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How to transfer OS from current drive to a new one?

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  1. jules_fc

    jules_fc Thread Starter

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    What is the best way to transfer my OS (C) Drive from my current smaller hard drive on to a new, larger model? I want to replace my desktop's current Western Digital hard drive with another model that has more storage space. I have a Gateway GT5228 Media Center Edition PC running a 64-bit version of Windows 7
     
  2. digitalsatori

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    Hi jules,

    There are two ways that come to mind: imaging the computer or installing the OS on the new drive.

    You can use a hard drive imager, such as CloneZilla, to make an image of your entire hard drive and copy it to another drive. It works very similar to Norton/Symantec's GHOST product, but it's open source.

    Alternately, you could always install Windows 7 on the second drive and use the Windows Easy transfer to move your documents and settings. This would require your programs to be reinstalled as well.

    For ease of transfer, I'd suggest CloneZilla. =P
     
  3. jules_fc

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    Thanks, really appreciate the quick response!
     
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    The hard drive maker will have a utility to clone your drive. You can use this OR you can use acronis true image. If you intend to make image backups of your drive, I would recommend using acronis. I have used just about all of the imaging apps; ghost, drive image, macrium, paragon, and acronis. By far acronis is the best of the bunch.

    If this is just a one time thing, I would just use the drive maker's utility.
     
  5. jules_fc

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    I just checked the downloads section on www.wdc.com and the Acronis True Image WD Edition Software is supported by Vista and XP but not Windows 7, would I still be able to use it or should I use another hard drive imager instead?
     
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    Win7 needs ver 2010 to work. The older ones are not supported in win7. You can download the 30day trial from the link provided by replay. If you like the app, newegg often has deals as low as $19 or so for the home ver.
     
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