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How to Transfer OS to New Hard Drive Without Reinstalling

Problem

Get a larger new hard drive, and want to replace the small old one from your computer, but don't want to discard the old hard drive together with the operating system. How can I directly transfer OS to new hard drive without reinstalling it?

Part 1: How to Transfer OS to New Hard Drive

With an operating system migrating program, you can move your OS from one drive to another. Wondershare WinSuite 2012 is such a kind of utility that can help to you migrate the whole system, including hided files, and those can't be moved manually. You can get your previous system on the new hard drive without any change, including personal settings.

After purchasing the program, you'll get a download link from Wondershare. Download and install it on a good-working computer. Then follow the steps below to transfer operating system to new hard drive.

Step1. Launch the program

Run the program on your computer after installing it. Choose "Disk Management" and you'll get the interface as follow. In order to transfer OS, click "Clone One Partition"  and move to the next step.

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Step2. Select the source partition

Now, select the sorce partition where your previous OS locates, and click "Next" to continue.

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Step3. Choose the destination partition

Then, choose your new hard drive as the destination partition. Now, you can begin to migrate your operating system by clicking the "Next".

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Step4. Start migrating OS to new hard drive

When the OS migrating starts, the data on the new hard drive, if there is, will be overwritten. If you're sure to continue, press "Yes" to proceed. If you want to backup the data, cancel it with "No" and do it later.

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When the migration finishes, there will be a "Successfully Cloned!"  pop-up message, and you are done!Know more about Wondershare WinSuite 2012

Part 2: How to Recover Data from Hard Drive

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