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Windows 7: How Do I Move Windows and Programs to a New Partition?

04 Sep 2015   #1
Michael33

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
How Do I Move Windows and Programs to a New Partition?

Hi - basically I want to maximize my data storage and yet leave enough for Windows and programs. Can anyone tell me the easiest/best way to move Windows and programs to the now unallocated space, leaving the rest for data? I'm a novice. I know the new C: would have to be bootable, but I don't know how to do it. Thanks, M33.




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04 Sep 2015   #2
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Do you have backups of your user files (data=music, video, documents and similar stuff) somewhere? If so, instead of trying to move Windows, just delete your user files from C, then use Partition Wizard free to resize C - shrink the partition and then create a new partition in the unallocated space and copy back your data.
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04 Sep 2015   #3
Michael33

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I have already shrunk C: It was 220 GB, now it's 168+ GB.

I don't want to move the data - that's already in the larger partition, where I want it to be. I want to move the OS/Programs to the smaller unallocated partition and leave the larger one for data only. Thanks.
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04 Sep 2015   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Your "C" partition with Windows 7 is already as small as it should be. You only have 15% free space as it is now.

I would also for testing, shutdown your computer and unhook Disk #2.
If your system still boots that is good.
Shut down your computer and hook Disk #2 up again.
Then take the system/active flag off of Disk #2 partition "E".

System Reserve on Disk# 0 is the only partition that needs to be Active so you can boot.
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05 Sep 2015   #5
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

168 GB for Windows and Programs is not small at all. I have a large C and it is 60 GB (100 total with 40 free). There clearly are some data files left on it. Get WizTree (has a portable version too) and scan C, expand the larger folders (top ones) then perhaps take a screenshot of it.
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05 Sep 2015   #6
Michael33

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

> "Your "C" partition with Windows 7 is already as small as it should be. You only have 15% free space as it is now."

That's because my data is still there! I'm not sure why I'm having a difficult time getting my point across! Let me try again. I want to divide my data from my programs and Windows. My data is larger (and will obviously get larger). Right now it's on C: at about 100 GB. My OS/programs will stay relatively static. Right now they are about 40 GB (yes, I know that will increase, but drastically less than data). For the time being there's plenty of space in the unallocated partition for the OS/programs, leaving the larger partition for data only. I know it's possible to move OS/programs, I just don't know how to do it without screwing up my system.

Why do I want to do this? To make my backup images smaller. Have one basically static, not-often updated image of my OS/programs, while I daily image my ever-changing data files.


> "168 GB for Windows and Programs is not small at all. I have a large C and it is 60 GB (100 total with 40 free). There clearly are some data files left on it."

For who? Who uses even remotely that much space for Windows and programs? As I mentioned, my OS/programs are about 40 GB. I will never need that much space for just OS/programs. And doesn't the fact there are still data files with your OS/programs kind of make my point about freeing up space?


"I would also for testing, shutdown your computer and unhook Disk #2.
If your system still boots that is good.
Shut down your computer and hook Disk #2 up again.
Then take the system/active flag off of Disk #2 partition "E".

System Reserve on Disk# 0 is the only partition that needs to be Active so you can boot."


What does that have to do with anything?! It has to be bootable so I can restore images from there.


Can anyone give me a straight answer? Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!
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05 Sep 2015   #7
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

No one is telling you it is impossible to move OS and Programs, but you fail to understand that for your case you have to seperate them from the data because your space is limited. But then again, if you could seperate them why move OS when you could only move data?

What I am saying is get rid of the data from C (backup them)
Shrink C to: future C size + 15% free space (with Partition Wizard free if Disk Management can't)
Make a new partition for data on the larger unallocated space
Copy data to new partition

Same in essence as what you want to do. If what I am proposing is wrong/ unnecessary, friends here will show a better method. Can an answer get any more straight?
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05 Sep 2015   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

My understanding is you want to move Windows 7, the operating system and other data/programs.

The title of your thread.
Quote:
How Do I Move Windows and Programs to a New Partition?
What we are suggestions is leave Windows 7 where it's at and just move the other data/programs that is on the "C" partition as you see fit.

Once you have room on your "C" (Windows 7) partition you can shrink it down with about 15% free space.

How much space your programs take up depends entirely on what you have installed. You will have to decide what should not be on partition "C". Just leave Windows 7 alone is my suggestion.

Of course you can do as you see fit, it's your computer.
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05 Sep 2015   #9
Michael33

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I was operating under the assumption PW couldn't bypass the restrictions on partition shrinking imposed by Disk Management, but apparently it can. Didn't realize that. That's why we weren't on the same page. Sorry for getting testy.

I looked at the video tutorial on moving/resizing partitions with PW. Does it matter how much space I leave before and after resized C:? I don't want to screw this up royally...
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05 Sep 2015   #10
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

By the way (for your info) if you did have space, you could have imaged C to D, then use EasyBCD to add D to OS list, boot to new OS, and remove old C. Then delete OS and Programs from C while deleting Data from D. (D would change to C once you boot to the new partition).
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