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Swapping HDD's, re-installing OS, general advice needed!
show user profile  Dave
Heyo folks,

I've got 2 HDD's in my PC that I'm going to swap out for new HDD's. It's the C: and the D:. A couple of things are floating through my head that I can't seem to work out.

1: I also have an F: Drive (not SSD), since this has software on it, swapping out my OS (C:) drive will break some shit, correct?

2: I own Windows 7, but have no install DVD or anything of the like (It just came pre-installed on the PC). I've been googling this as I want to boot from USB when I plug the new HDD's in, but apparently my options are all somewhat... illegitimate, unless I want to pay for it again, despite owning a legit product key. Anyone got any advice on this? If illegitimate means are my only way, scratch your nose and look off to the left.

Edit
I'm now reading that Microsoft offer legit ISO downloads, can't find them for the life of me but I'll mark this as "resolved" for now.

3: I'm not going to bother with trying to copy (ghost?) the contents of C: and D: onto the new HDD's, I'd rather just start fresh, which I think means also needing to format my F: drive (not getting swapped out, but has software installed), correct?

4: Sort of Max related! Currently, Max and all work files are on my F: drive, which I've noticed goes to sleep quite a fair bit, everything kind of stops in Max and I hear the whirring of the HDD before it lets me continue. One of these new HDD's is a 500gb SSD, I'm wondering if I should re-install Max on it, and have all work files on it too, or rather install Max on the F, and just have the work files on the D?

Sorry for boring reading material.

"I flew over Egypt once"

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12/13/2014 11:50:50 AM (last edit: 12/13/2014 11:56:50 AM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
win 7 iso's http://www.techverse.net/download-windows-7-iso-x86-x64-microsofts-official-servers/
all other windows versions have similar links to the same domain, I saw a complete list at some point but I forgot where.. google helps.

the F drive and the software - depends on what kind of software, modern drm laced software will likely stop functioning, older or more indie style productions usually survive.

Also yea, these days I don't install anything on spinning drives and just use them for storage since as you've noticed, they are slow.

The stopping and whining shouldn't really happen though, do a test - next time the stopping and whining thing happens, try to launch a random application that is installed on another drive. If it launches normally then its just a really slow drive, if it launches only after the hdd recovers, then you have a problem, most likely a bad sector.

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12/13/2014 4:36:49 PM (last edit: 12/13/2014 4:36:49 PM)
show user profile  nm8r
I've used Easeus Partiton Master to swap out my drives on a few machines now. It works well. You'll have to reauthorize most Autodesk software but everything else was seamless.
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12/13/2014 4:47:15 PM (last edit: 12/13/2014 4:58:29 PM)
show user profile  Krogoth
4. Go to your Control Panel -> Power Options -> Change plan settings -> Change advanced power settings -> Hard disk -> Turn off hard disk after
Set it to Never

That should keep your drives from sleeping.
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12/13/2014 5:14:02 PM (last edit: 12/13/2014 5:14:02 PM)
show user profile  Dave
Pro tips, cheers all. Still waiting on delivery of the second SSD, and then I'll see how it goes! Thanks.

"I flew over Egypt once"

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12/14/2014 1:45:48 PM (last edit: 12/14/2014 1:45:48 PM)
show user profile  TiMoN
We do this quite often, so for us a program like Paragon: Migrate to SSD, is really usefull. But its not free, so if its only a one time thing, then it might be a bit overkill. Just thought I would mention it, so you know its out there.

Terribly boring signature.
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12/15/2014 9:16:57 AM (last edit: 12/15/2014 9:16:57 AM)
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