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Windows 7: Remove XP from dual boot


09 Nov 2009   #11

Windows 7
 
 

No, I have yet to do this. I have C:\Win 7 D:\XP Pro formatted and E:\XP Programs formatted (both now empty) and at this point I haven't decided my next move. I do have Acronis Disk Manager 10.9.2117 which is OK for Vista so maybe is OK for Win 7 also.
So there is about 50gb which I will probably add to my Backups partition G:\ and yes, I also have True Image and I have an image tucked away at this point!

quote If you want the Windows 7 partition moved into the lower address, use bootable Partition Wizard to move it over into the deleted XP space, mark it active then boot into Windows 7 installer and run Startup Repair 3 times to solve multiple issues. unquote

I'm not I fully understand 'moved into the lower address'. As I say C:\ is Win 7, but are you saying it may not be at the beginning of the disk?

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09 Nov 2009   #12

win7 ultimate / virtual box
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bertie11 View Post
I'm not I fully understand 'moved into the lower address'. As I say C:\ is Win 7, but are you saying it may not be at the beginning of the disk?
what does it look like in disk management ?

maybe post a screenie
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09 Nov 2009   #13

Windows 7
 
 

Here yuo go, hope it comes out OK!


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09 Nov 2009   #14
Microsoft MVP

 

Looking at your Disk Management map, your Windows 7 is indeed way over to the right side. You can leave it this way if you are satisfied with performance, however I prefer having the OS in the first partition closer to where the laser starts.

What I would do is move the F:Editing Stuff data into your Data partition, then boot into Partition Wizard disk and delete the D:XP partition, the empty E:Programs partition, and the F:Editing Stuff partition you have now vacated.

Then Copy your Windows 7 partition into the unallocated space from deleted D,E,F partitions which puts it in the first partition. After it is successfully copied into the unallocated space from the D,E,F partitions, delete the unneeded Windows 7 partition on the far right of the drive.

Then boot into your Windows 7 installer repair console and run Startup Repair 3 times to recover the boot if necessary.

Now you can use your Windows 7 Disk Management to change your partitioning as desired.

It is strongly suggested before doing such copying operations that you back up ALL of your files to an external drive or disk. Use Windows 7 Backup imaging to also save an image of your HDD which can be easily reimaged if anything fails.

And since you are backing the files up anyway in the Data partition, you also then have the flexibiility to use Partition Wizard to delete all of your data partitions and simply move the sole remaining Windows 7 partition over into the deleted data partitions space, by right clicking on it and choosing Resize/Move. Then boot into the Windows 7 installer and run Startup REpair 3 times if necessary. Now you can use Disk Management to create and populate your partitions as you please.
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10 Nov 2009   #15

Windows 7
 
 

I understand what you mean about the position on the disk now. When I installed the evaluation version of 7 it was convenient to create space in the largest partition-hence it became H.

To clarify your suggestion, do you mean physically move the contents of F: into G : (drag & drop)? If so, unless I've got it wrong, G: won't have enough space. F: has 73gb of data but G: only has about 25gb of free space.

Once that is clarified I will dig a bit deeper. As I already have Acronis Disk Manager I will instal that and see how it could handle your suggestion.
I appreciate your help here, the system seems to run quite happily but I might be able to squeeze a few more mph out of it!
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10 Nov 2009   #16

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

How do you want your HD to look when your all finished?

From reading through the thread, I'll take a guess.

Delete partitions D:\XP Pro and E:\XP Programs

Then,
Partition C:/Windows 7 first on the disk. Same size?
F:/Editing Stuff second. Same size?
G:/Data Backup last. 187GB + 44GB (from D and E partitions)= 231GB

Are your current backups on this HD in the G partition?
If you can, it's best to have your entire HD backed up to an external HD.
Moving all the partitions around will probably go smoothly, but it's best to be prepared for the worst.
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10 Nov 2009   #17

Windows 7
 
 

Absolutely right, that is what I would like to achieve!
I would like to keep C:\Win 7 at 100GB and I can be fairly flexible about the rest. I do have a USB Lacie drive with 257 GB free but I'm not sure whether there is enough free space to image the C:\, F:\ and G:\ partitions.
I have done some tidying up on the Lacie and F:\ so I've done another screenshot. I think Acronis True Image 2010 only images written data, not sectors and tracks with no data. Not sure about that so don't know how much space I will need on the Lacie..
I found that my Acronis Disk Director isn't compatible with Win 7 so I now have Easeus Partition Master, never used it before though.
Thanks.


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10 Nov 2009   #18

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First I would recommend to keep a backup of your Windows 7 OS on the external HD. If your OS HD fails you won't have a backup.

Do you have a backup for Windows 7 C:/ and Editing Stuff F:/ in the Data Backup G:/ now?

Run a new backup of Windows 7 C:/ to your external HD.
Copy or backup Editing Stuff F:/ to your external HD.

If you already had backups saved in G:/ and make another as mentioned above, then you'll have two backups of each and double safe.

Step one:
Delete partitions D:\XP Pro, E:\XP Programs and F:/Editing Stuff this will give you enough space to move Windows 7 C:/ to the front of the disk.

Step two:
Copy Windows 7 C:/ to the front of the disk in the unallocated space, make it 100GB if thats what you want it to be.
Delete the old Windows 7 C:/ at the back of the HD.

Test your Windows 7 OS, if it won't boot then run startup repair from your installation DVD three times to re-build your boot manager. Acronis should take care of this when you copy the OS partition to the front of the HD.

Step three:
Make a new partition with the 130GB unallocated space (use all the space) after the new Windows 7 C:/ partition. Copy or restore your F:/Editing Stuff there.

You will be left with 100GB unallocated space at the end (right) of the Data Backup G:/ you can extend G:/ into that space, will be the easiest, or move it and make F:/ bigger.

Let us know how it goes.
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10 Nov 2009   #19

Windows 7
 
 

ie dave76

Thanks for the concise instructions. All went well until I came to delete D: and E:.D was OK and gave me unallocated space but deleting E: didn't, it stayed green in disk management, so I only had the 30gb to restore into.
I did restore my Acronis image into the unallocated space and it booted up just fine, but I then had to use Easeus Partition Magic to extend the new C; to 100gb and extend the Data partition which is now E:.
To my jaundiced eye all seems well now, hope I'm right, here is the latest screenshot:


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11 Nov 2009   #20

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Your welcome,

Glad the partitions are moved where you want them.

All looks good. Everything in it's optimum position.

Let us know if you have other questions.
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