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Windows 7: I don't want to have two boot drives of Win 7 on the same computer.

24 Jun 2012   #1
jhmac77

win 7 and xp
 
 
I don't want to have two boot drives of Win 7 on the same computer.

Need to do Win 7 install on 50 gb partition and keep my 200+ win 7 install intact but don't want to use it as a boot and dont want to delete it just to get rid of Windows and boot. I want to use it just as a data drive. Dont want to have to activate the new small drive.



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24 Jun 2012   #2
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

jhmac,
submit following:
HOW TO POST A SNAPSHOT OF DISK MANAGEMENT DISPLAY
Run disk management:
WIN |
type DISKMGMT.MSC | ENTER
This method gives you a display without the unneeded navigation pane.
WIN=key with Microsoft logo on top.

Maximize the output of Disk Management:
ALT-Spacebar
key combo | X key (selects Maximize) |
Drag the field separators (such as between Status and Capacity) to show entire field.


Make a snapshot:
WIN |
type SNIPPING | ENTER | New
Drag the cursor around the area you want to snip.
File | Save as | select save location and name | Save


Post the snapshot:
Post a File or Screenshot in Seven Forums
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24 Jun 2012   #3
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

The correct way to uninstall Win7 is to delete it's partition in Disk Management. So if you can move your data off to external HD, another internal HD, DVD, or upload to 7gb free storage for each Windows Live ID on Skydrive.

Then boot the installer to delete all partitions and create new as you wish, follow these steps to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 - they're roughly the same steps for retail as for OEM.

If you can't move your files off then try shifting them to another data partition you create by gradually shrinking C until you can format it and reinstall. Use Partition Wizard resize function to do this: Partition Wizard Move/Resize Partition Video Help.

Or as a last resort if you still want to keep the old OS, when you shrink the new install partition and install on it then the installer will configure a Dual Boot with the old Win7 no matter what - although you can hide it in Startup and Recovery settings.

An easy way to link your files from the old partition is to rightclick on each User folder in new Win7 to add it to the relevant Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums. The old User folders will then appear whenever you open your Documents, Pictures, Music, Favorites, etc. - you'll have to add Downloads, though.
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24 Jun 2012   #4
jhmac77

win 7 and xp
 
 

My big drive is too big and takes forever to transfer to another hd if I had an empty one. Don't understand Karlsnooks response.
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24 Jun 2012   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

So do any of the other options I outlined interest you?

And can you post back the requested screenshot of your Disk Mgmt drive map and listings, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu?
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24 Jun 2012   #6
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

which part of this do you not understand:
HOW TO POST A SNAPSHOT OF DISK MANAGEMENT DISPLAY
Run disk management:
WIN |
type DISKMGMT.MSC | ENTER
This method gives you a display without the unneeded navigation pane.
WIN=key with Microsoft logo on top.

Maximize the output of Disk Management:
ALT-Spacebar
key combo | X key (selects Maximize) |
Drag the field separators (such as between Status and Capacity) to show entire field.


Make a snapshot:
WIN |
type SNIPPING | ENTER | New
Drag the cursor around the area you want to snip.
File | Save as | select save location and name | Save


Post the snapshot:
Post a File or Screenshot in Seven Forums
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jun 2012   #7
jhmac77

win 7 and xp
 
 

Where is my message??? I like small drives faster and can put most data on bigger drives!!!
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24 Jun 2012   #8
jhmac77

win 7 and xp
 
 

This is really out of order!
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24 Jun 2012   #9
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jhmac77 View Post
This is really out of order!
Help us here. What is out of order?
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24 Jun 2012   #10
jhmac77

win 7 and xp
 
 

everything!
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 I don't want to have two boot drives of Win 7 on the same computer.




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