1. Joined : Sep 2016
    Posts : 142
    Windows 10
       1 Week Ago #1

    Windows 10 Re-Install: Will This Work?

    Hi all, I'm currently running Windows 10 Pro on an 2TB internal HDD. However, I want to buy a new 2TB internal HDD so I can backup my files.

    I'm planning on using the new 2TB internal HDD I buy as the "main drive" and use my current 2TB internal HDD as the "backup drive." I'm worried about file verification.

    How can I make sure that every that's copied from one 2TB HDD to the other 2TB HDD is identical? File verification is very important to me...

    Thank you for any advice!
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  2. Joined : Aug 2014
    Forever West
    Posts : 2,376
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       1 Week Ago #2

    The only sure way is to Clone the drive, many folks have mentioned Macrium Reflect. But if the current drive is working properly I'd just add the new drive and leave well-enough alone to assure no or minimal problems. An issue not mentioned much, but fully understood by most computer users, is if you get a power bump or failure you could lose a lot if not all. Have seen such a situation where the power failed mid-stream and the source drive was converted to RAW, can be difficult or impossible to deal with, results in lost data.
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  3. Joined : Sep 2016
    Posts : 142
    Windows 10
       1 Week Ago #3


    I've been using the current 2TB internal HDD for over 2 years and it's been running 24/7 so that's why I was wanting to install Windows 10 Pro to the new 2TB internal HDD...
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  4. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 1,152
    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)
       1 Week Ago #4

    Macrium Reflect Free with verification selected would work fine but this solution contravenes your desire not to use 3rd party applications1 I received guidance on this forum that it is better to image your system to another drive then install that system image on your new drive. You can do this if you have enough spare space on your current drive to store a full Macrium backup image, else you can store the image on an external drive.
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