Upgrading Your Hard Drive is Simpler with Free Partition Managers


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 remembrance is that while file systems are easily copied to different locations, a fresh copy of the operating system usually accompanies a disk upgrade. This can be a source of trouble, especially if the software is installed on your old hard disk that you cannot re-install due to access restrictions.

Partition ManagersFortunately for people facing this problem, a free partition manager offers a simple solution. Here is how said software will allow you to do without making a clean installation:

  1. 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 used previously but where no data resides at the moment; it can also be locations where the data used to be present has been deleted. You must do a rigorous copy if you want to copy the free space and the used space. On the other hand, if you’re going to copy the used space, you can do a “quick” copy. Sometimes, you might have to convert backup file types to ones suitable for use in the partition manager. If so, look for a package with an inbuilt application to convert MBR to GPT.


  1. Clone Image to New Drive or Make Bootable Disk

Once you have the image, you can do one of two things: either copy the image directly to a new disk or create a bootable disk. You must have a motherboard with multiple SATA ports to connect both drives for direct copying. Note that most PCs bought for home or work use may not have more than a single SATA port for disk management in Windows 7. In such a situation, you cannot do a direct copy; the option is to create a bootable disk of your Drive and copy it to your new Drive once you have swapped them. A third option is to copy your image to a bootable external hard drive and proceed.

Once completed, you should have your old copy of Windows installed onto a new hard disk, complete with all your software package 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 arrangements are also made and sold.