How do I go about moving my entire Windows 7 installation from one hard drive to another? Is it possible without reformatting/reinstalling everything?
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- Thread Starter
- 23-12-2010 23:52
- 23-12-2010 23:54
Seriously I don't think you can.
- 24-12-2010 00:00
If you have just one hard drive in your pc, you should be able to do a clone of your disk drive onto another, but you'd need a way to have the new hard drive plugged into the PC. Perhaps a docking station? You've got to use proper hard drive clone software and make sure all the mbr stuff goes over.
It's a lot more difficult than it sounds. Your computer might get pissy at having new hardware as well, which is also annoying.
(I recently added a new larger hard drive to my computer that contain system files, took forever to work out how to get the thing to boot afterwards (had to delete the MBR, then rebuild it (using a partition program you boot using a disc) and then run the windows installation MBR repair disk)
So much effort.