Move Hard Drive to New Computer Windows 7 Without Reinstalling

Posted by @Ada

October 19, 2018

You’ll learn how to move old hard drive to new computer in Windows 7 and with secure boot and activation ensured in this article. No need to reinstall Windows.

Why should you move hard drive to new computer?

When you buy a new computer to replace the old one, you may be wondering if you can just move hard drive to new computer windows 7 because you are used to the old system, settings, applications, and everything on the old computer.

Usually, if you need to replace your old computer with new one, the direct way is to reinstall system and other application to new PC. But it is time-consuming and you will lose all your important data.

If there is a way to move old hard drive, you can save much time and efforts on installing Windows and applications.

Also, by doing so, the new computer keeps everything the same as the old one, including the operating system, important personal data, and installed applications.

Will Windows still work if you move old HDD to new computer?

Some people may have a concern: if I move hard drive from one computer to another, will Windows 7 still work? Actually, there are two situations.

If your new computer has the same hardware with the old one, you can put the old hard drive into the new computer and use it without any concern.

What if your new computer has the dissimilar hardware with the old one? As a matter of fact, Windows does not support move the old hard drive to new computer with dissimilar hardware. You can turn to a professional third party software.

It is relatively easy if you want to move hard drive to new computer Windows 10, as Windows 10 is more advanced than Windows 7. Generally speaking, you can boot new computer after putting the old in it. However, there is still some chance that you can not boot.

To sum up, no matter whether your new computer has the same hardware or dissimilar hardware with the old computer, your Windows can work after moving old hard drive to new computer Windows 7.

Software to move hard drive to another computer

As mentioned above, no matter your computer is Windows 7 or Windows 10, if your new computer has the dissimilar hardware with the old one, you have to turn to a third party software. AOMEI Backupper is a professional hard drive transferring software. Universal restore feature allows you to restore a backup image, system image in particular, created on one computer to another or new computer that has dissimilar hardware installed.

With it, you can transfer hard drive to new computer without reinstalling windows, and you do not have to worry your new computer will not boot. Also, you can spare trouble of installing Windows and applications.

Move hard drive to new computer with Dissimilar hardware

Before you can perform Universal/Dissimilar Restore, you need to:

1. Download AOMEI Backupper Professional and create a disk backup and the backup image must be saved at a place where the new computer can access. AOMEI Backupper supports backing up to external USB hard drives, internal hard drives, and all flash drives.

2. If your new computer is a bare machine, create a bootable CD or USB by AOMEI Backupper, which allows you to boot your new PC.

Let’s see how to move windows 7 to new computer without reinstall with universal restore feature.

Step 1. Boot the target computer via AOMEI bootable media. It will show the main interface of AOMEI Backupper. Click “Restore” tab.

Step 2. Click “Path” to browse a path to select an image file and restore data from the file.

locate the disk image backup or system image backup you created. Note that the drive letter may change under AOMEI PE environment.

Disk Backup

Step 3. You may have several backup points, choose a backup point and click "Next" to continue.

Backup Point

Step 4. Select a disk or partition from the image file and click "Next".

Image Information

Step 5: Select the destination for the disk image that you wish to restore, and then click Next.

Disk Restore

Step 6. You will see the Operation Summary screen, tick the option "Enable Universal Restore", and click "Start Restore".

Operation Summary


  • You can edit the size of the partition before clicking Start Restore.

  • If the storage device on the computer is SSD, you can tick Align partition to optimize SSD

  • You are able to move hard drive to new computer in Windows 10 with the same software. 

At last, wait till the progress completes, and click Finish to exit. Then, you can boot this new computer normally with the same operating system, programs and data with the old computer.


With the help of AOMEI Backupper, you can move hard drive to new computer Windows 7 easily and without reinstalling windows. Besides Windows 7, AOMEI Backupper also supports Windows 8/8.1/10, Windows server and XP.

AOMEI Backupper also has many other powerful features. You can migrate Windows 7 to SSD without reinstalling Windows by system clone. Also, you can Backup Windows 10 to USB Flash Drive Easily by system backup. All in all, AOMEI Backupper is an all in one software, it will do much help associated with backup, restore and clone.