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  • Re-install OS without re-installing software?

    Is it possible? I've got Win7 on my 40GB SSD, want to re-install it on the 240GB SSD this weekend, but I don't want to have to re-install the various programs I have on one of my storage drives!

    Other than Win7, there's nothing currently on the SSD
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    I might be wrong but I am sure thr registry plays a part with program locations and settings.

    Could you not ghost the 40gb to ur storage drive. Plug in the 240gb and the ghost the image back?
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    • #3
      yeah ghost/image the SSD would be the best bet I think.
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      • #4
        You can get software that will do this for you. Acronis is one. EaseUS Disk also has some free software.

        No way can you install the operating system without also installing the programs. At least, not without some fancy software that is not going to be risk free.

        Most hard-disk makers also provide tools that will do this.
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        • #5
          Thanks guys! So would you suggest Acronis True Image 2012?
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          • #6
            I've used Acronis before, worked well.

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            • #7
              I've used Macrium Reflect before, easy to use and works well
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              • #8
                Cloned using Acronis 2010 (dad, the least technical minded person ever, had a copy on disk :O), got a "MBR missing" error, a few startup repairs later and we're sorted!
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                • #9
                  You would get that error.
                  For anyone wanting to do similar, but don't have a paid for TI, the free disk clone tools from Seagate, WD and I think a couple of others, actually use TI and work as long as you have ANY of their disks in your machine. It doesn't have to be one of the ones involved in your clone.
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