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Hey guys, I have a question.

Right now, my boot drive is a 160GB IDE 7200RPM drive.

I have about 20GB left so tomorrow I'm buying a Spinpoint F3 1TB.

If I install it, format it, and then through Windows 7 "Maintenance" create a system image, and select the Spinpoint F3, will I now be able to change the F3 to the first boot drive and have windows 7 and all my music and games intact as well as the OS itself?

Thanks guys,

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If you format Windows then, of course, all of the information will be erased and the Operating System will be returned to factory state, but the Operating system will still be installed.
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If you format Windows then, of course, all of the information will be erased and the Operating System will be returned to factory state, but the Operating system will still be installed.
I'm confused.

By creating a system image, and mounting it on my new F3, shouldn't I be able to select this as my new, primary boot drive (instead of the 160GB?) and still have the OS, Games, and Music intact (as well as drivers and etc)?
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can someone please help? I need an answer before I buy this F3 so I know if I have to do a full re-install or not.
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You could use something like norton ghost to create an image of the 160gbhdd on your new HDD.

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But then I need to buy norton ghost.

I'm almost certain creating an image through win 7 and mounting it to the f3 will work.

I just need confirmation or someone to tell me otherwise
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I don't know of any specific titles, but I know that there are free ghosting/imaging programs that work just as well as Norton Ghost.
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Thanks TC.

I guess I can "try" the windows 7 tool and if it doesn't work I can look for alternatives..

In my mind it will work flawlessly.

Has anyone ever done this through win 7's maintenance?
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