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I have 4 hdd in my sytem now and all work perfect, I would like to replace my main C drive with a better and faster drive,
is there software that will let me install the new drive in my system and then clone everything from my main c drive to the new drive
then shut down my system and remove my main c drive and move the new cloned drive to the sata port that my original main c drive was
and then boot up my system with no problems?
I don't really want to re-install windows on a new drive if I don't have to as I have no problems I just want a new and faster drive.
I am going to buy 2 WD VelociRaptor 1 for my main c drive and one for all my games (48 at the moment)
my 4 current drives are Seagate Barracudas, all are 500gb and the WD I want are going to be 500gb also, all my drives are currently running in AHCI mode in the bios.
thanks for any help and advice, also is it worth switching to the WD? I do not want a ssd.
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Macrium Reflect free will do the job.

I'm curious. Why don't you want an SSD? Even a lousy one will run circles around Raptors. Also, why split the system and program files to two different drives?
   
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Macrium Reflect free will do the job.

I'm curious. Why don't you want an SSD? Even a lousy one will run circles around Raptors. Also, why split the system and program files to two different drives?

thank you for the reply, I don't like to fill one drive with lots of programs as I do photo editing and my c drive is windows and lots of photo editing programs photos and office etc, my d drive is games, and the e and f drives are photo backups and other backups.
I researched ssd's and they just are not what I would trust with all my programs, there are so many things you have to change in windows to make a ssd last it's just not for me. I know ssd's are fast and all and I have built systems for others that love their ssd but it's just not for me at this time.
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I still don't understand why you wouldn't trust an SSD. First, it's not a big deal to install an OS on one. A bit different but not difficult. Second, they have been proven to be just as reliable as HDDs, if not more so. I also do photo editing (simple) and having an SSD has been a blessing, not a detriment.

I see no reason to be concerned about having your OS and all your programs and games on the same drive. I have Win 7 and 106 programs (12.5GB worth) on my 128GB SSD and I'm using only slightly more than half the drive. Depending on the number and size of your games (I'm not a gamer), you might want a 250-256GB SSD (you need to have 20-25% empty space on an SSD to ensure full speed and long life).

Whatever drive(s) you wind up with, you can use Macrium Reflect to backup your drives. Having your OS and programs on the same drive vastly simplifies the process, especially when imaging (the preferred method for backing up and restoring the System). Having backups pretty much eliminates any concerns for the security of your OS and programs (I've restored my SSD several times since I installed it back in February). It takes me only 8 or 9 minutes to make an image of my boot drive (which I do weekly and before making any changes to settings or installing programs) and only slightly more to restore it. I've found that imaging is vastly more reliable than System Restore. In fact, I turned it off.
   
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