Windows 7 Pro - Swap System Hard Drive
Posted on 2013-06-19
I have a perfectly good working system. I want to replace the current hard drive (1TB partitioned into two drives for system and data) with an SSD or Hybrid so that the new drive becomes the system drive and the old drive becomes a physically separate data drive but with the old system partition in place so that I can swap should I need to.
You'd think that all I need to do would be copy an image from the system partition to the new drive, change the slave pins on the back of the two drives, and then boot up. I get conflicting opinions as to the ease with which I can do this. The last thing that I want to do is to have to rebuild the system on the new drive from scratch.
Can someone please advise of a simple, step by step, full proof method to achieve my aims without all the hassle of a completely new install?