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As long as you follow these instructions, you should be able to do whatever you want with the data that's on there right now while still being able to boot into the new installation of Windows 7 once the old HDD is removed:
  1. Before installing Windows 7, leave only the drive connected that you want to install Windows 7 to. You don't have to disconnect the power to other hard drives, but at least disconnect the data cables.
  2. Install Windows 7
  3. When the installation is complete, shut down and reconnect the other drive(s)
  4. Make sure the boot priority in the BIOS remains to be the way you need it to be (new hard drive is first)
  5. Boot back into the new installation of Windows 7 and do what you need to do with the files/data that's on the old hard drive (it will be treated as a storage drive)
  6. When you're finished, shut down, disconnect the old hard drive, and turn the system back on.


Now, I suspect that you will want to avoid reinstalling as many things as possible, but unfortunately almost everything will have to be reinstalled in order for them to work properly. However, you may be able to lean on OCN to find out what needs to be reinstalled and what doesn't by making a list of everything that's installed right now that you would rather not have to reinstall.

So ultimately, it's actually a very simple process.
No big deal to reinstall everything, figured I would have to anyways. Just mainly documents and pictures.

Another question. Might upgrade everything sometime around October, which would mean a new mobo. As long as I get the full version of Windows 7 and not the OEM one right now, I'll be able to install it again on the new build right?
    
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No big deal to reinstall everything, figured I would have to anyways. Just mainly documents and pictures.

Another question. Might upgrade everything sometime around October, which would mean a new mobo. As long as I get the full version of Windows 7 and not the OEM one right now, I'll be able to install it again on the new build right?
Yeah, it would even be ok if you had the OEM version. Although, I would personally rather have the full version of Home Premium to get the peace of mind and the low cost.

You could even use the Upgrade version without any issues. All you would have to do is use one of the three install methods described on the page linked below (for a truly clean install):

Clean Install Windows 7 with Upgrade Media
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Just to update. The only time it has clicked since the last time I posted was once when I turned on the system and Windows was loading. Still think I need to get another?
    
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harddrives are cheap now you can get pretty much any 1tb harddrive for 50 dollars.
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Better be safe than sorry, As Towelietowel stated, as HDD are really one of the cheapest componets, better to get a newer HDD than risk losing your data.

If you dont think you can afford a new HDD, at least back up your current files onto either an external HDD or a couple DVDs so that if/when the old HDD fails you dont loose your files. Once it dies - it is difficult to get the files back unless you know what you are doing.

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Just to update. The only time it has clicked since the last time I posted was once when I turned on the system and Windows was loading. Still think I need to get another?
That's how it starts; first it's just an infrequent click. After a while, you'll hear it a little more frequently. Before long, it'll be like one click per minute. Soon after that, the hard drive dies and you lose everything. It may die in 1 year, 6 months, or 1 month. I don't have enough experience to really know, but still: it's going to die and there's no way to stop it.

So I recommend replacing it now before you run out of time. Fortunately, you currently have plenty of time to shop around, but try to avoid falling into the trap of thinking that it's fine just because it's still working right now. I mean, it's already too late because it's already begun - but fortunately it's only in the very early stage of its death.
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