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I'm a bit lost with this whole thing now. I've barely touched a computer with efi or gtp on it (using a bit of old hardware right now) so I wouldn't know the first thing about the differences between windows on mbr and bios vs anything else and it appears to be a lot more complicated than I thought.

I think your best bet is to format the new drive with a gtp partition table, then clone the partitions as they stand on your mbr drive to the new gtp drive and use your windows disk to do a repair install. If that doesn't work, then I can't help you.
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What I really want to know right now is how to create a 260MB EFI System partition. I'm pretty sure the other partitions are sized correctly by the default Windows install. I want to know if the 260MB partition is created by default when an Advanced Format Generation One drive is present, or if it will prompt the user to set the size of the partition, or if I have to size it prior to installing Windows, and then point the installer towards the partition using the command line window during the install.
Edited by joeybuddy96 - 9/14/13 at 1:32pm
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So apparently the drive I have isn't AFG1, it just emulates 512B sectors whether I specify it in the install or not. Rather than try to migrate the files through a utility, I've simply copied the contents of the two drives into a folder on the 3TB drive, along with the contents of three other hard drives and twenty-four discs. This means I copied all of the Windows files as well, and one disc which had a backup of a drive in a compressed format as a Windows backup disc.

What I need to know right now is what strategies should be used in reducing the amount of data present on the drive. The content pasted to the target drive has copies of files (mostly pictures and text documents), but I only need the oldest copy with the correct metadata (mostly the date). I need to make sure that there aren't two different pictures with the same file name. I want to copy program settings (mostly game saves), but since files tend to be named similarly between applications, I can't use CCleaner to remove duplicate save files; it's made more complicated by game mods, since sometimes the older configuration should be saved and the newer file discarded (this is of less importance than the issue of file redundancy). For photos and documents, to get the correct date on when they were taken (and maybe to avoid lossiness in lossy formats), I want to keep only the oldest file. For game saves, newer date probably means it should be kept.

So once I get the game saves I want to keep out of maybe the six times they were backed up on different media, there's still the question of re-installing the program, since registry files aren't copied--installing programs is easy for the most part (unless it's a game, it's a rare occasion if ever a game installs and runs without issue in my experience), but I'm still going to have to manually copy every user file into all of the right folders--with some games, e.g. STALKER and Metro 2033, configuration is kept in as many as three different locations. I've been thinking about installing and dual booting 32-bit XP Pro SP3 for older game and EAX legacy acceleration compatibility--you can read my other thread for more on that.
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