slots, so I can't have the old drives and the new drive attached to the computer at the same time, but I do have a 320 gb usb hard drive which I could probably use to back up the computer. Could I create a system repair disc and stick a system image on the external hdd, then replace the two old hard drives with the new one, boot from the repair disc, and use that to format the new hard drive and restore the system image? Is there an easier way to transfer all the data, and would my way work properly?
Thanks for any advice!

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February 7, 2013 8:42:47 PM

If you don't mind reinstalling windows and the ton of updates, you just need to copy the "USER" folder to the USB drive, then remove the hard drives, disconnect the USB drive, install the new HDD, install Windows, and when updates are complete, then copy the user folder to the new hard drive. All will be there (data/preferences).

I use SynchBack Free http://www.2brightsparks.com/syncback/ to back up my hard drive, and recently the OS Drive died...It took about 4-5 hours to reload everything, but it was just as it was before.

You can also do a drive image - but you will have to resize the partition to utilize the full 1TB of the drive. The drive image will backup and restore the OS, so you won't have to install Windows and all the updates. DriveimageXL works great and is free also: http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm

I personally prefer to reinstall the OS once in a while, just because of all the install/uninstall of stuff, and registry gets a refresh.
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February 8, 2013 5:45:57 AM

ronintexas said:
If you don't mind reinstalling windows and the ton of updates, you just need to copy the "USER" folder to the USB drive, then remove the hard drives, disconnect the USB drive, install the new HDD, install Windows, and when updates are complete, then copy the user folder to the new hard drive. All will be there (data/preferences).

I use SynchBack Free http://www.2brightsparks.com/syncback/ to back up my hard drive, and recently the OS Drive died...It took about 4-5 hours to reload everything, but it was just as it was before.

You can also do a drive image - but you will have to resize the partition to utilize the full 1TB of the drive. The drive image will backup and restore the OS, so you won't have to install Windows and all the updates. DriveimageXL works great and is free also: http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm

I personally prefer to reinstall the OS once in a while, just because of all the install/uninstall of stuff, and registry gets a refresh.


Could I use the windows system image tool to take a drive image?
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a b G Storage
February 8, 2013 12:26:40 PM

I haven't used the Windows System Image Tool, driveimageXML works great....always used that one. It is a free download.
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