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WD web site has a lite ver of Acronis you can download. Use it to clone you old drive to the new one. After restart, enter boot manager and put your new drive as primary and reboot.

http://support.wdc.com/product/downl...19&wdc_lang=en
Edited by headmixer - 4/8/11 at 8:32pm
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Originally Posted by headmixer View Post
WD web site has a lite ver of Acronis you can download. Use it to clone you old drive to the new one. After restart, enter boot manager and put your new drive as primary and reboot.

http://support.wdc.com/product/downl...19&wdc_lang=en
will this work with non WD HDD's?
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I used Acronis True Image WD Edition (Free if you have a WD hard drive)


I cloned my laptop Seagate 5400.6 320 gig HD to a New WD BEVT 500 gig in about a hour.

I just popped both drives in my desktop (didn't even format the 500 gig or create a partition, Acronis did it all for me), cloned the 320 to the 500, popped the WD 500 gig in the laptop and booted with my old settings, files.


Just get a free CLONE software, if you have a WD lying around get Acronis True Image WD Edition for free
http://support.wdc.com/product/downl...l.asp?swid=119
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Well I don't have any WD drives laying around haha...
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No need to reinstall Windows.

Seagate has a free clone tool (also an Acronis product). Just download and install it. Put the new drive in the computer, boot it up and follow the directions to clone the drive info. Once done, turn back off, remove old drive (or change setting in BIOS to boot off the new drive first) and use the new drive.
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Don't both messing with the partitions in Windows... just do this:

1) Insert Windows Disk
2) Let the system boot into Windows Setup using the disk
3) Choose a new installation, not to repair an existing one.
4) When it comes time to choose where to install Windows it will list all drives and corresponding partitions. If there are already partitions on the HDD you want to use then delete them, format the drive if needed, and then select that "unallocated" space for the new windows installation
5) Viola!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by blupupher View Post
No need to reinstall Windows.

Seagate has a clone tool. Just download and install it. Clone the drive info and use the new drive.
I never knew of such a tool... thanks for the info
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I can recommend Acronis software also. Not free, but its excellent
    
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