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  • OS - Vista Home Premium
    Bios - Phoenix Award ver 6...
    Mobo supports Serial ATA : Four SATA connectors:
         Supports 1 SATA-150 or SATA-300 disk drive on each SATA connector
         Speed up to 1.5Gb/sec or 3.0Gb/sec, complying with SATA 1.0 and SATA 2.0 specifications

    I just bought a Western Digital 1TB hd. I currently have a 300gb hd as primary (C:). I want to install the 1tb and make it primary ( C:), and have the 300gb as (D:).

    Can anyone list some steps on how to do this? I've already done a complete image backup to an xtnrl hd ( using Acronis ).
    Friday, April 10, 2009 1:17 AM





    Thank you for your post.


    I know that you want to install Windows Vista on the new 1TB hard disk and use it as the system partition C and change the current drive from C to D. If I have misunderstood your concern, please feel free to let me know.


    Based on my research, I would like to suggest the following:


    1.    Install Windows Vista to the new hard disk.


    2.    After installing, boot to the system on the current hard disk (300GB) and run Windows Easy Transfer to copy data from the drive with an external hard drive. Then boot to the new installed system which is on the 1TB drive and run Windows Easy Transfer to transfer the data and files from the external hard drive. Therefore, the data and files on your old hard drive can be transferred to the new drive.


    Transfer files and settings from another computer



    Windows Easy Transfer



    3.    After transferring, check if the drive letters are proper.


    1)    Boot the new installed system from the new 1TB disk.

    2)    Open Computer Management by clicking the Start, right-clicking Manage. In the Navigation pane, under Storage, click Disk Management.

    3)    Check if the 1TB drive is C and the 300GB drive is D. If the 300GB drive is not D, please assign the letter D to it.


    4.    If you notice that there are 2 boot items for Windows Vista. Please check the boot settings on the new drive.


    Boot from the new 1TB disk and perform the steps in the following Knowledge Base:


    Windows Vista no longer starts after you install an earlier version of the Windows operating system in a dual-boot configuration



    Hope this helps. Thanks.

    Nicholas Li - MSFT
    Tuesday, April 14, 2009 12:30 AM