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Windows 7: Windows not easy transfer. Insufficient space ( xp to win7)

10 Apr 2014   #1
Viscount

Win 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 
Windows not easy transfer. Insufficient space ( xp to win7)

Hi all,

thank you for this great space to seek help.

my pc is currently in transition from xp home to win 7 prof 32

I have backed up my files and settings from xp to an external hard drive 455 gb. Files on two hard drives 320gb each. (second drive partitioned)

I have added an additional 2tb internal hard drive (partitions 2)
after installing win 7, when I tried to "easy transfer" back up of course insufficient space.

Can I reinstall my oem win 7 os then easy transfer to my two original hard drives?
Can I or should I reinstall to one of the 1tb partitions on the new drive?
Is there another solution or something else that I need to do?

thanks for your consideration.

cheers Glenn


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10 Apr 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Whatever you do, don't rely on Easy Transfer to work the way you want it to.

Have a Plan B to go to if it fails utterly. It's been known to.

Not sure I understand your situation, but all other things being equal I'd do a clean install to one of the partitions on the new hard drive.

Unless you have an unusual situation, I wouldn't divide a 2 TB drive into 2 equally sized partitions if I wanted to put Windows on one of the two. I'd either use a single partition of 2 TB for Windows, all applications, and all data or (more likely) a relatively small partition (say 80 to 200 or 300 MB) for Windows and all applications, and a much larger partition (the entire remainder, circa 1.6 TB or larger) for all of my personal data.

Frankly----I wouldn't even attempt to use Easy Transfer, having had that headache before.
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10 Apr 2014   #3
Viscount

Win 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 
not easy transfer

thanks ignatzatonic for your response.

Given that my initial back up with easy transfer was done with files collected off two hard drives and three partitions will easy transfer allow me to install it to a single drive with a different letter?
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10 Apr 2014   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Really, very confusing post

Why do you want to pull data back to your new install, I would just leave it on the other drives and clean them up.
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10 Apr 2014   #5
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

If you are going to do a clean install, you'll need to reinstall applications.

As I understand Easy Transfer, it supposedly will transfer personal data, user accounts, and certain configuration data related to applications from the registry. Not your applications per se.

Why bother with it at all when it's a dull cryptic tool that may or may not work as you want it to? Apparently it already is not working as you hoped it would.

Your data already exists on certain hard drives. You presumably intend to install Windows to some other hard drive, thereby not risking your data.

I'd plug in the new drive, disconnect all other drives, partition the new drive as I wanted, install to the new drive, install applications to the new drive, and then drag data back from your other drives to the new drive. That's a general recipe.

But I have no idea where you ultimately intend to house your data. On the new drive? On some other internal? On an external? Other? You haven't said what your intentions are for this big new drive.

Regardless, Easy Transfer would not be on my radar.
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10 Apr 2014   #6
Viscount

Win 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

Hi Addram,

sorry it is a confusing post.

I thought easy transfer was to assist in data images docs, files, transfer.

What would you like me clarify?

Happy that you have responded so quickly.
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10 Apr 2014   #7
Windows Sniper

Windows 8.1
 
 

Hi and Welcome to SF!

Very quickly, You are using ET to backup your old settings (XP C:\) to the new 2TB drive correct? (We shall call this D:\)

You are then installing Windows 7 onto a seperate drive (Calling it X:\)

So what you want to do is backup your files from C:\ and store them on the new drive D:\.

You then should disconnect all drives, except the one you wish to install windows 7 onto.


Once you have done this, you should first connect your D:\ drive, then you can use the ET in Windows7 to transfer the settings back from D:\ to you x:\


Instead of telling you why not to do things, here is a link showing you exactly how you should use the tool.

Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers

hope this helps some.
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10 Apr 2014   #8
Viscount

Win 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

Hi Window Sniper,

appreciate your welcome to a first time poster.

How do I wish I backed up my files to my 2tb new internal drive.

Instead WS, I used easy transfer to copy files and setting to an external hard drive with the expectation that after doing a clean install to my c:\ drive I would be able to transfer my files and settings.
My reading of Ignatzatsonic and yourself is that a good option would be disconnect original drives, do a clean install to the new 2tb drive then use the backed up files from easy transfer to restore my data, images docs etc.

cheers Glenn
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10 Apr 2014   #9
Windows Sniper

Windows 8.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Viscount View Post
Hi Window Sniper,

appreciate your welcome to a first time poster.

How do I wish I backed up my files to my 2tb new internal drive.

Instead WS, I used easy transfer to copy files and setting to an external hard drive with the expectation that after doing a clean install to my c:\ drive I would be able to transfer my files and settings.
My reading of Ignatzatsonic and yourself is that a good option would be disconnect original drives, do a clean install to the new 2tb drive then use the backed up files from easy transfer to restore my data, images docs etc.

cheers Glenn
Why don't you just copy the EasyTransfer file from your External to your 2Tb?

Oh and if you use that tutorial i linked, when you get to step 2. Click Customize underneath your user profile, you should then be able to choose what files you specifically want saved on your C:\ and what you want saved to your D:\..


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Microsoft,support.microsoft.com/kb/2735227
To select what to transfer, click Customize, and then click Advanced to change your selections. After you make selections, click Save.

Note To map user accounts or to map drives, click Advanced Options.
Click Transfer.
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10 Apr 2014   #10
Viscount

Win 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

Windows Sniper, that may be a good way to go.

When I did my original transfer I ended up with a 100 gb file on my c drive from the attempted transfer.
It ended up hanging with 1 minute to go. That was why I was looking at the install everything to the large drive.

If your way works then I could look at cleaning up my c:\ drive

cheers Glenn
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