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Windows 7: Changing c: partition with a new disk


17 Dec 2012   #1

windows 7 Home Premium Build 7601
 
 
Changing c: partition with a new disk

Hello.

My PC setup as HD concerns is:

- First HD with 8 partitions, including C: that is system, boot, active
- Second HD with one partition

Everything is working fine.

Except that the loading of OS (windows 7) is very slow.

So I decided to buy an SSD drive and I want that this drive becomes c: and ,after that, delete the former c: to gain space.

Please tell me the best way to do this.

I have tried several options sometime from now but I always end with a non functional system.

Please excuse for my not so good english.

Thank you.

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17 Dec 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

#1 Do you have a windows 7 install dvd ? and an activation code ?

Are you saying you want to carry over your current image of windows 7 ( problems included ) onto your new ssd ?

Or do you want to do a clean install on the ssd ?
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17 Dec 2012   #3

windows 7 Home Premium Build 7601
 
 

Yes I have.

I want to carry over to new ssd disk.
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17 Dec 2012   #4

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For better help with problems, Can you post your specs.
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Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

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17 Dec 2012   #5

windows 7 Home Premium Build 7601
 
 

Thank you.

I will arrive home next wednesday and I will do what you suggest.
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17 Dec 2012   #6

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Post screenshot of disk management please. Do you have an external disk with free space to make a backup of C?
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17 Dec 2012   #7
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I would either use SSD - Install and transfer the Operating System or an imaging app like free Macrium - Image your system or the superb premium Acronis app which comes free with any WD or Seagate HD int he mix, to transfer the C partition only to the SSD.

Even better is to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which steps are the same for retail.

Install the OS, Programs, paging file and hibernate file (if you prefer that modern feature) to SSD on C for best performance. Copy your User folders to a new data partition on your HD then link them to the new Windows 7 on SSD by rightclicking each to link to the related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums.

By copying your User folders to a new partition on the old OS HD, or to another HD partition, you can eventually delete the old Windows 7 partition which is the correct way to delete an OS.

Make sure the HD"s are unplugged when you install or image Windows 7 onto the SSD.
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18 Dec 2012   #8

windows 7 Home Premium Build 7601
 
 

theog - updated my profile with my specs and uploaded capture jpg file of disk management.


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18 Dec 2012   #9

windows 7 Home Premium Build 7601
 
 

Kaktussoft - I have an USB3 disk with 800G free; uploaded capture jpg file of disk management.
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18 Dec 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Why is the HD in Disk 0 Dynamic, which is only meant to span a partition across multiple HD's? I would convert it to Basic using partition wizard 4.2 free.zip - Windows Live which is the last free PW version that offers this feature: How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard

I don't know how the partition jam you have on Disk1 affects Windows 7 boot but I would want to wipe the HD with Diskpart Clean Command to Clean Reinstall with a more traditional partition structure to see if that solves the problem.

To add an SSD, unplug all other HD's during install following the Best Practices given in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

Afterwards I would wipe the data HD then copy the User folders from backup to it, rightclick each to link to related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums.

A better way to organize yourself than a zillion partitions is to sort everything into the standard User folders (Docs, Pics, Music, Downloads, Desktop, etc) but if your SSD is small you may want to link them as described from HDD .
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