As data requirements for software and media increase steadily and the lack of proper real-time compression algorithms makes it difficult for devices to function with low space or storage, it is obvious that people who have old computers running windows 7 and relatively smaller storage drives such as 80 or 160 GB hard disks require the upgradation of their secondary memory. An obvious problem with upgrading to a new memory is that while file systems are easily copied to different locations, a disk upgrade is usually accompanied by a fresh copy of the operating system. This can be a source of trouble, especially if there are software installed in your old hard disk that you cannot re-install due to access restrictions.
Fortunately for people facing this problem, a free partition manager offers a simple solution. Here is how said software will allow you to without making a clean installation:
- Copy the old Drive onto the buffer
Use Partition Assistant 6.0 to copy an image of your old disk onto the buffer. This can be done in two ways: as you might already be aware, your hard disk has used memory and free memory. The free memory consists mainly of parts of the hard disk that has been used previously but where no data resides at the moment; it can also be locations where the data that used to be present has been deleted. If you want to copy the free space as well as the used space, you need to do a rigorous copy. On the other hand, if you want to simply copy the used space, you have the option of doing a “quick” copy. In some cases, you might have to covert backup file types to ones suitable for use in the partition manager. If so, look for a package that has an inbuilt application to convert MBR to GPT.
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- Clone Image to New Drive or Make Bootable Disk
Once you have the image, you can do one of two things: you can either copy the image directly to a new disk, or you can create a bootable disk. For direct copying, you need to have a motherboard that has multiple SATA ports, so that both drives can be connected. Note here, that most PCs bought for home or work use may not have more than a single SATA port for disk management windows 7. In such a situation, you cannot do a direct copy; the option then, is to create a bootable disk of your drive and copy it to your new drive once you have swapped them. A third option, of course, is to copy your image to a bootable external hard drive and hence proceed.
Once completed, you should have your old copy of windows installed onto a new hard disk complete with all your software packages settings, and every other attribute that the OS in your old disk consisted of. Disk cloning software packages are available on the internet and basic versions intended for home use can be downloaded from their websites free of cost. For more advanced users, professional versions are also made and sold.