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Tony
14-02-2009, 10:41 AM
I've just installed a new (extra) hdd. I would like to transfer my OS's (dual boot XP and Win7 beta) to this drive. Is this just a matter of setting up the partitions correctly, copying the files, setting the boot priority in the BIOS and away we go? I suspect it is not as easy as that, so can anyone point me in the right direction? I realize I could just reinstall the OS, but I'd prefer not to do that if I can avoid it.

TIA

stormdragon
14-02-2009, 10:45 AM
No. Clone the drive. There was a thread about cloning software on here in the last couple of days.

Edit: Or at least I thought there was can't find it back atm. Anyway the likes of Acronis clonzilla, or seagate disk wizard would do what you want iirc

robjg63
14-02-2009, 10:51 AM
I've just installed a new (extra) hdd. I would like to transfer my OS's (dual boot XP and Win7 beta) to this drive. Is this just a matter of setting up the partitions correctly, copying the files, setting the boot priority in the BIOS and away we go? I suspect it is not as easy as that, so can anyone point me in the right direction? I realize I could just reinstall the OS, but I'd prefer not to do that if I can avoid it.

TIA

Check out the website of your new (or old) hard drive manufacturer. They often have disk copy/migration tools available. These are usually pretty good. You would connect the new drive as a slave, then probably boot up your PC with one of their tools and just follow your nose. NB.The free tools they supply normally check that at least one of the drives is their own brand.

jwil1
14-02-2009, 10:52 AM
You could image the HD and it's partitions, then restore it onto the other hard drive :)

Macrium Reflect (http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp) is free and can do that for you

wainuitech
14-02-2009, 10:53 AM
Easy ( famous last words) :lol: Download either EasyBCD (http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1) or BCD Edit (http://www.vistabootpro.org/) I think BCDEdit is a paid one while Easy BCD is free - load it in and set the order to boot - have a look at the Instructions / Screen shots and it tells you "how to do it'

I've used EasybootCD on Vista /XP - so it should work in W7 OK.

The other Long way is to reinstall W7 and it will automatically alter the boot loaders to suit, the same as vista does.

Tony
14-02-2009, 02:54 PM
Thanks everyone, Seagate Discwizard + EasyBCD did the trick. Afterwards the Win7 Beta gave me a BSOD when I tried to boot to it, so I had to reinstall that, but the rest was easy-peasy.