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Reinstall Win7 to different HD on same computer

by bev2112 / December 4, 2011 10:18 PM PST

Right now I have Windows 7 installed on the largest HD on my computer. I want to install Win7 to the smallest HD and use the larger one for data. What's the best (ie, easiest) way to do this? I have formatted the small drive already. I don't want to format the large one b/c there's a lot of data on there I want to keep. TIA Happy

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Let's try the easy way.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 5, 2011 3:12 AM PST

1. Remove the large HDD since we can't take a chance that you have no backup copy.

2. Set the machine to boot from your 7 DVD or restore media and install Windows 7 then all the updates, drivers and security.

3. Shut down and add the old drive. Use Windows 7 EASY TRANSFER to move your user data and settings over.

CLONEZILLA won't help here as it does not, without a lot of work go from large to small drives. ACRONIS can do that!

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That's the one!
by bev2112 / December 5, 2011 9:14 AM PST

I checked out the Clonezilla website, and that wouldn't work for what I need. Good to know about the software, though!

I can't believe I didn't think of just disconnecting the large HD LOL

Thank you both for replying Happy

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by Willy / December 5, 2011 12:17 AM PST

Look into the use of Clonezilla s/w.

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