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Replacing an internal hard disk

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#1 NMoeljanto47


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Posted 14 December 2015 - 08:17 AM

if want to replace my hard disk

do i need to reinstall windows

or i just need a local disk c backup?

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#2 Captain_Chicken


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Posted 14 December 2015 - 08:23 AM

Why replace your hdd? Is your current one failing?

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 08:36 AM

If you want a clean fresh installation of Windows alone, then re-installation is the way to go. And as Capt Chicken mentions, if a failing hard drive is the reason, that's another consideration. Transferring the Operating System from a drive that is having problems can result in a problem Windows installation on the new drive.


If you simply want the current setup transferred onto, say, a larger drive, then cloning software (not just a backup, unless it was a full system image) will do that for you. Some manufacturers supply cloning software for their drives, e.g. Seagate, WD and Samsung for their SSDs. There are also both free and to purchase third part utilities from Acronis, Clonezilla, EasUs and others.

Edited by Platypus, 14 December 2015 - 08:37 AM.

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 08:39 AM

If everything is OK on the existing drive clone it onto the replacement.

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