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Windows 7: Can I Move My Win7 OS partition to start of HDD?

09 Jan 2014   #1
subyroo

Dual Boot of WinXP Pro SP3 & Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
Can I Move My Win7 OS partition to start of HDD?

Here is a pic of my current HDD setup using Easeus Partition Mgr http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/9634/mkwf.jpg.


Disk 1 is a Western Digital Model WDC WD2500JB-22REA0 Size 250.0 GB DMA 100
Disk 2 is a Western Digital Model WDC WD6400AAKS-65A7B0 Size 650.0 GB SATA 3.0


Can somebody tell me how I go about moving my C:/ Drive & Win7 Ultimate 64bit OS to the partition where H:/ drive is currently located.



I have copied everything from the H:/ drive onto an external HDD using Frigate 3, I can now format partition H:/ without fear of losing anything (I think, unless I am missing something here).


The following folders:
My Documents
My Music
My Pictures
My Videos
were moved from the C;/ drive onto the H:/ drive when I installed Win7 Ultimate 64bit OS.


Here is my thought on the matter, I format the H:/ partition to NTFS and then extend the C:/ partition to take up the unallocated space.
Then I can re-create a new partition at the end of C:/ and use it for whatever I need.


Am I correct or will I run into problems?


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09 Jan 2014   #2
Kaktussoft

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D:torrents is ACTIVE why? It's not a bootable partition. Mark it INACTIVE
H: is marked system. It is ACTIVE and has the bootmanager and bootmenu. Is that what you want? Donư think so.
To move the bootstuff from H to C Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
Can you boot successfully afterwards?

Post partition screenshot afterwards.

As I read well all of H has been saved. You can delete partition H, then move C to the front of physical disk, then create H again.
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09 Jan 2014   #3
subyroo

Dual Boot of WinXP Pro SP3 & Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
D:torrents is ACTIVE why? It's not a bootable partition. Mark it INACTIVE
H: is marked system. It is ACTIVE and has the bootmanager and bootmenu. Is that what you want? Donư think so.
To move the bootstuff from H to C Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
Can you boot successfully afterwards?

Post partition screenshot afterwards.

As I read well all of H has been saved. You can delete partition H, then move C to the front of physical disk, then create H again.
G'day Kaktussoft,

Thanks for your reply.

1. I have moved the bootstuff from H:/ to C:/ using EasyBCD 2.2

2. I have de-activated D:/ drive. (It used to be my only HDD and D:/ was my C:/ with WinXP OS on it.)

3. I changed H:/ drive from Primary to Logical.

4. PC Rebooted as per normal.


New Partition screen capture.



Upon confirmation from you that everything looks Ok in the screen capture, I will Format H:/ and then reclaim it as C:/ then recreate H:/.
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10 Jan 2014   #4
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

H and G aren't adjacent in screenshot. You can't make H logical if all logical disks aren't adjacent to each other.
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11 Jan 2014   #5
subyroo

Dual Boot of WinXP Pro SP3 & Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
H and G aren't adjacent in screenshot. You can't make H logical if all logical disks aren't adjacent to each other.
I was impatient.
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11 Jan 2014   #6
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

Solved?
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11 Jan 2014   #7
subyroo

Dual Boot of WinXP Pro SP3 & Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Solved?
It is solved as of today, it took an hour or so overnight to move the C:/ drive partition to the head of the HDD and then to resize G:/ so I could recreate H:/.

I must say Easeus Partition Manager UI is much more user friendly than the Windows Drive Management UI for partitioning.

All looks good thus far, Thanks to your help and lesson hard learned re Logical Drives.
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