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Windows 7: win7 on new HD and save data to 2nd HD?

13 Nov 2009   #1

 
 
win7 on new HD and save data to 2nd HD?

hi all,

have a new HD on which I will install Windows 7 home prem full version. The previous HD with vista and programs and data will become a 2nd HD on which I want to save data.
should I reformat that 2nd HD to clean it off or keep vista on it? Also how will I tell Windows 7 to save data on the 2nd HD instead of the first HD? link to tutorials? search didnt find anything specific tho I might not have used the rights search terms.

From what I read I unplug the current HD, install new HD, boot to that n install Windows 7.
the vista HD will show up as the 2nd HD...yes?

thanks,

Msongs

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13 Nov 2009   #2

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Yeah, I'd unplug the existing drive and then boot from the Win 7 install disc.

You tell Win 7 to save data on a particular drive by choosing that drive when you save a file.

Have you considered dividing your new disc into C for Win 7 and D for data, and then using the old drive as a backup disc for data?

Eventually, reformat the Vista disc, but you don't have to until you decide everything is cool with Windows 7.
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13 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by msongs View Post
hi all,

have a new HD on which I will install Windows 7 home prem full version. The previous HD with vista and programs and data will become a 2nd HD on which I want to save data.
should I reformat that 2nd HD to clean it off or keep vista on it? Also how will I tell Windows 7 to save data on the 2nd HD instead of the first HD? link to tutorials? search didn't find anything specific tho I might not have used the rights search terms.

From what I read I unplug the current HD, install new HD, boot to that n install Windows 7.
the vista HD will show up as the 2nd HD...yes?

thanks,

Msongs
Hello Msongs,

Do you want to be able to boot in Windows Vista while using Windows 7?
In that case use this tutorial: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

If you do not need anything from your old Vista installation, you can safely install your new HD, and start a clean install, and in the advanced disk options, remove the old vista partition, see this tutorial: Clean Install Windows 7

If you like to use some information from your Vista install, like bookmarks pictures and more, use Windows Easy Transfer, see this tutorial:
Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers

I strongly advise to do a clean install.

Have a nice day!

zx81
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