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Gonna transfer all my data onto another HDD, is copy and paste my best bet?

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I use an SSD for my OS+ apps+ desktop directory. My 1TB HDD I use for docs, pics, music, etc will be replaced by a 2TB HDD. I also have a pagefile there.

Will copy and paste do the trick? I ask because I will be pissed if I come home after having it copying for hours to see Windows stopped it for some bs reason.
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No. W7 has a program called Easy Transfer. Here it is.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...-easy-transfer
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No. W7 has a program called Easy Transfer. Here it is.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...-easy-transfer
This.

The reason you can copy and paste documents such as pictures, videos, music, text files, etc is because they aren't written to the registry like software and other programs.
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Clone your disk if you wish to boot from it again (may still require bootloader reinstall).
Use Easy Transfer as other posters have suggested for anything else.
 
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yeah there's no OS on it. I guess I'll use that.
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post #6 of 15
Synctoy is a great program for that.
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I did simply copy and paste files from my old drive to my new one. I had programs installed on it and documents and all that. OS on an SSD. After it was done, installed the drive properly in the case, and my computer ran perfectly fine.
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I did simply copy and paste files from my old drive to my new one. I had programs installed on it and documents and all that. OS on an SSD. After it was done, installed the drive properly in the case, and my computer ran perfectly fine.
It's not recommended, though. You DO get performance loss. You can't just drag programs from one hard drive to another. Programs write to the registry, and without the entries they will not function properly.
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It's not recommended, though. You DO get performance loss. You can't just drag programs from one hard drive to another. Programs write to the registry, and without the entries they will not function properly.
Performance loss because of...? If there are no registry values, it won't work or the program will make new ones. That's a one time deal.

If you're talking about programs that require registry values, then yes, you'll need a tool. Personally, when reformatting it's always nice to start fresh though. Takes about 30min to install all my programs again.
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Well guys, I'm not transferring any programs or software, the HDD I'm copying is literally nothing but media files.
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