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Windows 7: Move Windows 7

07 Aug 2009   #1

 
 
Move Windows 7

I installed Win 7 on a 20 GB partition of a 1 TB drive. (my mistake as I've run out of room)
I've searched and have not found any programs that will move the partition.
If I bought another drive, is there a program (preferably free) to image Windows 7 to a new partation?
My version of Norton Ghost won't recognize SATA drives.

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07 Aug 2009   #2

 
 

Acronis.. But you're going to have to head to the torrents for that
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07 Aug 2009   #3

 

I use Acronis Image v.12 and Acronis Disk Suite to do all that.
1. install Image and make a complete FULLBackup. store on a clean partition.
2. Make the Startup Disk with which you can boot to and restore you FULL Image.
3. Install Acronis Disk Suite. and you can move increase the space or shrink the space as you see with.
I first installed Windows 7 on a 16GB partition. Later i used Disk Suite to increase the partition size to 50GB. It did move transfer all data and I never lost any data.

The image and boot disk is simply incase you mess up and lose data.

versions I use:
Acronis True Image Home 2009 12.0.0.9796
Acronis CoreDiskDirectorSuite.10.2160
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07 Aug 2009   #4
trv

Vista, Server08, Win7, XP
 
 

Can't you use windows backup, its built in. Though you will need a drive the same or larger in capacity to do a restore.

All so you can increase your partition size in disk management if you have spare unallocated adjacent space.
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07 Aug 2009   #5

 

Acronis does make very small full image backups... imho much easier, faster and smaller than Windows 7 backup.
currently my C:\Windows 7 partition is almost 20g. Full backup via Acronis is 8.1GB
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07 Aug 2009   #6

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trv View Post
Can't you use windows backup, its built in. Though you will need a drive the same or larger in capacity to do a restore.

All so you can increase your partition size in disk management if you have spare unallocated adjacent space.
Disk Management will not allow me to resize the "C:" drive.

I can shrink the "D:" drive, and have say 50 GB of unallotcated space. Then try to extend the "C:" drive and it refuses.
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07 Aug 2009   #7

Win7 x64 7232 // XP x86 SP3
 
 

Have a look at GParted. It's free. Burn the LiveCD iso to a disc, boot from it and work with your partitions.

GPARTED DOCUMENTATION - COPYING
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07 Aug 2009   #8
DJG

 

You can also check out Paragon Software's Partition Manager and Drive Backup apps.

PARAGON Software Group - partition manager, drive backup, hard disk partitioning
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07 Aug 2009   #9

windows 7
 
 

Well, if you know how to clone XP, you can clone Windows 7. This assumes you are running XP or some other OS while you copy the Windows 7 partition. Most copy programs can't copy a Windows 7 partition because of the hard links. XP's backup program (ntbackup) can do it. You make a backup and then restore it to the new partition. The OS doing the restore must know the new partition by the same drive letter as the OS doing the backup knew the original partition, or it won't work because the hard links won't be restored.

As always, you still need to tinker with the registry hive before running the clone. I use the "saving partitions" program to do the tinkering. This is not for beginners.
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08 Aug 2009   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CTerrian View Post
Disk Management will not allow me to resize the "C:" drive.

I can shrink the "D:" drive, and have say 50 GB of unallotcated space. Then try to extend the "C:" drive and it refuses.
Can you post an image showing your drive layout in Disk Management? The following is from my system, just to give you an idea of the information required.
Move Windows 7-capture.png


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