How do I swap out my C drive?

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  1. rustyw

    rustyw Senior Member

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    Hello,

    I guess I need a way to copy my current C drive to a new drive so that the new drive can replace the C drive. Or perhaps there’s some alternate way to replace the C drive with a newer and larger drive. I’m running Windows 7 Home Premium.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks,
    Rusty
     
  2. fjgold

    fjgold New Member

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    Welcome Rusty,
    You can clone your Win 7 install and restore the clone to the new drive.
    A good free tool for this is Clonezilla Live.
    Clonezilla Live runs off a CD or USB flash drive.
    You boot to it to use.
    Clonezilla - About

    Download the .iso from this page
    Clonezilla - Downloads

    The i486 one is multipurpose.

    and burn to a CD or install on a USB flash drive using the directions on the home page.

    I've used this method to migrate my Win 7 install to a larger drive and documented it on another forum
    Adventures with Clonezilla and PM 8 - Scot's Newsletter Forums

    I've also created a guide to using Clonezilla and posted on the same forum
    A guide to using Clonezilla - Scot's Newsletter Forums

    This info should help get you started.
    Remember to backup any important data.

    Adapt this info to your own situation.
    I can help fill in the blanks if I knew more about your situation like drive info, computer info and whether we are talking multiple partitions etc.
     
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  3. rustyw

    rustyw Senior Member

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    Thanks!!! It's a new WD 220 Gig Sata drive (do I install the drive first??) that will replace the current C dirve which is old and I think a 120 Gig drive. It has a fresh install of Windows 07 64bit PHE.

    OK, time to read, read, read...

    Rusty

    Edit I'll check back...
     
  4. fjgold

    fjgold New Member

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    Once you have an image made you can swap out the drives and restore it to the new drive.
     

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