Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Want to clone os without all my files.

02 May 2016   #1
Axon9000

Windows 7 64 bit/ Ubuntu 14.04
 
 
Want to clone os without all my files.

I have a hard drive with windows 7 installed, and I wanted to play around with the os it in vbox, I could simply clone the drive, however I have about 500gb worth of stuff on there and I just want the os, is there any way I could clone my os without unnecessary files taking up space?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
02 May 2016   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Put your stuff into a seperate partition so that only the OS remains in C. Btw - for the cloned system you need a seperate product key which will set you back by at least $100
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 May 2016   #3
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

** Note: make sure you have the proper licenses/product keys for BOTH Windows 7, lest ye run afoul of the law. **

The only way to eat your cake and to have your cake:
Do at least one if not two full images onto at least one if not two external hard-drives of your OS and stuff partition as it is right now.
Then, after verifying the integrity of your backups [reading test], remove all of your stuff from Windows OS, for example, pretend you have Cyberlinks galore, Lebre or Open Office galore. Uninstall via Revo Uninstaller Pro [if you have any 64-bit software] all of your galore nonWindows OS stuff.
Be careful! Do not remove drivers or software that works with your Windows concerning video, sound, network, and such. [Or your Windows could end up crying like Tammye Faye at a garage sale.]
Make at least one if not two full images of your now-thin Windows OS partition onto at least one if not two ext HDs.
Create your Virtual Reality/Virtual Machine that will house windows 7. You MIGHT be able to restore the nowThin W7 into the VM, or, you will be forced to do a fresh install within this VM.
You can restore your normal full house back onto the regular internal hard-drive from the full image[s] you made at the beginning.

** Note: make sure you have the proper licenses/product keys for BOTH Windows 7, lest ye run afoul of the law. **
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

Reply

 Want to clone os without all my files.




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
How to clone a Windows OS partition with all the files, including temp
Hi all! I have got a 256 GB SSD and wish to use it for my OS and essential software (100 GB + 150 GB, C and D drives, in place of 50 and 150 GB in my current disk). I tried cloning my current 50 GB C drive on a 2 TB Seagate HDD using Acronis TrueImage Home Free and FarStone Drive Clone Free. Both...
Backup and Restore
I reinstalled windows 7 (activated), can i restore files from a clone?
firstly, i have changed hardware. i tried to boot from the same HDD and got the BSOD. (drivers?) i made a clean install and restored windows.old. i'm not happy with the restore. i'm missing just about everything. i have cloned windows 7 and i would like to know if there was a way i can either...
Backup and Restore
Can't clone files on HDD to new SSD
Hey guys, I just got a new SSD and installed it, it shows in BIOS, assigned a paritation letter (E) to it, tried to clone it with Macrium and Easeus but they Macrium displays an error after a while and Easeus just stucks after a while. Macrium error displays:...
Hardware & Devices
To clone or not to clone
I have an HP system. I want to clone my system to another internal drive. Have a hitachi 1 tb installed now. Will install a seagate 1tb. Couple questions. 1. Since hp has some proprietary bs if I need to use the cloned drive due to my primary drive failing will windows and all work properly or...
Backup and Restore
How to Clone Windows 7 with Clone Zilla
Hi guys ...i have a problem while cloning windows7 in Dell machines with CloneZilla which is an open source tool...well the thing is i have taken an image from E6510 Latitude laptop...and when iam trying to clone the image on the other E6510 laptop..its showing some blue screen... Iam...
Backup and Restore


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:45.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App