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Windows 7: Clean install, creating Users folder on another drive, advice please


23 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
Clean install, creating Users folder on another drive, advice please

Hi, I'm going to perform a clean OS install, and this time I want to create the Users folders on a separate drive to my OS and Programs folders. I've read through the site tutorial on this and though I think I can do it, I'd like to confirm something.

When comes time to enter the script for the System Preparation Tool, my entry in line 4 'processor architecture' will be Intel64, not AMD64? My processor is an Intel I7. Is that exactly how I should type it?

Also, I can copy that script to a thumb drive and copy it off there during installation?

Thanks.

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23 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

I didn't get far. At 'Where do you want to install Windows' I get the message 'windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk has an mbr partition table. On efi systems windows can only be installed on GPT disks.'
I have had Windows 7 installed on the disk up until a few minutes ago. What has changed?
Should I begin another thread for this issue?
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23 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

Alleyoop, AMD64 is the 64bit architecture, even for intel chips (yes i know confusing).
If you booted using Uefi it will force GPT over MBR (which may be what caused that error)
In regards to having your user folders in a different location it is possible but its a pain.
You can also move program files BUT it causes system instability and you would be surprised on how many installers force installing to C:\Program Files
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23 Apr 2012   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

alleyoop,
First let's get you installed.

We have several tutorials on installing, covering all possibilities.

Personally, I always make a 100% clean install.

As far as moving the folders, I do such all of the time.

Do NOT move the program folders or program data folders.

Move such folders as Music, Videos, Pictures, Documents.

Helpful would be for us to know the sizes of the two disks that you will be using.

Put Windows, all programs and program data on one disk. After that, it's your call but there is no sense in putting small folders such as bookmarks on your larger drive.
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23 Apr 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Thanks, understood on the AMD64.
It's not ultra necessary for me to move the User files, I just don't want to store any data on the SSD boot, but it's not the type of computer where I'll have lots of My Music and My Pictures etc., I should be able to keep it light. Maybe I should just leave Users on C.
Booted using EFI? I just booted from the Windows 7 install disk, didn't think I'd missed an option. How can I rectify?
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23 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

Alleyoop, one option is just add the directory you want to keep your music and movies on to your "library" much like I have

in regards to the installing part, you may have to remove all partions from your disk.... I had to when I reformatted my laptop earlier.
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23 Apr 2012   #7

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alleyoop View Post
Thanks, understood on the AMD64.
It's not ultra necessary for me to move the User files, I just don't want to store any data on the SSD boot, but it's not the type of computer where I'll have lots of My Music and My Pictures etc., I should be able to keep it light. Maybe I should just leave Users on C.
Booted using EFI? I just booted from the Windows 7 install disk, didn't think I'd missed an option. How can I rectify?
Clean Install Windows 7

At the end of that tutorial, you find links for many special cases and situations.

Those tutorials are solid as a rock.
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23 Apr 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
alleyoop,
First let's get you installed.

We have several tutorials on installing, covering all possibilities.

Personally, I always make a 100% clean install.

As far as moving the folders, I do such all of the time.

Do NOT move the program folders or program data folders.

Move such folders as Music, Videos, Pictures, Documents.

Helpful would be for us to know the sizes of the two disks that you will be using.

Put Windows, all programs and program data on one disk. After that, it's your call but there is no sense in putting small folders such as bookmarks on your larger drive.
Yes, let's!

I was following one of the Tutorials.

I was doing a clean install.

Don't want to move Program folders.

My boot drive is a 120gb SSD, data drive is 2tb mechanical. I entered specs in my profile today.

Thanks for the help .

Edit: That's the Tut I was following. I was up to Step 8 when I got the 'Windows cannot be installed' message
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23 Apr 2012   #9

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Follow the tutorial to make a clean install.

Read and reread the tutorial. Print the tutorial out if you don't have the luxury of having a 2nd computer connected displaying the procedure for you.
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23 Apr 2012   #10

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

don't know if the tutorial mentions such, but you can avoid possible problems by disconnecting the 2 TB drive while installing and after the install is finished, power off and reconnect the 2 TB.
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