Upgrading to new HD without reinstall

By Berzer
Aug 20, 2008
  1. I have only 1 HD in my system (80gb) which i want to replace with a new larger drive. i plan to keep the 80gb but i want to set the new larger drive as the one with the vista install on it along with all my programs. whats the easiest way to do this. i don't really want to have to install all my programs and anti-virus again. can i just leave the 80gb as the C: drive and install all my larger programs/games to the new larger drive as secondary? would doing this slow down response time to the games at all? Or is there a way to move everything over to the new larger drive without reinstalling anything?
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,138   +985

    if you keep the 80gb as C:, then the new drive can be used for all NEW stuff, including
    installing new programs
    (if the new hd is D:, create folder D:\Program Files :) )

    The issue will be migration from C->D

    Any data file can be moved via drag-n-drop.

    Moving a program from C->D is a pain as the registry needs to be edited.
  3. tuant

    tuant TS Booster Posts: 202

    You can also Norton Ghost or any cloning software to clone (exact replica) one HD to another HD. After doing so, change the HD boot order in BIOS to boot from the desire HD.
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