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Windows 7: Clean install with partition

15 May 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional x86
 
 
Clean install with partition

I'm currently running the 7100 build and I'm wanting to install 7127 using a new partition.

Basically my idea was to create a new partition and install 7127 on that and then uninstall 7100 but keeping my files so I can move then across to the new partition. Thus having a clean install but without losing any files.

Is this possible? Will I be able to uninstall the 7100 without deleting my files?

Also can I change the size of the new partition after I have made it - in order to resemble the set up I have now (ie: 2x 250GB).

Thanks in advance


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15 May 2009   #2

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Yes to everything, possible. I upgraded from RC as I always do, so that is a valid option if you want to save some time.


Acronis Disk Director Suite is excellent for partition editing and altering, even on a partition with an OS installed already.
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16 May 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional x86
 
 

Thanks I'm going to download that now .

One other thing how would I go about uninstalling the 7100 OS once I want to change to the new one? Can I do that in Acronis?
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16 May 2009   #4

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi,

Acronis are the market leaders in drive imaging, but Paragon is the one to go for in terms of hard drive partitioning and management.

If you are going to buy one, may be worth bearing in mind. They both do programs incorporating imaging and partitioning, so take your pick. I use several Paragon products and they are excellent.

If you go for the Acronis - stay away from the disk selector - causes havoc on 7.
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16 May 2009   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi Guys.

In about 27 hours I'll hopefully have build 7127 downloaded and burned to disk.

Going from 7057 to 7100 I reformatted and did a fresh install and I'm loving it.
Do you think it's wise to do this with 7127?

Alternatively I could create a new partition for 7127 with gparted and put 7127 there.
That doesn't appeal as I'll either love 7127 and use it all time or not so why complicate my life?

Another option would be upgrade. Others have said a fresh install is best but I seem to have spent more time installing and setting up lately than using my pc and I'm getting fed up with it.

What're your thoughts?

John
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16 May 2009   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi John,

I always clean install.

Any reason why you want to use GParted?

Vista Disk Management will do the job - assuming Vista is on the first partition now.
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16 May 2009   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hello SIW2,

When this frenzy first started and I wanted to do a dual boot I tried shrinking my Vista install using Windows and it would only give me a tiny amount, nowhere near enough to put the beta on.

Maybe I was going about it the wrong way.

Anyway I used gparted and it worked ok.

Thanks for the gift, John
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16 May 2009   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Ah, yes , sometimes system files are far along the drive - Disk Management won't move them and only reports a small amount of shrink available.

3rd party programs can move those.

If Disk Management reports there is enough space, I always use that, and only resort to 3rd party apps. for things Disk Management can't do.

I see why you want to try the upgrade, but I always clean install - unexpected problems are not unusual following upgrade installs - more so with beta o/s.

First, you might want to make another partition on the right of the drive, then make an image of your existing 7100 partition and store it on there. ( Use an external HD if you have one).

You can always restore the image in a few minutes by using the imaging apps. boot disc - just in case something goes wrong.

If you use the normal or best compression levels for the image, it takes up less than half the used space of the source partition.
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16 May 2009   #9

Windows 7 Professional x86
 
 

Seeing as I'm doing a clean install on another fresh partition but keeping my files on the other partitions is it possible to extract the iso and install directly with the setup exe rather than burning the install on a CD or onto a USB stick?

I did this when upgrading from vista to 7100... but then I was installing on the same partition..

Could I extract the iso to the new partition and do it that way?
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16 May 2009   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You can certainly extract the install.wim with imagex , if that's what you mean.

Probably easier to run it from a virtual drive. Create and format the new partition first. Then install PowerIso ( free version will do it ) on your existing 7100 partition .

Get it to set 1 virtual drive :

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Mount the .iso in the drive and run the installation - you will be able to select the partition to install during the installation process.

The unregistered (free) version will not let you edit large files, but you can use it to mount and run as well as burn - so you only need the unregistered version to install from

http://www.poweriso.com/download.htm


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