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Cloning HDD vs Clean Install

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  • Windows 7
Last response: in Windows 7
December 28, 2012 9:03:47 AM

Recently, I found myself short of space on my 1TB HDD on my desktop (damn Steam sales). I then decided I would buy a 2TB drive to replace it. However, I have no idea of how to get everything, including Windows 7 and files, over.

So I ask the question: Do I clone my HDD onto the new one, or should I do a clean install? Also, if I should clone, what software should I use?

All answers are appreciated, thanks.

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December 29, 2012 5:30:11 AM

A clean install would be the best way to go if you already have the means to do that, as it will ensure that there is no junk or redundant files written to drive as there would be if you clone.
Cloning is the best (and sometimes only) option for those who have no factory recovery or Windows discs, or just don't want to go through the hassle of re-installing.

However, if you reckon cloning is what you want to do, there are several apps which can do it but the one I have been using for 5 years is the only one I can recommend:
January 5, 2013 11:06:23 AM

Best answer selected by jD529.