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Alright, I have a conundrum and, I'm unsure of how to proceed and thought I'd seek some advice before I do anything I regret. I recently brought a new Hard Drive for the added storage space, but have decided to use it as my primary drive and switch my old one to the storage drive instead. My reasoning for doing this is the new drive uses SATA 6.0Gb/s instead of SATA 3.0Gb/s like my old drive does. My concern is the motherboard I'm using has SATA 6.0Gb/s ports but they require a driver install from Marvell in order to function and read the drive. My impression was that the driver installation was localized to my current installation of Windows 7, and if I try to reformat the drive simply not show up anymore? In addition I need to move all my saved data from my current drive(which contains both my installation and storage) to the new drive so I can reformat the old one to pure space before proceeding. I've thought maybe I could use a Ubuntu Live CD to accomplish this task but was unsure. An added reason for me moving the data from the old drive, is because it currently has 2 partitions(for storage and windows). By reformatting the old drive I can get rid of the unnecessary partitions in place of a whole storage drive.

tl;dr: New HDD is SATA 6, Old is SATA 3. Want to use new for windows, and old for data. How do?

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No need to Format. You could Create an image of the disk using Acronis True image home (2011 is the best) assuming that you have access to a network accessible PC/flash drive large enough to store an image of all your data. Then re-image your new drive with the disk image, and voila...
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I need to reformat because I want to get rid of the two partitions on the old drive. I don't think imaging will solve that isssue
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Not sure if I fully understand your situation but.
Instead of imaging the whole disk, you can Image a single partition. Say partition 0 is your win partition and 1 is your Storage. Image them separately (make sure to image MBR with your win partition) and image that to your New drive, Then image partition 0 (after formatting your disk) to the old disk.

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No, I don't want any partitions after this is all said and done. My mistake for not making that more clear. Each drive will be formatted to use all space and not broken into more partitions. The issue now is that one of the disks is partitioned(the old one)
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After Disks are imaged. Just re size the partitions to use the full disk. using G-parted Live CD, (or ubuntu live cd).
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