Transferring Windows 7 to new hard drive

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  1. MaxxTraxx, Apr 23, 2011
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    MaxxTraxx macrumors 6502

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    Hey,

    I have a Mac with the original 250Gb drive but I am finding that I have ran out of space really fast. So I want to change the hard drive on it, BUT, I am running bootcamp on it with Windows 7.

    When I replace the drive, is there anyway to transfer over my entire hard drive - Windows 7 included, without having problems with Windows? I don't want to have to reinstall it or anything.

    Thanks

    --Maxx
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    You can find software called winclone online, which will allow you to back up an image of your windows partition to your mac partition, then you just run the bootcamp assistant again when you have your mac stuff running, and quit it after it does the partitioning. Then you use winclone to put your image back on the bootcamp partition. As for the mac stuff, you can use Time machine if you have an external HD.
     
  3. MaxxTraxx thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I thought Time Machine backed up my entire drive if I had it set to. Meaning Windows 7 should be ok.
     
  4. NickZac macrumors 68000

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    Won't Carbon Copy Cloner allow you to make an exact duplicate of the hard drive? I've used it on drives with multiple partitions without issue so I don't see why it would be a problem.
     
  5. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    It only backs up your Mac partition,

    I used CCC before, and it did not back up my windows partition. Backing up windows partitions is not currently supported - reference here.
     
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  7. NickZac macrumors 68000

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    Interesting...so it can move OSX partitions but not Windows? Very Interesting...
     
  8. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Not that I know of

    Yep. I think it may have something to do with how OS X handles bootcamp, knowing that it's windows rather than just a random partition.
     

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