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Is it possible to transfer Windows 7 to a new hard drive?


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#1 worskies

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 07:29 PM

I recently discovered that my hard drive is damaged and I need to buy and install a new one. With that said, it would be convenient to move all my files to an external hard drive and transfer them over to the new internal hard drive. If I transfer all the contents of my current hard drive to the new one, would Windows 7 be included? If not, how would I go about getting Windows 7 without re-buying it?

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 07:53 PM

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_install/move-windows-7-to-new-hard-drive/23340c37-3e5b-4e60-9dc0-e1ebf330337f

That should get you going.

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 09:53 PM

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_install/move-windows-7-to-new-hard-drive/23340c37-3e5b-4e60-9dc0-e1ebf330337f

That should get you going.

I'm backing up all my files at the moment. I also did the system imaging thing the guide described, but I have one question. When I start my computer with the new hard drive and I begin to install Windows with the copy in my external hard drive, how will that copy get onto my new drive? I'm sure I'm missing something, but I don't get how the OS is moving from the external drive to the internal one.

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 10:01 PM

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/windows_7_feature_focus_%E2%80%93_backup_and_restore?page=0,2

About half-way down the article "Restoring a Backup Image" is what you are looking for.

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 10:10 PM

Just so I understand correctly, the image gets moved to the hard drive at the "Format and Repartition Disks" stage, right?

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 10:16 PM

AFAIK, yes.

If it looks like I know what I'm doing, there's a pretty good chance the only reason for that is because
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