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Windows 7: How do I move Windows 7 to another drive

15 May 2012   #11
ignatzatsonic

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Do you or don't you have another drive to which you can move your data from C?

Images contain EVERYTHING on a partition. In your case, 800 plus GB unless you reduce that.

So ordinary imaging is out unless you shrink C.

I think certain specialized apps can clone (not image) ONLY what you specify, which may be what you need. I can't recall who makes such an app--I'd look at Paragon, they tend to have the most exotic partition and cloning tools.

You'd almost certainly have to pay for that app.

What you want to do is easily done for no money, IF you can get your data off of C.

I assume you want to use your current hard drive to store all your data after you get the OS and applications moved to the SSD?


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15 May 2012   #12
bobka

Windows 7 64 Bit SP1
 
 

Last time I checked (about a year ago) paragon was offering free application. Maybe it is trimmed. I'll look again. My WD is my backup drive. It is 2 TB. I will probably erase the image file and create a second backup set that is most recent. I will then image or clone Drive C, launch SSD, and turn my HDD into storage drive. But before I do, I'll explore paragon options. I just didn't really want to have folders like Download and My Documents on SSD, as now I will need to make shortcuts instead, unless there is a way to point the folder to another drive.
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15 May 2012   #13
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

This tutorial explains how to move your user folders to another location.

User Folders - Change Default Location
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15 May 2012   #14
bobka

Windows 7 64 Bit SP1
 
 

Very great. Thank you very much for all the information. I will report on the success of my endeavor once my drive arrives. In the mean time, I will backup everything again.
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15 May 2012   #15
ignatzatsonic

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Paragon has many apps. Some are free. But the "clone only what you want to" feature (if they offer it at all) would be found only on certain apps.

If I understand you correctly, you have a 2 TB external.

I'd just move my data to that.

Then shrink C down to less than SSD size--say 125 or 100.

At that point, you could use either cloning or imaging to get what's left of C over to the SSD. I'd probably image as I am more familiar with it.

You'd store the image of C on the external and then install the SSD and restore from the external.
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15 May 2012   #16
bobka

Windows 7 64 Bit SP1
 
 

I need about 60Gig for my WoW game. Is that doable to have 68 Gig for Windows Drive?
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15 May 2012   #17
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobka View Post
I need about 60Gig for my WoW game. Is that doable to have 68 Gig for Windows Drive?
I'm not sure I understand the question.

Windows 7 alone takes no more than 20 GB.

You will have a 128 GB SSD with about 119 usable.

So you will have 119 minus roughly 20 aka 99 GB for apps/games/whatever, after Windows is installed.

Evaluate your current setup and make a judgement.
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15 May 2012   #18
bobka

Windows 7 64 Bit SP1
 
 

You said I should shrink the C: down to 100. I got confused. I assume I can always expand the partition if I have unallocated space after moving the clone.
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15 May 2012   #19
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobka View Post
You said I should shrink the C: down to 100. I got confused. I assume I can always expand the partition if I have unallocated space after moving the clone.
Yes, you can.

The shrink needs to be to a number equal to or less than the SSD. 100 is OK. 60 is OK. 115 is OK.

Try to shrink with Windows Disk Management. It may bitch and say you can't shrink below 150 or 200 GB.

If that happens you go to plan B: use Partition Wizard bootable disk to do the shrink. It is more flexible and won't bitch.
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15 May 2012   #20
bobka

Windows 7 64 Bit SP1
 
 

Ok, will do.
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