Novice Question: Adding a 2nd HDD & Moving HDD1 Contents to HDD2?

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  1. 5er driver

    5er driver Member

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    I bought a WD3000HLFS as a 2nd internal HDD for my PC and have not yet installed it. After installation I want the complete original HDD contents including the OS on the new HDD because it has more capacity and is faster. How do I accomplish this? Do I have to remove the original HDD and install the new one and the OS and all my applications on it? Then reinstall the original HDD and format it to wipe it clean? I would like to move the contents from one HDD to the other without having to buy software that would do this. Any advice would be appreciated.


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  2. MrN

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    You can use an imaging utility like Acronis True Image or Clonezilla. Then, you will not have to re-install your OS and all the applications from scratch.
    Hard drive manufacturers offer free software utilities for this same purpose. You have to make sure it is compatible with the OS you want to migrate.

    Or, just use free Clonezilla.
     

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