By Delia / Last update January 19, 2021

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 hard drive from one computer to another?

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, Windows 8 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.

Example: Transfer hard drive to new computer in Windows 7 without reinstalling

Usually, moving hard drive to new computer in Windows 7, 8, 10 will have hardware issue, that's to say, your computer will fail to boot if you directly restore system or disk backup to new computer. To get you out of trouble, it's suggested using "Universal Restore" feature. Because it can solve the compatibility issue of different computer.

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.

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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 “Select Image File” to browse a path to select an image file and restore data from the file.


Step 3. Select path to disk image or system image you created. Note that the drive letter may change under AOMEI PE environment.

Select Path

Step 4. Select the image in the following and click "Next" to continue.

Select Backup Image

Step 5. Select to restore the entire disk or partition from the image file and click "Next".

Restore Entire Disk or Partition

Step 6. Select the destination for the disk image that you wish to restore, and then click Next.

Select Destination

Step 7. You will see the Operation Summary screen, tick the option "Enable Universal Restore", and click "Start Restore".

Universal Restore


  • 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.

If you want to protect unlimited computers within your company, you can pick AOMEI Backupper Technician. With the inbuilt AOMEI Image Deploy tool, you are also allowed to deploy/restore system image file on server-side computer to multiple client-side computers over network.