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Transfering from one drive to another drive

Posted on 2014-07-20
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I am running windows 7 on my notebook.

Have two questions
1.  is it possible to transfer all the information and windows 7 over to a different drive and put that drive in place of the drive that is in the computer?
The drive I have in there now is small and I need to put a larger one in.

2. If it is how do I go about it?
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Yes this can be done easily.

You can do it with Ultimate Boot CD. It has a couple programs in it that can do it. One is Copy/Wipe.

If you want more user-friendly software.. consider Acronis. http://www.acronis.com/en-us/articles/cloning-software/
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Acronis (as noted above) and Ghost can both do this.

Make sure your current Windows 7 is working perfectly (or near enough). If not, and if you are having problems, cloning will clone the problems. In this latter case, use this as an opportunity to rebuild Windows 7.

Windows 7 mainstream support ends in about 6 months. After that it is just extended support with no feature upgrades.

So then also consider using this as an opportunity to move to Windows 8.1.  I use Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit and it works fine.

So yes you can clone the system. More importantly, there are a couple of opportunities in front of you.
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Except for Home editions, you can also do a full backup to an external drive, swap the hard drives and restore from back up
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Thank you Great
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