Can I install Windows 10 on a new hard drive without cloning old drive
Posted on 2016-09-12
I bought a desktop computer with Windows 7 and have followed the upgrade to Windows 10 and everything worked smoothly until about one month ago. Suddenly I could not print to my attached printer, a Kodak AIO 5300. I purchased a Kodak Verite thinking it was a driver problem, but I am having the same problem. Six months ago I had received popup that hard drive was possibly corrupted and I should move to new drive so I purchased a new drive but never installed it. I have now installed it in my computer but it is still blank. I would like to move Windows 10 to the new drive to see if I can solve the problem. But if I clone the drive I will just move the problem to the new drive. Is there any way I could load the data to the new drive without a clone?
I am thinking about using the Windows 7 disk that came with the computer and loading it on the new drive and updating it to Windows 10. Then I would copy all the program files and data files to the new drive. Then I would copy the registry from the old drive to the new drive.
I do not know if that approach would work or not. I am hoping to find somebody else with a suggestion. or advice.