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Replacing my two HDDs with a single 1tb HDD & cloning the Windows onto the new HDD

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Hey everybody , so I currently have two 250gb wd black sata ii 7200pm HDDs in my pc I am planning to replace them with one single 1tb wd blue sata iii 7200rpm HDD so what will yall prefer clean install of the Windows? or should I clone it onto the new HDD using a cloning software i.e EaseUS & Aomei backupper ? ( I've Windows 10 x64 pro retail) I don't have the DVD of Windows 10 as I upgraded from Windows 8 to 8.1 then to 10 but I was able to find my license key through Magic jelly bean key finder software so I could download Windows 10 setup from Microsoft's site & burn the setup onto a DVD or make an USB installation , which method will better? cloning or clean install? & if I clone my OS I'll need to connect the new HDD > use it as a slave drive > then make partitions in it > then clone the Windows onto one of the partition > then disconnect the old HDDs > then boot the system with only the new HDD & the partition where I cloned the Operating system will automatically be renamed to C drive or will I need to do that manually by going into Disk management?? & how much time will the cloning take?
post #2 of 11
Clean install is always better. Id do a clean install on the 1TB then copying your data across from the other drives.
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If you connect it while the other HDDs are in it won't be "C" drive so you will have to change it manually.
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You would need to do a sector-by-sector clone from your OS drive onto the new one.
After it's done, if the new partition is not the correct size, you could resize it and move over things from your storage disk.

I've migrated my old Win 7 from a HDD to a RAID 0, then onto an SSD successfully, so it's possible. But it often brings a headache for company. smile.gif


What installed software do you have on the storage disk? Some of it may give you grief.
Moreover, you should manually set the drive letters after cloning is done, as well as set the proper boot disk in BIOS. You may have to rebuild the boot afterward. I'd recommend disconnecting both old drives once cloned, so you keep a cold backup in case of fate deciding to be whimsical.
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post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by fragamemnon View Post

You would need to do a sector-by-sector clone from your OS drive onto the new one.
After it's done, if the new partition is not the correct size, you could resize it and move over things from your storage disk.

I've migrated my old Win 7 from a HDD to a RAID 0, then onto an SSD successfully, so it's possible. But it often brings a headache for company. smile.gif


What installed software do you have on the storage disk? Some of it may give you grief.
Moreover, you should manually set the drive letters after cloning is done, as well as set the proper boot disk in BIOS. You may have to rebuild the boot afterward. I'd recommend disconnecting both old drives once cloned, so you keep a cold backup in case of fate deciding to be whimsical.

Not sure what do you mean by sector by sector if you mean to say I'll need to clone the other partitions too then I don't need to as my usb will be enough to back my pics , documents & songs up & I can re download the other softwares so that won't be an issue I just want to clone the Windows so that I don't have go through all that work & by the way I've AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus ( cloning software)
http://prntscr.com/90qzt0 , I should make a rescue repair disk just in case so that I don't run into any problems
post #6 of 11
Hi there.

I personally would prefer to make a fresh OS installation because it will be better. The clean install will basically ensure that no junk, redundant and temp files get cloned to the drive. Another important thing to do before beginning is backing up the data from the HDD somewhere else. Once the installation is completed you ca plug the two Black drives back, re-format them through Disk Management and reuse them in your system.

If you decide to go with cloning after all and since you have a WD drive you can download and use Acronis True Image WD Edition to migrate the HDD content, and there's no need to format the drive before the cloning. Here's a link to the software:

http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=aM7HLA

The process itself is not that complicated, so you can use the steps described in this KB article.

http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=qip4kY

Hope this helps and feel free to ask any questions you may have.

Cheers! smile.gif
post #7 of 11
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So I installed the new 1tb HDD into my computer and made two partitions one 200gb for the Windows & the other one is 300gb to back up my files so anyway when I backed up my stuff & cloned the Windows onto the partition & then un plugged my old HDDs & booted the pc with only the new HDD & set it as the boost priority in the BIOS but my pc failed to boot frown.gif saying '' Recovery at the top , Your PC/Device needs to be repaired Error code 0xc000000e) so I guess I'll need repair disk how do you suggest I do that?
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Originally Posted by 3hunna View Post

So I installed the new 1tb HDD into my computer and made two partitions one 200gb for the Windows & the other one is 300gb to back up my files so anyway when I backed up my stuff & cloned the Windows onto the partition & then un plugged my old HDDs & booted the pc with only the new HDD & set it as the boost priority in the BIOS but my pc failed to boot frown.gif saying '' Recovery at the top , Your PC/Device needs to be repaired Error code 0xc000000e) so I guess I'll need repair disk how do you suggest I do that?

You can look at this discussion about the error you got, and try if the methods suggested will help you out:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/0xc000000e-boot-error/ef08ab00-e130-4301-bc80-79d5b414a81f

Besides that, I won't recommend to make a different partition on the same HDD your backup location. That's because if the disk goes down all the information will disappear, which is the best option will be to make an external drive or some other device your backup location.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by MightyMiroWD View Post

You can look at this discussion about the error you got, and try if the methods suggested will help you out:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/0xc000000e-boot-error/ef08ab00-e130-4301-bc80-79d5b414a81f

Besides that, I won't recommend to make a different partition on the same HDD your backup location. That's because if the disk goes down all the information will disappear, which is the best option will be to make an external drive or some other device your backup location.




Never mind I downloaded the Windows 10 from Media creation tool or what ever & then made an USB install disk & used it to install my Windows onto the new HDD & download & reinstalled my softwares , now if I want to use those drives as partitons how do you suggest that I mean the Windows is installed in one of the old HDD wouldn't that lead to OS confusion or will it just me for a dual boot?
post #10 of 11
As long as the boot order in BIOS is the right one and the system starts from the right drive you should be OK. If you have an extra unit to make a backup you can reformat the drive with the old OS, and then transfer the information back if you want.
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