I have a small question to ask and I hope to get some answers.
I've installed Windows 7 Ultimate in a 1 TB WD hard drive for my build a couple years ago. Then, some unfortunate things happened and my rig was laying around for a good two years without startup. Now, I've managed to fix things and want to continue my passion towards OCing but I have a small question regarding Windows 7.
I've got some funding and I'm planning to get a new hard drive, probably a WD Velociraptor or maybe even a SSD. I want to have the OS on this hard drive/SSD.
My question is, is there any way I can 'move' or 'transfer' Windows 7 from my old drive to the new one. I guess a reinstall would be necessary but how about the serial number? Or must I get a fresh copy of Windows 7?
Thank you very much for reading my post. Appreciate it.
Have a nice day,
I forgot to mention that I have a 64-bit version. Thanks again.
The retail copy allows you to install 1 copy of Windows 7 on any computer. If you want to move said copy you just have to uninstall the old one and re-install the new one.
The OEM version is tied to a specific PC. You can re-install windows if you change components (replace broken parts or upgrades to new stuff), but it is still supposed to be the same PC. The reality is that you can outright move it to a new PC but you may have to call Microsoft to have them re-activate the key (you'll see a phone number on your monitor if it won't register)
EDIT: failed reading comprehension. If you don't want to fresh install, you can use the above software or even use clonezilla which is open source and free. You just need to make a CD or USB boot device.