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Windows 7: how do i install windows7 on an old hard drive with alot of data?

17 Nov 2014   #1
irons

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how do i install windows7 on an old hard drive with alot of data?

Can i install windows7 on an old hard drive with alot of data and no previous operating system, without deleting or harming that data (many folders of office files, music, pics and so forth)?


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17 Nov 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Can i install windows7 on an old hard drive with alot of data and no previous operating system, without deleting or harming that data (many folders of office files, music, pics and so forth)?
You can't install Windows on the same partition as the data without wiping out the data.

But you could do this:

Shrink the partition containing the data if it isn't full.

That would create "unallocated space".

Then make a new partition from that unallocated space.

Then install Windows to the new partition.

Whether it's practical in your case depends on full the drive is. If it's a 500 GB partition, with only 10 GB free, you couldn't shrink it enough to hold Windows.

But if it's a 500 GB partition with only 200 being used, you could shrink by 300, make a 300 GB new partition, and install to it.

But-----fiddling with partitions has some risk to the data. You are best advised to back the data up to some other drive first.

Best tool for the job is probably Partition Wizard.
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17 Nov 2014   #3
irons

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thank u vary much 4 your help.
its a 1 tera HDD with about 400 gb left free. but how can I manage it and do partitions and back it up if i dont have windows on it?
I had an old HDD with windows7, that was next to the current data HDD, but it is dead with many bad sectors....
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17 Nov 2014   #4
ignatzatsonic

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Bootable Partition Manger | MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition

You can download Partition Wizard bootable version from above link.

Burn it to a disc.

Boot from that disk and shrink the partition as much as you need for Windows.

I'd still advise you to back your data up, but it's your call. PW is reliable but not foolproof.
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17 Nov 2014   #5
irons

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OK, will do that. really appreciate it!
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