Upgrade to a larger HDD after Vista upgrade

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Cooper, Mar 1, 2007.

  1. Cooper

    Cooper Guest

    I want to upgrade to a larger drive but have already upgraded to Vista
    Business and activated.
    Anyone know the best way to accomplish this? Just need more hdd space and
    want to ditch my old hdd and install a new bootable drive.
    TIA
     
    Cooper, Mar 1, 2007
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  2. Cooper

    nir Guest

    Even I am facing the same problem. any replies?
     
    nir, Mar 1, 2007
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  3. Cooper

    Cooper Guest

    I don't want to reinstall xp only to reinstall vista!!! then go thru phone
    activation.....
    tks M$...anyone got an answer?
     
    Cooper, Mar 1, 2007
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  4. Cooper

    GTS Guest

    Use a tool like Acronis True Image (Version 10 for Vista) to clone your
    drive to the new larger one. Some drives include a vendor provided utility
    for this also, although I don't know about Vista compatibility on those.
     
    GTS, Mar 1, 2007
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  5. Cooper

    Cooper Guest

    Great...anyway to accomplish this without, ummmmmm spending more $ ?
    (provided the new drive doesn't come with a compatible utility)
    tia
     
    Cooper, Mar 1, 2007
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  6. Cooper

    mikeyhsd Guest

    believe that western digital and seagate both include programs with the drive or downloadable to do this.
    might check their web sites before purchase to see.

    @sport.rr.com

    Great...anyway to accomplish this without, ummmmmm spending more $ ?
    (provided the new drive doesn't come with a compatible utility)
    tia
     
    mikeyhsd, Mar 1, 2007
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  7. Cooper

    Rock Guest

    See if the drive manufacturer has a tool to clone the old drive to the new.
    With retail drive kits it normally comes on a floppy or CD with the drive.
    For white box kits you can download the utility from the drive
    manufacturer's site.

    Another option is to use Complete PC backup (available in Business) to image
    the drive to USB external drive, then install the new drive, and do a
    Complete PC restore by booting the Vista DVD. I haven't tried this and I
    haven't seen any posts in here about anyone who has, but I believe it should
    work fine.

    Make sure that for the first boot up with the new drive with the Vista
    installation, only the new drive is present. Remove the old one, then after
    that first boot up you can install the second drive and delete the Vista
    installation.
     
    Rock, Mar 1, 2007
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  8. Cooper

    mlai Guest

    I have done it on an Ultimate (full version not upgrade) and it works fine.
    I think the upgrade DVD and the full DVD are the same so should be no
    problem.
     
    mlai, Mar 2, 2007
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  9. Cooper

    Cooper Guest

    Yup...that works, I had purchased Vista Business, did the complete backup to
    another hdd, added my new hdd then restored. Works great and thanks
    alot!!!!!!
     
    Cooper, Mar 2, 2007
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  10. Cooper

    Rock Guest

    You're welcome.

     
    Rock, Mar 4, 2007
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