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installing windows 7 upgrade

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When Windows 7 was first launched I found a great deal in my campus software store and bought the upgrade. The problem is my old drive is nearly full and could stand to be upgraded. It appears to me that since the software is an upgrade it will have to see a prior installation on the new hard drive in order to install. I have been told that I will have to copy an image on the old drive onto the new drive then install the new drive as the C: (boot drive) then install the windows 7 upgrade.

I have a copy of acronis true image but have never used it. Are there any special problems to be anticipated?

Also, there is a local deal on a seagate 1 terabyte 7200 rpm 16mb cache hard drive. Is there any problem with Windows 7 efficiently using a drive this big? How big a partition should I create for the OS?
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