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How to replace HDD safely?

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Okay so I just picked up a new 1TB Samsung F3 for an install drive, and a 2TB Samsung F4 for storage at Microcenter. When I set my sig rig up, I followed the How to: Setup SSD boot drive with secondary Hard disc optimization guide ( http://www.overclock.net/ssd/664738-...secondary.html ) with my OCZ Vertex 2 60GB and a old 300GB sata drive and now I want to replace the 300GB drive w/ the new F3.

Here's how I think it would work but i'd like some verification before I mess something up.

1. Format the new 1TB (obviously)
2. Use Acronis to clone the primary partition on the 300GB drive over onto the 1TB
3. Replace the 300GB with the 1TB so that the 1TB is on the sata port the 300GB was on

will this work? Do I need to change the drive letter after I put the 1TB in the 300GB's place? How can I change the drive letter after the fact since I probably wouldn't be able to boot into windows seeing as my users folder is on the 300GB.


I am not at all wanting to reinstall everything. Please do not suggest this.
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Really need help with this still. I can't get it to work. Acronis won't even clone the drive. When I run the software and tell it to clone the 300gb drive onto the 1tb drive, it then restarts and loads a black and white text only screen. This screen looks like it should be doing something then it goes really fast and says congratulations you have completed the hard drive cloning procedure. But it doesn't work. There's nothing on the 1tb drive and my OS is creating a temp profile for me to log into because the users folder is missing, since the 1TB is in the place of the 300gb after the supposed completed cloning. I tried going into safe mode and just copy pasting the contents of the old drive onto the new one but that didn't work either.

Help please :|.
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Just copy the files from one drive to the other, and then (after you reboot) change the drive letter in Disk Management.
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Originally Posted by error10 View Post
Just copy the files from one drive to the other, and then (after you reboot) change the drive letter in Disk Management.
I did. Doesn't work.

I went into safe mode, copied all the files over, shut down, switched HDD positions so the new HDD is in the old ones place on the motherboard, rebooted into safe mode and changed the drive letters and rebooted again, same problem.
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