Solved Replace small HHD with a larger one, keeping the OS etc

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February 18, 2013 at 04:28:07
Specs: Windows Vista Business, Intel e5200 dual/2gb
I have a HP PC that I bought with Vista Business pre-installed. I have just upgraded to WIndows 8 and all is working fine.

The one problem remaining now is HDD space. The PC only allows for a single 2.5" HDD and the one currently there is only 160GB in size. Is there any way I can upgrade to a larger one without losing the OS? I know I could theoretically start from scratch on a new HDD, except that I don't have the original Vista media (it was pre-installed) and my WIndows 8 is the upgrade version.

If this can be done, and it's worth doing, can someone advise me how, please? I guess I could leave it all alone and use external storage (USB or network) but I'd be happier with more on board.

Many thanks!


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February 18, 2013 at 08:46:43
If the windows 8 os was activated before the system imager is created, then
NO it does not need to be reactivateed!!! An image is a exact image of what
you were running at the time of it being created.
As for the problem of partitions, I have never run into that problem. If the hard drive is removed and a larger one is installed in its place and has problem, he has not lost anything. If it has a problem with a larger partition, partition the hard drive to 160 gb before doing the image recovery and then go into disc manager after the installation and expand the partition to as large as you want.

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#1
February 18, 2013 at 07:22:43
You maybe able to use Acronis or something similar to take a snapshot of the drive & restore it after you install the new HD. However, there is an advantage to having all your files on an external drive. If the system crashes, your data won't be affected.

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February 18, 2013 at 07:31:39
Windows 8 has the windows 7 Backup utility it is just hidden,
It is in File History in Control panel.
Open File History and at the bottom left you will fine.
Windows 7 File Recovery, click on it and create a system image as well as
a system repair disc. The system image is an image of the hard drive.
Create both on DVD media. once done remove the 160 gb hard drive and install
a new hard drive of your choice.
Boot up with the system repaire disc and chose repair from an image and it will
direct you to place the system image disc in one at a time.

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February 18, 2013 at 07:45:56
Wow - thanks JPW - never knew that was possible.

Will there be any activation issues? Also, and forgive the non technical language, but will there be any problems using all the additional space on the new HDD? I've run into trouble in the past when I try anything involving images and cloning etc - something to do with partitions?

Thanks again.


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#4
February 18, 2013 at 07:48:09
I think you're right, Guapo. Trouble is, the PC is used by a family of 4 and the HDD soon gets cluttered, no matter how hard I try to police it! A larger HDD might allow for more latitude, if you get my drift.

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#5
February 18, 2013 at 08:03:35
You can do a clean install of Win8 using the upgrade. Google will show you the way.

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February 18, 2013 at 08:46:43
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If the windows 8 os was activated before the system imager is created, then
NO it does not need to be reactivateed!!! An image is a exact image of what
you were running at the time of it being created.
As for the problem of partitions, I have never run into that problem. If the hard drive is removed and a larger one is installed in its place and has problem, he has not lost anything. If it has a problem with a larger partition, partition the hard drive to 160 gb before doing the image recovery and then go into disc manager after the installation and expand the partition to as large as you want.

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#7
February 18, 2013 at 11:51:14
If it's used by a family of four, it's no longer a Personal Computer. That's just my opinion. I would try to have one for myself & one for the family.

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