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I just ordered a 2 TB HDD to replace my 1 TB drive and I realized that i'm not sure what best way of transferring the contents would be. The drive is mainly used for my Steam folder, other games, and a few programs (including MS visual studios).

I assume the stuff can basically be cut and paste as long as I assign the new drive the same letter I was using on the first drive and leave all the folders in the same structure. Is there any point to compressing the files first, should I copy the drive with some partition tool, or just cut and paste? Does anything actually need to be re-installed?


Edit: I assume this should be posted in the Windows sections since it deals more with installation than hardware.
Edited by Accuracy158 - 3/30/12 at 12:44pm
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have alook at robocopy smile.gif
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Hmm okay, I wasn't familiar with this before. The idea of preserving the attributes and time stamps seems nice... I assume I would still need to change the drive letter back to E: (what windows has assigned to the current drive) after copying the files.

Do you think any types of DRM could get in the way? I may be better off backing up the steam collection and re-installing the other programs.
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post #4 of 6
I moved from a 500GB to 1TB about a year ago.

I just used the Windows 7 imaging tool. But it was the OS drive. I would think it would work on any drive though.

It preserved everything.
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post #5 of 6
Clone it. You can use Ghost or numerous free programs like Seagate Disk Wizard (on Hirens Boot Disc), Clonezilla, or PING. These are all free downloadable ISO's that you can burn to disc and boot from.
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oh yes Clonezilla would possibly be a better option smile.gif
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