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Windows 7: Move partition to the front of the disk (the fastest part)?

11 Jan 2011   #1
Bodmil

Windows 7 64bit and Vista 64bit
 
 
Move partition to the front of the disk (the fastest part)?

Atm I have 500GB array from two 250GB in raid0 with Vista on it... its using up about 90GB of space (leaving around 375GB free) and I want to shrink the partition to say 100GB (see below). Then I want to reformat the unallocated space (~350GB) to be used by my Windows 7 install on my SSD. I know you can use the Disk Management in device manager to do all this but I want the 350GB free space partition to be at the front of the disk (the fastest) and have the old 100GB Vista partition right at the end (in the slowest part I guess, which its ok cos I will rarely boot into it). Is this possible?

About above... just wondering when I shrink the partition to 100GB even though it is only using 90GB is 10GB a good enough buffer for windows to not spaz out? Or is it even too much can I get away with just 2-3GB buffer... I wont be installing or writing anything new to it. It will be mainly just for reading data and booting.


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11 Jan 2011   #2
Bodmil

Windows 7 64bit and Vista 64bit
 
 

Coool thanks they do a trial version should be good enough?

Btw I heard that you need 12.5% free space for the MFT zone is this true? It would be around 13GB for me.
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11 Jan 2011   #3
Bodmil

Windows 7 64bit and Vista 64bit
 
 

Cool thanks once again. Forgot to say its vista not win 7 if its ok. Btw what would you say is the absolute bare minimum GB I could leave free? Just 1GB?
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11 Jan 2011   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you move the Vista partition away from the front, it may not boot any more if it contains the MBR. But you can create a small 100MB partition at the front and put the MBR there.
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11 Jan 2011   #5
Bodmil

Windows 7 64bit and Vista 64bit
 
 

Joules no I meant free space in windows partition like what is the bare
Minimum free I could leave? I no u said 10gb as a guide but just want to see what min is thanks

At whs now im confused will acronis do this by default? The array is raid0 also.
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11 Jan 2011   #6
Bodmil

Windows 7 64bit and Vista 64bit
 
 

yeah i will sorry for that and thanks. here in the uk its 6pm lol
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11 Jan 2011   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Bodmil, welcome to Seven Forums!

You may care to have a look at this tutorial at the link below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

System Reserved : Create for Dual Boot


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If you move the Vista partition away from the front, it may not boot any more if it contains the MBR. But you can create a small 100MB partition at the front and put the MBR there.
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