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Windows 7: Windows Easy Transfer problem.

07 Mar 2012   #11
Sparrky

Windows 32 XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Partition or Volume - Create New

Above is a link about creating a new partition, but.............

You say you have 180 GB of stuff to transfer. That would mean that your new partition would have to be at least 180 GB in size.

You may or may not be able to create a 180 GB partition--that depends on the size of your current hard drive and how much free space you have on C. Ideally, you shrink your current C by say 190 or 200 GB, make a new partition from that freed-up space, move your 180 GB of data to that new partition, and then reinstall Windows 7 to the shrunken C.

You have not filled out your system specs or posted a picture of Disk Management, so no one knows the details of your situation.
Here's a photo of my Disk Management.



As you can see,I cleared out quite a bit of space (about 70GB?).

It has to be atleast the same size,right?

My C drive has 117GB used,and 180GB of free space left.

Am I able to make a partition now?

Also,tell me if my picture is too big or something,the screenshot guide page wouldn't load for me.


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07 Mar 2012   #12
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If the data is important enough to want to transfer it, then you should invest in a backup drive and do it right. Get an external drive and manually copy your important data to it. Then you can install Windows 7 on your internal drive with no worries. Don't trust a wizard to know what is important to you. No one should know what is important better than you, or where it is stored.
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07 Mar 2012   #13
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sparrky View Post

My C drive has 117GB used,and 180GB of free space left.

Am I able to make a partition now?

If you aren't going to get another hard drive, here is the best you can do:

Decide how much of that 117 GB on C is personal data that you want to save.

Suppose data is 60 GB. You then would have to create a partition of at least 60 GB in size out of the 180 GB of free space that you have. Then format the partition and give it a drive letter, such as D.

Then copy the 60 GB of personal data from C to D with the mouse.

Then install Windows 7 to the C drive, leaving untouched the D drive which now has your personal data on it.

When you are done, you will have C and D, with all data on D.

You might be able to shrink C enough with Disk Management or you may have to use a tool such as Partition Wizard. All you can do is try Disk Management and see how much it will let you shrink C.

You have limited options since you have only 1 drive and it is rather small.

In your situation, I would probably try to eventually shrink C to maybe 60 or 80 GB, and have a D of 220 to 240 GB, with all data on D, none on C.

Alternatively, you could probably eventually get back to a single C partition, no D partition, with all data on C.

The choice depends on how much data you have, how big C must be to hold all your programs, and the anticipated growth rate of both C and data.

You may have to resize your partitions several times in order to move your data around as necessary, depending on whether you want to finally end up with C only or C and D.


The preferable method is to take Deacon's advice and get another drive. It would make the process much simpler and also give you a place to backup your data.
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07 Mar 2012   #14
Sparrky

Windows 32 XP
 
 

Quote:
If you aren't going to get another hard drive, here is the best you can do:

Decide how much of that 117 GB on C is personal data that you want to save.

Suppose data is 60 GB. You then would have to create a partition of at least 60 GB in size out of the 180 GB of free space that you have. Then format the partition and give it a drive letter, such as D.

Then copy the 60 GB of personal data from C to D with the mouse.

Then install Windows 7 to the C drive, leaving untouched the D drive which now has your personal data on it.

When you are done, you will have C and D, with all data on D.

You might be able to shrink C enough with Disk Management or you may have to use a tool such as Partition Wizard. All you can do is try Disk Management and see how much it will let you shrink C.

You have limited options since you have only 1 drive and it is rather small.

In your situation, I would probably try to eventually shrink C to maybe 60 or 80 GB, and have a D of 220 to 240 GB, with all data on D, none on C.

Alternatively, you could probably eventually get back to a single C partition, no D partition, with all data on C.

The choice depends on how much data you have, how big C must be to hold all your programs, and the anticipated growth rate of both C and data.

You may have to resize your partitions several times in order to move your data around as necessary, depending on whether you want to finally end up with C only or C and D.
I'm gonna try the 'make a new partition' thing.

So,I've downloaded Partition Wizard and I've made a partition O.

Problems are:

1)I can't see it in My Computer.

2)The important files (ones I want to transfer) are 53GB in total,I want to make the O partition 60GB,but I can't move it past 7MB?

I'd greatly appreciate your help.
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07 Mar 2012   #15
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You should be using the bootable disk version of Partition Wizard. Is that what you downloaded and burned to a disc?

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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07 Mar 2012   #16
Sparrky

Windows 32 XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
You should be using the bootable disk version of Partition Wizard. Is that what you downloaded and burned to a disc?

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
Don't see a reason why I should burn it to a disc,it's just a program.

I've managed to shrink the C drive by 60GB and I've made a new drive O.

Clicked Apply,Apply changes and then I get an error message saying:

'Operation "Resize Partition" cannot be completed because drive C: is being used now.'

Then it gives me a list of options,to restart,cancel or retry.

I've restarted and it enters the resizing mode,before the startup,but it stops at 21% and says there's an error.

How can I resize drive C,and make the new drive,without getting errors?
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08 Mar 2012   #17
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sparrky View Post
Don't see a reason why I should burn it to a disc,it's just a program.
It is just a program, but it comes on a bootable disc for a reason. Every try to change the oil in your car while you are driving? Wouldn't it make perfect, logical sense to make changes to your system volume from outside the OS?

In fact, later in your post, you were given the very reason why ignatzatsonic suggested using the bootable disc.

Sorry if I am coming across as rude, but there's been a rash of people copping an attitude towards those who are trying to help. ignatzatsonic isn't being paid to be here. We're all volunteers. Work with us, instead of against us.
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08 Mar 2012   #18
gregrocker

 

You can upload up to 15gb of data free to Skydrive with each Windows Live (e.g. Hotmail) ID. I would move the files you need the most to the cloud now - it's the modern way.

You want the PW boot disk for rescue purposes.

Remember that backing up data to the partition you shrink and create is not a safe backup method. It can be lost during install, starting with the possibility that you might accidentally click on it when choosing your install partition. Beware!
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17 Mar 2012   #19
Sparrky

Windows 32 XP
 
 

Wow,thanks for all of your advices!

I've managed to install it and I would just like to thank you!
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