How to make new internal HDD my primary HDD

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December 17, 2010 at 03:38:19
Specs: Windows 7 x64, 3.166 GHz / 4094 MB
*I am fairly decent with computers

So i bought a new internal hardrive, now my question is what is the easiest method to make it my primary boot drive.

Should i transfer what ever i can off it onto an external, wipe the drive, and then format with my windows 7?

What if i immediately hook it up, format + install windows 7, will it just pretend there is a dual boot for windows 7?

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December 17, 2010 at 04:27:35
Is the new hard drive the same type as the existing hard drive? I mean SATA or IDE/ATA? If it is then the easiest method is to use a transfer utility. Most drive manufacturers have them available for download for free.

It is possible to install Windows 7 directly to the new drive but all the programs you installed will need to be re-installed on the new drive. Personal data can remain on the original drive.

Do you have problems with the Windows installation on the existing drive? Or are you just looking to have more space? YOu may not be aware that you can have multiple drive installed. Only one needs to have Windows or whatever OS you are using installed.

Post back with response.

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December 17, 2010 at 10:50:57
Yes, both are SATA hard drives.

My current drive i'm using is an old 300gb, and i want to replace it with my new 1TB internal.

If i use something like a transfer utility, will it update the registry and everything also? Or does it not need to because the new drive will be the C:/ drive instead?

In a lot of ways though i kinda do want to start fresh, and add programs back, just trying to find out my options at the moment

Thank you

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December 17, 2010 at 11:25:07
A transfer utility should transfer everything. That said, if you want to start fresh then just connect the new drive and boot to your Windows disk. You MAY need to have some hardware drivers available so I would recommend you download them ahead of time.

If you don't know what hardware you have then download and use SIW to find out. Get SIW at the link below. Best to burn the drivers to disk or copy to flash drive.

I would recommend you create multiple partitions on the 1TB drive. Look at the link below for info on partitioning.

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December 17, 2010 at 17:25:43
Do you know of a good transfer utility, such as

Question, does it basically make a replica of my current hard drive, then i load it onto that hard drive, and then it works? Do i simply hookup the drive, don't format it, then load it up? Do i need to format, install windows 7, then run the transfer utility? I'm sort of confused on the order in which to do things in regards to a transfer utility.

Thanks for help

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December 17, 2010 at 20:54:12
Acronis may be able to perform that task but it is primarily used to backup/ image partitions/ drives.

All you need is a free utility for the manufacturer of one or both of your hard drives. Get it from their website.

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December 18, 2010 at 05:20:31
oooh this seems to be what you are talking about, its a western digital drive

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December 18, 2010 at 06:00:47
Yes, that is what I meant. Didn't know WD went that route though. Nice!

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