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I recently got a 2TB hard drive to replace my 500GB hard drive. Simple enough. Question though, is it ok to simply copy and paste everything from the current hard drive to the new one? It's not a boot drive (my SSD is the boot drive), so I can't picture anything wrong happening with the registry...
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What do you have on this 500GB drive?
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well watch the temps try HWmonitor for that make sure your drive doesnt get to hot cause being to hot will make for an early dead drive and copy paste will be fine drag and drop should also work fine which ever you would rather do

also to hot would prob be anything over 50c and id watch for any temp over 42 to be careful dont want to lose your drive lol
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That'll work. You may have to redirect some programs to the new drive, though. Might be a bit of pain.
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If it's not an OS drive you should be fine copying everything, just make sure that system and hidden files are included and that when you're done the drive letter is the same.
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That'll work. You may have to redirect some programs to the new drive, though. Might be a bit of pain.
This ^ Why I was asking what you have on your old HDD.
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well watch the temps try HWmonitor for that make sure your drive doesnt get to hot cause being to hot will make for an early dead drive and copy paste will be fine drag and drop should also work fine which ever you would rather do
HDDs don't get too hot from working anymore.


OP, drag and drop should be fine.... image and expand partition is safer. Windows can sometimes do weird things during installation and may expect the old HDD to be there.
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The hard drive is currently being used for programs and the like.
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OP, drag and drop should be fine.... image and expand partition is safer. Windows can sometimes do weird things during installation and may expect the old HDD to be there.
I don't want to keep my current hard drive in this computer after I've replaced it. I have a use for it in another rig I'm working on that could use it.
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thats the reason for satas going bad after 6 months it happens all the time and they dont over heat they just get slightly to hot and it wears them down quickly
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