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new hard drive

by 17Byron / January 21, 2013 6:47 PM PST

I have a new SATA hard drive to install, also new windows7 and MS office.

What is the sequence of steps to transfer the data and to install the software?

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Re: new hard drive
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 21, 2013 6:56 PM PST
In reply to: new hard drive

Please tell more about the old drive, the old Windows7, the old MS Office and the data. And about the drivers you need to install.


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new hard drive replacemant
by 17Byron / January 21, 2013 7:15 PM PST
In reply to: Re: new hard drive

My old hard drive is SATA 80GB, I am replacing with SATA 250GB.
My old hard drive has an expired windows7 installed and 2007 MS office.
My new Windows7 is home premium and I have not bought a MS office yet.
I hope this answers your questions.
Thank You

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Re: questions
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 21, 2013 7:29 PM PST

You didn't tell anything about your data, nor about the drivers you need to install. The very first thing to do is to be sure you've all of them either downloaded or on disk.

Copying the data is easy: just leave the old hard disk in and copy the data to the new hard disk once that is fully working.

So the steps now are:
- disconnect old drive
- mount new drive
- boot from Windows 7 disk and install it
- install antivirus if you use that
- install all drivers from the disk or the USB-stick you saved them on or by downloading now (but you might need to install some drivers to get Ethernet working, that's why it makes sense to have them ready)
- do ALL Windows 7 updates
- install MS Office from the disk
- do ALL Office updates
- connect the second hard disk
- copy your data


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new hard drive
by 17Byron / January 22, 2013 7:13 PM PST
In reply to: Re: questions

I did not know about the drivers as I do not beleive I have any.
I think it will be Saturday before I am able to start this project, so I will keep watching for advice.

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Re: drivers
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 22, 2013 7:19 PM PST
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If you go to Device Manager you'll see that all devices have a driver. Some come with Windows, some don't and you need to install them yourself from some other source.

Common things to need the manufacturers drivers (in case they don't come with Windows):
- sound
- video
- network (Ethernet)
- wireless
- USB-ports
- keyboard with special keys or wireless
- non-standard mouse
and of course the manufacturer supplied utilities you need to have.

Best of luck.


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new hard drive
by 17Byron / January 30, 2013 12:22 AM PST
In reply to: Re: drivers

I have made some progress in this adventure, but still require some assisstance to complete.
I belive I have also made some mistakes along the way.
I used Acronis True Image WD software to to format and partition my new hard drive and it appears this worked fine.

On my old HD I had an expired Windows7 Enterprise, to correct this issue I installed new Windows7 Home Premium. Prior to doing this I did perform some back ups of files and pictuers, along with afile titled old hard drive files and a windows backup image.
But what I can not find is my MSO 2007 software file, and the files within MSO

Have I lost thses files forever, or can they be located?


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