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Windows 7: Query about installing Windows 7 on D drive

25 Oct 2009   #1
SpikeKun

XP
 
 
Query about installing Windows 7 on D drive

Hello. I want to apologize first, for asking a question that may seem rather simple and silly to some. I'm not very technologically advanced so decided to ask before doing anything myself.

I have a 320 gb hardrive which is split into 2 partitions at the moment, C and D. Unfortunately, my C drive, which has Windows XP installed on it at the moment, is only 15gb. I know I need atleast 20GB for a Windows 7 64-bit installation.

As I don't have access to another drive or a large enough USB to back my files up in at the moment, I was wondering if I should just follow the guide here and install Windows 7 in my D drive instead. The thing I wanted to confirm was this:

I read in this thread that if I install Windows 7 on D drive, it'll read the drive it is installed on as C. Is that true? Because I was wondering if I could just install Windows 7 in D drive and then format C which has XP in it (but none of my data). Then I could rename the blank drive to D. Is this scenario possible? To cut a long story short, I want to install Windows 7 on my PC, get rid of XP, but my C drive is only 15gb and my D drive has all my data (movies, pictures, documents etc) in it.

Thanks in advance!


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25 Oct 2009   #2
Zen00

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The thing I would suggest is this.

1. Go buy a external backup drive. They're cheap, and everyone needs one. Trust me, it'll save your bacon one day.
2. Copy all your data on to that backup drive.
3. Install Windows 7 and use the custom install option to format all the drives.
4. Repartition your drives after the install to whatever sizes you need, I suggest 60 and 240.
5. Recopy your data to the main drive, so you have it in two places. In case one backup fails.

Tada!
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25 Oct 2009   #3
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

Great advise Zen on the backup drive.

SpikeKun, Welcome to the "Seven Forums."

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25 Oct 2009   #4
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zen00 View Post
The thing I would suggest is this.

1. Go buy a external backup drive. They're cheap, and everyone needs one. Trust me, it'll save your bacon one day.
2. Copy all your data on to that backup drive.
3. Install Windows 7 and use the custom install option to format all the drives.
4. Repartition your drives after the install to whatever sizes you need, I suggest 60 and 240.
5. Recopy your data to the main drive, so you have it in two places. In case one backup fails.

Tada!
I have the same situation with my C and D drives. The XP restore files are on D. I was just going to make the whole HD my C and put Windows 7 on. Why do I need to have a small D drive as you suggested above? Thanks,
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25 Oct 2009   #5
SpikeKun

XP
 
 

Ok, but besides getting a backup drive, I was just wondering what other options were. IS it possible to do what I asked though? As in install Windows 7 on D, which would make it the C drive by default and then formatting the original C to make it D?
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25 Oct 2009   #6
Zen00

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

bigmck: When I gave suggestions, I meant C: being 60gb.

Anyways, the partitions don't matter very much unless you're running in a multiple drive system. They just help prevent fragmentation.

SpikeKun: I think you can install Windows 7 on the D:, and then you can edit its master boot record so it will read the D: as the D: instead of the C:. I'd back up first just in case, so I don't run the risk of loosing the data in the install.
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