Solved I'm trying to move my OS from current HDD to new HDD

May 3, 2012 at 10:41:54
Specs: Windows 7
I'm trying to move my OS from current HDD to new HDD. I don't have the original discs and can't figure out how to go about the transfer. My computer is an Acer Aspire 5534. Please help!

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#1
May 3, 2012 at 11:21:40
You would be best served taking your notebook to a shop and have them do the image transfer.

This should be cheaper than you purchasing imagining software and a drive caddy to do the image transfer. The shop should have those already.

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#2
May 3, 2012 at 17:16:50
Might be time to see if you have the ability to create disks.

Hang up and live.


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#3
May 3, 2012 at 19:41:11
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If it was a desktop you would install the new hard drive and use the downloadable software from the hard drive manufacturer of the new drive you purchased (free download) to clone the hard drive. Then you would switch them out and boot to the new one. Once you are sure that it works, assuming that the drive is good, you could install the older one as a second hard drive, wipe it and use it for additional storage.
Being that it is a laptop/notebook, you can purchase an external hard drive case, put the new drive in it and clone the old drive to it that way. Then you would switch the drives and boot to the new one. Once it is a proven drive, you could use the old drive in the external case (reformatted) for a back up (best use) destination or for additional storage if you prefer.

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#4
May 4, 2012 at 05:18:35
@wanderer, I have several imaging softwares and I have a SATA to USB cables.

@jefro, I made system restore discs using Acer's built-in eRecovery Management software. Since I only had one DVD-RW on hand, I mounted blank DVD-RW images using TotalMounter and allowed eRecovery to write to them. I then transferred the 3 images to an external HDD. I burned the 1st image to my physical DVD-RW and tried to boot my blank HDD from it. I keep getting the same error telling me to insert my Windows installation disc. I made a USB image/copy of another Windows 7 installation disc that I bought a while back. I'm going to try to install using that disc, skip the activation, and try to restore again. Any suggestions?


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#5
May 4, 2012 at 05:32:02
Just get an external dock & clone the contents of the existing HDD to the new one.

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#6
May 4, 2012 at 05:59:59
Will that maintain my OEM activation?

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#7
May 4, 2012 at 09:28:26
system doesn't see any change with a image.

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#8
May 4, 2012 at 15:31:35
That is why it is called a clone. The new drive image that is written to the new drive is exactly the same as the original one and Windows cannot tell the difference. As long as you are putting it back into the same computer, your activation is still active and legal.

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#9
May 5, 2012 at 06:24:02
OK, great. One last noob question: I'm using Acronis. Does that copy sector-by-sector, i.e., deleted/once-overwritten files? Or, If I were to delete all of my files so that only the OS was left would it be a perfect image of Win7? I tried to ask Acer but their main purpose is to get you to spend money on more crappy tech support.

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#10
May 5, 2012 at 19:20:13
I am not sure it copies contents of deleted content sectors or only locations that are supposed to have files in them, but I suspect it might. You can download the PDF manual when (where) you download Acronis since I believe it probably tells you this answer. Sector by Sector copy is best for making a drive bootable and everything is exactly where the operating system expects to find it.

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