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    Moving/upgrading HDD

    It's time to replace my old homebuilt Celeron computer with a homebuilt i5. The old computer's running Win7 SP1 64-bit OEM, which I know it single-installation. Can I put that drive in my new computer and install new Win7 Pro full retail, therein saving all the almost-irreplaceable data on the old drive. From what I read, this should work, but I'm not sure if it will or how to do it. I have also read that it's best if I clone my old drive first for insurance in case I screw something up.

    Suggestions/experiences?

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    You can try it, but you'll almost certain to have issues with drivers. It might not even bootup.

    You could clone your old drive on to the new drive in your current setup with most any decent imaging application that offers drive cloning capabilities.
    Afterward you can connect the cloned drive to your new computer. If your lucky, you'll be able to boot, maybe to safemode and reinstall the appropriate drivers.
    Just make certain you have ALL of your drivers on hand when you are ready. (that means downloading them to a USB thumb drive)

    I would advise you to backup all that "almost-irreplaceable data" prior to beginning.
    Read all instructions for cloning on the imaging app of your choice prior to starting.


    ...Or you could perform a clean install on the new drive then connect your older drive after and transfer your data over.
    It can't hurt to try cloning though, the only thing you'll loose is time.
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    Thanks, Clint. Since I'm planning to use all my peripherals-printers, monitor, scanners--and they're all on the same 64-bit OS I'm now using--drivers shouldn't be an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mossbloom View Post
    Thanks, Clint. Since I'm planning to use all my peripherals-printers, monitor, scanners--and they're all on the same 64-bit OS I'm now using--drivers shouldn't be an issue.

    Al
    As you are placing the drive on to a new motherboard you may have some driver issues as the hardware will be different. The mother board usually comes with a driver disk that you can use once booted. Some times can use the disk during initial formatting when doing a custom clean install.
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