Can I move 7 to a new drive?

Microsoft Windows 7 professional - upgra...
February 12, 2011 at 15:14:28
Specs: Windows XP Professional SP3, 4GB
Does anyone know if it's possible to move Win 7 to a new drive and leave the programs and files on the original drive. I've got a 64GB Solid State Drive (bought it on a deep discount some time ago) that I would like to make my OS drive C:\. I am currently running XP so can't do a direct upgrade without using PCMover Upgrade Assitant software. So, unless I want to do a clean install (problematic as I don't have all the original program disks--it's a long story), I have to upgrade the XP to 7 on the disk drive that it's currently on.

Long story shorter, I want to end up with 7 on the SSD and everything else on the "old" hard drive. Is this possible? BTW, I have already posted a similar question on another forum, but not in these words.

Thanks in advance.

Duane


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#1
February 12, 2011 at 15:26:12
There are many ways to move an install. One is to backup and restore using MS suggested means. Another is to create an image from some software. Many free and for pay exist.

Just be sure you know how to create or obtain recovery media and test it if possible before you start.

It may be that the ssd company offers a program that runs stand alone.

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#2
February 12, 2011 at 20:12:38
Evaluate each program you have as to each of these criteria:
1- Do you still use it regularly?
2- Will it run under Windows 7?
3- Can you do without it?
4- Can you get a replacement free or inexpensively?
5- Is it's equivalent already part of Windows 7 (many utilities are now)?
For example, instead of MS Office, would you be happy with OpenOffice.org? It is free, it is a complete office suite, compatible with MS Office files, and you can even try it now on XP.
Once you evaluate your needs, you may find that you are not really missing very much doing a clean install, and many you are missing may not work after the transfer anyway.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
April 12, 2011 at 03:42:36
i would just make an image of my C: drive with win7 image, from the backup and restore center, drop in the new drive and run the recovery/repair cd, choose reimage and bingo your new drive has exactly the same OS.proggies and files as your old drive does, it should about 1.5 hours to do the whole thing.

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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