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Okay guys..
I posted this in the hard drive section and ppl there said to just drag and drop.
Well I was about to do that, but I seem to lost my way.
I've messed with RAID 0 and stuff. but this is new to me.
I've partition as well.. but all I want to do is "drag and drop" everything from my 500 gb Seagate HDD to my new Samsung Spinpoint 1tb hard drive.
Is there flaws in this process, or is it a simple thing to do.
Thanks
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Use windows restore?
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Use windows restore?
For.?
This meaning, do I just restore windows on the newly installed hard drive?
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post #4 of 25
You want your same install on a new hard drive?

If you are changing hard drives, I would just go with a fresh install, if you don't want to do that, you need to find a program that can clone a hard drive.

so you will hook up you new drive to the computer, and boot into windows, then use the program to clone your boot drive to the new drive, then boot from the new drive when the computer turns on.
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You want your same install on a new hard drive?

If you are changing hard drives, I would just go with a fresh install, if you don't want to do that, you need to find a program that can clone a hard drive.

so you will hook up you new drive to the computer, and boot into windows, then use the program to clone your boot drive to the new drive, then boot from the new drive when the computer turns on.
Yeah that is what I wanna do.
Suggest any software.. pref. freeware. to clone.?
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post #6 of 25
Backup whatever files you need and reinstall windows.

Probably going to be your best bet. I reinstalled yesterday on my desktop and it took about 20 minutes to install. After that I just re-downloaded my steam games overnight.

Plus a fresh install just feels so.. fresh
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post #7 of 25
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Okay..
I think I might just do that.
Been reading/Google'n and a lot of things can go wrong with it.
If I install the same windows 7 on a different HDD.. will I have issues?
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No there shouldn't be any issues.

I suggest installing windows to your 1tb, then moving the files you want to save to the 500gb and reformating the 500 afterwards.
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post #9 of 25
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Okays...
I am noob dealing with anything that deals with HDD's..
How do I properly back up files.
I just usually transfer music/movies pictures on a spare 300 gb hdd and just drag and drop it in my new hdd, is that okay.?
Or is there another way?
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post #10 of 25
I have no idea of any good software for it. I know partition master by easeus.
http://www.partition-tool.com/
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