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Windows 7: advise on what and how should i do?

07 May 2009   #1
tongteh

Windows Vista/Mac OS X(Leopard)
 
 
advise on what and how should i do?

alright, i just tested windows 64bit on my macbook and i must say it looks very promising(much better than the vista running on my desktop). i will try to make it simple, hope you guys can provide me a solution..

I have 3HDD on my desktop, HDD(1), have four partition and my windows vista is installed into one of them. HDD(2) have another 4 partition, and the last HDD(3) have 1 partition. i got a picture, if you don't understand what i mean.

from what i found, i know that it's better to have a fresh install of windows 7 and probably impossible to upgrade from vista. so my question, is it possible for me to fresh install windows 7 on HDD(1) without affecting rest of the partition on HDD(1)?? or is it possible to upgrade from vista? or what about installing windows 7 on HDD(3)?

ultimately, can i just format HDD(1)'s C; drive and install windows 7 and still look at files on HDD[1]'s partition(I; J; and K; Drive). what about other HDDs?? can i view my older files on them as well?? thank you very much for helping.




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07 May 2009   #2
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Windows installer will only affect the partition you choose to install it on.
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07 May 2009   #3
jfar

Vista Ult64, Win7600
 
 

Hi tongteh,I'd put it on your E harddrive,as it would seem to be the one with the least amount of hassle connected to it,imo.
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07 May 2009   #4
tongteh

Windows Vista/Mac OS X(Leopard)
 
 

so i have decided to format C; drive and install win 7 on it..

another quick question, my vista is currently 32bit, so if i want to make a change this time and try out 64bit, am i still able to read files on my previous HDD??
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07 May 2009   #5
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Youd need to do a clean install from 32-bit to 64-bit as you cant upgrade. So make sure any files you want to keep are backed up.
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07 May 2009   #6
tongteh

Windows Vista/Mac OS X(Leopard)
 
 

clean install meaning i have to back up everything in HDD1?

can i just boot from CD, format C drive, install 64bit windows 7 and have all other drives viewable?
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07 May 2009   #7
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Yes you can and yes other drives should be useable. You will need to backup personal files before formatting.
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07 May 2009   #8
tongteh

Windows Vista/Mac OS X(Leopard)
 
 

;D thanks!!! just to make sure again, cause i am not sure if we are talking about the same thing..

Notice i have C(windows vista 32bit), I, J, K on HDD(1), if i format, C and install windows 7 64bit on C drive.. do i see my files on I, J, and K?

thanks for helping again and again!!! very much appreciated. sorry for being a trouble!!
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07 May 2009   #9
sevsman

Vista X64 ultimate/ 7 X64 Ultimate (7264)
 
 

Ok,

If you format C: and install 7 you will be able to view all files on any other partition regardless of whether they where created within a 32bit or 64bit install.

You will have to format that partition as you can not upgrade from 32bit to 64bit.
I know you know this but i thought the last poster was a bit confusing to people that don't find it as easy as him to understand...


*Edit*

Just to do the best thing possible you should move all your files and documents etc to one of your other partitions so you can do a format during the fresh install.

And don't worry about the formatting as it will only touch the partition that you point the installer at. All your other partitions will remain intact and 100% usable.

I hope this clears things up for you
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07 May 2009   #10
tongteh

Windows Vista/Mac OS X(Leopard)
 
 

YUP!!! THanks!! thanks for all the help guys!!
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