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Windows 7: can I boot from a smaller drive and use a larger one as my primary?

12 Jan 2013   #11
JackALope52x

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hey Goblin137,

I recently installed a new HDD and SDD in my computer and in all honesty it might just be easier for you to start over. Get an external drive and see if you can save as much information as you can. Reinstall Windows onto your 320GB HDD (make sure your 2TB HDD is not installed when you do this) and then wipe the 2TB HDD completely. When you install the 2TB HDD it will just show up as a secondary drive. If not just go into "Manage" and assign the drive a letter path.

Another thing that is common that baddersz mentioned was to move your Windows User Profile over to the 2TB drive. Just follow the steps on this link and you should be fine: User Profile - Change Default Location. It will also show you how to change your registry so that all new saved information will be saved to your user profile on the 2TB drive.

After that when you go to install any programs you can choose what drive you want to save them too. Also when you put all your information back onto you computer that you saved onto the external drive, make sure you put it in the User profile that was saved onto the 2TB drive.

Hopefully this was helpful. Let us know how it goes.
-JackALope


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12 Jan 2013   #12
braddersz

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

I'd give it ago, it should work, perhaps backup regostery firat
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12 Jan 2013   #13
Goblin137

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Awesome guys cheers a lot for this, I'll try and edit the registry first, because if i'm going to end up re installing, whats the worst that can happen right?

I'll let you know how it all goes.
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12 Jan 2013   #14
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Goblin137 View Post
Thanks a lot braddersz, but I dont really understand :/ I get the principle of deleting the old value and adding a new one, but I'm lost when it comes to the \t \d \v commands.
I think it would be "reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ProgramFilesDir"
then "reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion /v ProgramFilesDir /t Reg_SZ /d C:/Program Files"

lol sorry to use you as a proof reader but does that seem right?
thanks
Unless you know what you are doing, DO NOT mess with the Registry. There are other ways to do things. Just tell us what you need and we can give you directions.
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12 Jan 2013   #15
braddersz

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Goblin137 View Post
Awesome guys cheers a lot for this, I'll try and edit the registry first, because if i'm going to end up re installing, whats the worst that can happen right?

I'll let you know how it all goes.

My thought Exactly. Sounds like we have nothing to lose here.

Good luck
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12 Jan 2013   #16
Goblin137

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Hey Bigmck, thanks,

I agree with you because im sure thats what caused this problem for me initially, however if i'm going to have to clean install, is it not worth attempting the registry fix?

if that is the case, what i need to do is return the registry value for ProgramFilesDir and ProgramFilesDir (x86) to c:/program files and not x:/program files.

the problem i'm having is that i cannot run any task that requires admin privs, even though i am the admin, it doesn't even give me the option, just doesn't start, or tells me the path doesn't exist.

what would you do to correct this? i cant access the registry via regedit because it wont start.
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12 Jan 2013   #17
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Goblin137 View Post
Hey Bigmck, thanks,

I agree with you because im sure thats what caused this problem for me initially, however if i'm going to have to clean install, is it not worth attempting the registry fix?

if that is the case, what i need to do is return the registry value for ProgramFilesDir and ProgramFilesDir (x86) to c:/program files and not x:/program files.

the problem i'm having is that i cannot run any task that requires admin privs, even though i am the admin, it doesn't even give me the option, just doesn't start, or tells me the path doesn't exist.

what would you do to correct this? i cant access the registry via regedit because it wont start.
At this point considering I don't know what has been changed in the Registry, I don't think anything that I can tell you would be reliable. Did you back up your Registry before you made the first change? == If you feel that you should do a Clean Install, I can help you with that.
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13 Jan 2013   #18
Goblin137

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

I have clean installed with windows 8 everything is working well now which is great

Would migrating the user profile and things work in the same way on 8?

thanks for all the help guys, at the end of the day a fresh install was all i could do, and seeing as i was going that route, i took the chance to upgrade.
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13 Jan 2013   #19
braddersz

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Goblin137 View Post
I have clean installed with windows 8 everything is working well now which is great

Would migrating the user profile and things work in the same way on 8?

thanks for all the help guys, at the end of the day a fresh install was all i could do, and seeing as i was going that route, i took the chance to upgrade.

No idea about the user profiles and windows 8. Tomorrow when i'm in work, I'm going to take a clone of my current hdd. Then perform an upgrade to windows 8, really curious to know weather it will take a snapshot of my complete registry, As i have certain REG KEY modifications on my windows 7 OS to point my user folders on a different hdd then the OS
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13 Jan 2013   #20
Goblin137

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

interesting to know the outcome of that one mate, would still like to use the larger hdd for my main accounts so hopefully it can be done!
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