I need to clone a windows 7 hard drive to a new bootable hard drive
I was going through the process of trying the copy disk funtion to make a clone, but i was confused at some of the options.I need to know how, or if i can do this successfully.
I have a windows 7 machine with a 3.5" 500 gb hard drive. i removed the harddrive and i am using an external sata to usb adapter to connect it.
I have a windows 2008 server with BESR 2010.
I want to clone the windows 7 hard drive (that i removed) to a new 2.5" 500 gb hard drive (that will replace it). (i am doing this so i can fit more drives in the computer case of the windows 7 machine.)
The new drive was temporarily used on a Mac OSX Snow Leopard machine just for a little extra storage. I formated it with the Mac OSX machine to a MS-DOS (FAT) format. So it could be read/recognized when connected to a windows machine.
I want the new drive (target drive) (after it has been cloned) to boot when i first install it in the windows 7 machine with out any issues, as if i never changed the drives. (i have done this tons of times using mac osx,and an open source carbon copy cloner application, with out ever having an issue.)
So what would I exactly do, what options do I choose? Do i need to reformat the new drive (target drive) in windows before i start the disk copy, or will it format it to match the source disk when i start the disk copy procedure.
thanks a lot.
edit to add:
should i mess with this, or should i just install the drive back into my windows 7 machine, and install the new drive as a secondary drive, and use the back up program that comes with windows 7 to move to the new drive? then once its done just switch the drives.
this is just rediculous. i keep reading about everyone having problems with cloneing disks and how they need to do certain things with the MBR, and certain things with something else. yet i can push one button in carbon copy cloner on mac osx and it just does it all for you.....and works everytime.....(to bad it doesnt clone windows disks)....