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How may I clone a bootable mbr hard drive to a bootable gpt hard drive?

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I have a Windows 7 Pro 64-bit system with tons of software. I would like to upgrade to a new computer that supports UEFI with a 3TB SATA Drive.

I was able to move the entire contents of my 750GB MBR boot disk to the 3TB drive, but only by using MBR of the 3TB drive. This unfortunately, leaves anything over 2.2TB unusable.

So, is there a way to transfer the OS and drive contents to a bootable GPT hard drive?

Alternately, is there a way to make the unusable part of the 3TB drive usable by some other means?

The caveat here is re-installing the OS and applications is not an option.
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by:dlethe
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Use some decent backup software that can perform the migration with UEFI like Acronis True Image 2013.
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by:jprlopes
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Use Macrium Reflect, its a great software and its FREE...:)
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by:adande3
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Thanks experts - I'll check the free software first and report the results.
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by:jprlopes
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Check this article, i think will help you:

http://kb.macrium.com/KnowledgebaseArticle50151.aspx
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by:Fred Marshall
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Also Paragon
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by:adande3
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fmarshall:
Paragon has nothing to accomplish this with. I spent 30 minutes today discussing this with them. Their final recommendation was to re-install the OS.
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by:adande3
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jprlopes:
Thanks for the link. I noticed there is a line in there that says, "You may have to edit the UEFI configuration to tell it to boot into the new GPT hard disk."

How would one edit the UEFI configuration if it turns out to be necessary? Is this referring to choosing a UEFI boot device in the Bios or actually editing a system file?
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by:jprlopes
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I think they referring to BIOS.
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I set up a 1TB GPT drive and installed Win 7 Pro 64-bit on it. I then used Paragon to copy the old Windows 7 partition in place of the new Windows partition. At this point, the GPT drive booted into the old Windows 7 OS just fine.

I then converted the 3TB drive to GPT and cloned the 1TB drive to the 3TB drive. I was then able to adjust the partitions on the 3TB drive to use all the space available.

Thanks to the experts for making your suggestions!
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by:dlethe
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Thank you for the follow-up.    You might take the initiative to contact paragon and tell them what you learned, perhaps somebody in management.   Tell them you don't appreciate being told to reload the O/S by an undertrained engineer.

But make this a positive experience. Maybe you could negotiate writing up the procedure in exchange for another license, or just because it is the right thing to do in order to help out other people

Then it will be a win-win for everybody.
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by:noxcho
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Actually Paragon has a free tool for this: http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components/migrate-to-uefi-old/
Also, the boot CD of their product has an option called Boot Corrector where one can find a GPT FixUp tool. Also designed for the cases where migration to GPT drive is used.
I think you were in contact with 1st line support or sales guy who had not enough experience.
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