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Windows 7: Windows Easy Transfer problem.

06 Mar 2012   #1
Sparrky

Windows 32 XP
 
 
Windows Easy Transfer problem.

Hi,I have been trying to upgrade to windows 7,but then it said to transfer first.
I tried that,but I have over 180gb of stuff to transfer,and I don't know what do I use to transfer(definitely not a CD or anything)
Also,I'm using the same computer to upgrade from XP>W7.


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06 Mar 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

In my experience, Windows Easy Transfer isn't particularly reliable.

I'd suggest you use manual methods---back up your email, bookmarks, and data to another drive, install Windows 7, and then restore from the backup drive.
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06 Mar 2012   #3
Sparrky

Windows 32 XP
 
 

What if I have only one drive?
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06 Mar 2012   #4
ignatzatsonic

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If you have only one drive and don't back up, that means you enjoy living dangerously. I don't.

I think if you do an "upgrade" install from Vista, Windows is supposed to save your old "user" folder in a folder called "Windows.old".

However, I wouldn't trust it.

Since you enjoy living dangerously, you may decide to trust it and hope it works.

If you are contemplating a "clean" install, you pretty much have to back up your stuff to some other location--which could be hard drive, a USB drive, DVD discs, or even on-line storage.

If I recall correctly, if you are moving from XP to Windows 7, you MUST do a clean install--rather than an upgrade install.
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06 Mar 2012   #5
Sparrky

Windows 32 XP
 
 

I see.

Still,without the drive,is there a way to transfer,other than that?

Also,I have XP,not Vista.
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06 Mar 2012   #6
ignatzatsonic

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Transfer from what to what?

You say you have only one drive. How would you transfer from drive C to drive C?

If you have XP, you need to do a clean install---which would overwrite your entire C drive.

That's no problem if you have nothing on C that you care about.

If you do care about certain things on C, such as personal data, mp3s, videos, bookmarks, etc, it's up to you to back that stuff up before you begin--otherwise that stuff will be LOST.

You could always make another partition on your only drive--and temporarily move important data to that new partition. I have no idea if you have enough free space to do that. If you did that, you would direct the clean install to the C drive and keep that new partition until the installation is complete.
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06 Mar 2012   #7
Sparrky

Windows 32 XP
 
 

I want to transfer stuff from drive C and my documents folder.

I have a bunch of stuff on drive C,but WET also wants to transfer the entire my documents folder,which isn't in drive C,is it?

The whole partition thing is unknown for me,so I have no idea how to do that,I just want to find a way to transfer my stuff somewhere so I can get Windows 7 and transfer it there then.
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06 Mar 2012   #8
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sparrky View Post

I have a bunch of stuff on drive C,but WET also wants to transfer the entire my documents folder,which isn't in drive C,is it?

I just want to find a way to transfer my stuff somewhere so I can get Windows 7 and transfer it there then.
You have to have a "somewhere" to transfer to and apparently you don't. You have to find a "somewhere" or lose what is on C, including My Documents.

I've already given you your choices: another hard drive, DVDs, a USB drive, online, or another partition on the existing drive.

My Documents is normally part of C, unless you deliberately moved it elsewhere.

Until you beg, borrow, buy, or steal a "somewhere", you are wasting your time thinking about a clean install of Windows 7. Unless you decide you don't care about anything on your hard drive.
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06 Mar 2012   #9
Sparrky

Windows 32 XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sparrky View Post

I have a bunch of stuff on drive C,but WET also wants to transfer the entire my documents folder,which isn't in drive C,is it?

I just want to find a way to transfer my stuff somewhere so I can get Windows 7 and transfer it there then.
You have to have a "somewhere" to transfer to and apparently you don't. You have to find a "somewhere" or lose what is on C, including My Documents.

I've already given you your choices: another hard drive, DVDs, a USB drive, online, or another partition on the existing drive.

My Documents is normally part of C, unless you deliberately moved it elsewhere.

Until you beg, borrow, buy, or steal a "somewhere", you are wasting your time thinking about a clean install of Windows 7. Unless you decide you don't care about anything on your hard drive.
Hmm,I see.

Can you explain the whole partition thing more?
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06 Mar 2012   #10
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

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.
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