Move Windows 7 to a different hard drive

Hey guys,

Okay I had origanaly bought Windows Vista 64bit HP OEM for my computer. Down the road I downloaded the 64bit Windows 7 while I was in University. I only had a WD 120gb drive, and I now have 50mb of empty space :( (Computer is running way slow, and I need to have more sapce) so I bought a Segate 500gb 7200rpm drive... anyways I wanted to know, how can I instal 7 onto my new drive and use my current one as a slave... My main problem is I don't have the disk for Windows 7 b/c it was an upgrade, but I do have the verified serial number. I cannot contact Microsoft b/c they want to charge me 70$ just to talk to one of their support people... (rediculos, almost the cost of another OEM). I guess the way I would like to do this is instal the second hard drive and copy everything over to it, and then boot from that drive and wipe the one I'm using now... possible??

Thanks!

 

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Last updated March 20, 2018 Views 945 Applies to:
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Create an Image Backup of your old drive to an External USB drive, remove the old drive and restore the image to the new drive. All your applications are preserved as well as data files, device drivers, Etc.  Check the user's guide for either Ghost or Acronis as they both have sections on how to move from a smaller to a larger drive.

After you have done this and your computer is working properly with the new drive I'll should you a couple of easy ways to reformat the old drive.

Norton Ghost version 15 - has a 30 day trial available
http://www.symantec.com/norton/ghost
Supports: CDR/RW, DVD+-R/RW, Blu-Ray devices,USB and FireWire® (IEEE 1394) devices,Iomega® Zip® and Jaz® drives
(Trial does not allow you to create a Bootable Restore CD)
http://www.symantec.com/norton/downloads/trialsoftware/register.jsp?pvid=ghost15
User's Guide: ftp://ftp.symantec.com/public/english_us_canada/products/ghost/15/manuals/ngh_15_user_guide.pdf


Acronis True Image 2010 - has a 30 day trial version available,
(Install Acronis and then create a Restore/Rescue Media CD before you start creating an image backup)
http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/
Version Comparison: http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/comparison.html
True Image User's Guide:
http://s4u.download.acronis.com/sl/oxUkMY4NOY5bRODNqa6MTQIoaAskW9VhTuYtu9h2uOM/p/pdf/TrueImage2010_UserGuide.en.pdf

Product Review
http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/product/384118/review/norton_ghost_15.html
Ghost 15 screen shots:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/Symantec-Norton-Ghost.shtml

Product Review Acronis True Image Home 2010:
http://www.whatsabyte.com/P1/ATI_2010_Review.html

Untested Free alternatives:
Reflect Disk Imaging:
http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp

Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Edition:
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-express/download.html

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First of all, you need to burn the digital download Windows 7 to a blank DVD. I am sure it was distributed as a .ISO file that you easily burn with software such as .ISO Recorder or programs that can burn Disk Images:

Burning a Windows 7 ISO File on a DVD
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/977640

After you have burnt the .ISO file, what you can do is shutdown your computer, open the System Unit, remove the current drive and install the new hard disk. Since the Windows 7 disk is an upgrade disk, you will need to use the following instructions to install an Upgrade disk:

http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/clean_install_upgrade_media.asp

After Windows 7 is installed, you can now attach the old drive as a slave disk:

How to Add an Extra Hard Drive

Boot up your computer, then browse my Computer (Start > Computer). You should see your old drive there. Browse the drive and copy over your files. You might need to take ownership of some personal files and folders.

Windows 7Take Ownership & Grant Permissions to Access Files & Folder

 


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