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Windows 7: Moving Windows 7 to another partition

09 Sep 2010   #1
magnetite

Windows 7 64-bit Professional SP1
 
 
Moving Windows 7 to another partition

I originally had Vista on this machine and did an upgrade install. However, I find the system is unusually slow (more than Vista I think). Maybe it's the hardware. This machine is about 4 years old, although it is well maintained.

Anyways, I was wondering if there was a way to make a new partition and copy my old Windows 7 install onto it without losing all my data. This hard drive is 2 TB and it has about 400 GB of free space, and I don't have a big enough hard drive to back it all up.

So I basically just need to copy the Windows 7 install (programs & Windows 7 installation files), not all my video files I have stored on here. Is that possible without losing my data?


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09 Sep 2010   #2
gregrocker

 

Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map with listings, using SNipping Tool in Start Menu.

Moving Win7 to another partition won't affect performance noticeably and can cause new problems.

The problem is likely the inferior Upgrade install. You need to clean reinstall to a wiped/formatted partition at the beginning of your HD.

YOu should always back up your data or risk loss due to HD failure, however if you place the data in another partition, then you can boot the Win7 DVD and as long as you are certain that you are choosing only the first target partition for install the data should be there when you finish.
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09 Sep 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hmm, that triggers a few points:

1. moving your system to a new partition on the same drive is not going to help with performance.
2. if your user data is in the OS partition and not in a seperate partition, you would have to move the whole thing - and for that you do not have enough free space
3. if you seriously want to persue that, I suggest you seperate the data into a seperate partition so that you have a more reasonable size OS partition. For that you will need the help of a good size external disk.
4. your performance problems probably have another cause. Maybe you can be more specific on that point and we can see what should be done.
5. if you really, really want to cure the problem, I would spend $100 on a SSD and install the OS there. That would make a world of difference.

If you want to persue any of these ideas, post back and we can develop a plan of attack.
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10 Sep 2010   #4
magnetite

Windows 7 64-bit Professional SP1
 
 

I have a SSD, but it's on my main system. Performance is very fast on that system. This is my older system. Since they don't sell external hard drives around 2 TB that I could afford I'll probably just wait until they come down in price and do it then. I guess for now, I'll keep my data on my current drive. Thanks for looking into this though. Probably was the upgrade install.
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10 Sep 2010   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello magnetite, welcome to Seven Forums!



Will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that, it should look similar to this.


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10 Sep 2010   #6
magnetite

Windows 7 64-bit Professional SP1
 
 

Okay, here's a screenshot of my Disk Management.


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10 Sep 2010   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again.



I see you have a an issue with which Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is marked as "Active" and that could cause boot issues if you want to pursue a future re-install/install of Windows, it is a fairly straight-forward process to correct.

You said you don't want to have to reinstall all your programs/apps to a new Windows 7 install; how involved do you want to get in doing this?
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10 Sep 2010   #8
magnetite

Windows 7 64-bit Professional SP1
 
 

As long as I don't have to lose 1.5 TB of data, I'm okay with it.
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10 Sep 2010   #9
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by magnetite View Post
As long as I don't have to lose 1.5 TB of data, I'm okay with it.


This is the Disk 0 / C: HDD?
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10 Sep 2010   #10
gregrocker

 

You really need an external or secondary HD to move the data off of one of the HD's so you can wipe it to clean reinstall. Or send the data over the network to another computer.

But if you really want to clean reinstall to the 2tb, you can use free Partition Wizard bootable CD to Resize C from the left side (preferred lower address) to make room for a clean Win7 install to the new partition. Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Afterward you can delete Windows files in the old partition to use it as a data partition. Here is how to link your Win7 User folders to another partition: User Folders - Change Default Location

Edit: The only hitch with this is that the new Win7 install will auto-configure a Dual boot with the old Win7 OS unless it is removed or disabled from the data partition just before install. I can test exactly how to do that if you want. You could also force delete old Win7 files from data partition afterward then remove Dual Boot using EasyBCD 2.0 if you'd like the Dual Boot option until it is sorted.
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