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Windows 7: Move Windows 7 new to partition on same drive

25 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
Move Windows 7 new to partition on same drive

Hi

Bit stuck! I did what many others have done. I installed Win 7 on a partition on the same drive as XP.

1 - XP was on C: Win 7 installed to F:

2 - I have removed XP from C:.

3 - Repaired Win 7. Win 7 boots fine.

Now I want to move Win 7 to the beginning of the drive but unsure how - as Acronis doesn't allow me to clone to the same drive - even though its another partition.

Is there any way round this?

Thanks in advance



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25 Nov 2009   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Is there a practical reason for this or is it just something you prefer to do?
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25 Nov 2009   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

The automated way to do this is to use a third party partition manager like Paragon (which can copy the MBR) or free Partition Wizard which has a bootable disk that is a valuable tool.

Right click on C: partition and delete so it is unallocated space.

Right click on Windows 7 F: partition and Resize it enough to fit in the old C: unallocated space.

Then right click on F: and Copy to deleted old C: space. Right click on F: to Delete original Windows 7 partition. Resize both remaining partions as desired. Apply all steps.

Now boot into the Windows 7 installer and run Startup repair 3 times as it will attempt multiple fixes before rewriting the MBR if required.
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26 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
Is there a practical reason for this or is it just something you prefer to do?
From what I understand, it will improve performance if the OS is located at the beginning of the disk.
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26 Nov 2009   #5

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

You need to recheck your sources... you will not be able to tell the difference... and the possibility of borking your boot loader, MBR, etc is not worth the hoops you would have to go through...
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26 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

You were right Tews

After countless repairs, booting several times with Windows 7 and Partition Wizard disks I eventually got to a point where I had Windows 7 loading to a blue screen. Also.. my Windows decided it was no longer Genuine! I'm sure I could of got out of this particular conundrum too, but I gave up.

I'm now reinstalling it - which I should have done yesterday.

It only takes 25mins and with Ninite Easy PC Setup and Multiple App Installer - Great For Win7 Upgrades installing all my favourite apps is pretty quick too!

Still it was an interesting experiment but one I won't repeat.

Cheers for the help anyway Greg
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26 Nov 2009   #7

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Im glad you have it sorted out.... now when its all setup the way you want it, make an image of your system drive and save it to a separate drive/partition...
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26 Nov 2009   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

It would have been easier if you didn't have that data partition in the middle of your old XP and new Windows 7, just sliding the Partition Wizard Resize border over onto the old space.

But copying is more complicated and doesn't always work on some hardware.

I always find the lessons learned make failure as valuable as success, especially when the fallback means a clean reinstall which is always the best option anyway!

Enjoy Windows 7! You've earned it.
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26 Nov 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Thanks again guys

One thing I did find though is that although Tews mentioned no noticeable performance increase my score has changed for the better in the Windows Experience Index so a reinstall was worth it.... that's my justification anyway and I'm sticking to it

And actually that's a pretty good score for an ASUS W3J that's pushing 3+ years. I knew at the time that spending 1200 on a laptop was a good idea.... I'm hoping to get 6 years out of it and unless quantum computing becomes more mainstream I think it might just make it!

Imaging will commence shortly.


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26 Nov 2009   #10
brj

Win7 Home Premium 32
 
 

hi giblet,

i had the same problem as well. and i solved it exactly as gregrocker said.
after copying Windows 7 to the beginning of the drive i maked the new partition as active.
i also neede several repair runs to fix all issues.

one issue remained unsolved: in system protection the old Windows 7 partition was still listed. i deactivated system protection for the old partition and activated it for the new one.

brj
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