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Migrate windows to a new drive without a full reinstall?

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January 19, 2012 7:24:21 PM

most hard drive manufactures have cloneing software to move everything to a new drive... that said it is best if you are moving to a SSD to do a fresh install to get trim to work.
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January 19, 2012 11:17:14 PM

Would that boot at all? Usually drive cloning fails when it comes to the OS, a repair install is required at that point.
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January 19, 2012 11:32:41 PM

Acronis will solve this issue and its like $20 you can back up the whole drive and restore it to the new one. I have done this many times it works perfect.
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January 19, 2012 11:41:36 PM

Acronis is fantastic, have done this many times, my win7 install has been through 2 PCs (AMD to Intel) and from HDD to SSD to New SSD with no reinstall all working perfectly, at most if u run win7 is do a startup repair so it can change the drive identifier string in the bootmgr to get it to boot
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January 19, 2012 11:49:36 PM

Drive cloning usually works unless you change other stuff. Changing BIOS settings or CPUs can necessitate a repair install.
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January 20, 2012 12:03:45 AM

Acronis, does cloning as well, it can be a pain though if the hardware you are cloning from is dead or you do have an extra port to plug the new drive in. In either case Acronis does them both.
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January 20, 2012 3:34:21 PM

Best answer selected by Klippenwald.
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January 20, 2012 3:35:03 PM

I already have Acronis for my backup software. I'll use it for the clone/transfer.

Thank you for your help!!
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January 20, 2012 3:53:38 PM

you are welcome
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January 20, 2012 4:22:09 PM

This topic has been closed by Nikorr.
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