How To remove and reinstall hard drives
How to remove and install different drives from a 40 gig to a 80 gig without reformatting
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Your question is a bit vague.
You cannot take an 80gb with an already installed version of Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and earlier and simply put it in place of the computer with the 40gb. Windows 10, you can, but you need to have a valid product key for most hardware configurations. Otherwise, you will need to clean install Windows and reinstall everything.
If you have an empty 80gb and want to put in in place of the existing 40gb, this is possible
Depending on the brand of your drive, both WD and Seagate have a free version of Acronis.
Otherwise, you can hunt down the free version of Macrium Reflect.
a) install this software on your old drive
b) connect the drive you plan to move to a working USB port
c) select clone, and allow it to automatically resize.
d) now take out the old drive, and put in the 80gb.
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