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Windows 7: Win 7/HDD setup- separate partition for data?

10 Jul 2011   #11
coldengrey

Windows Vista 32 bit
 
 

You guys have made my week ! What you guys do for the community is remarkable and I THANK YOU!
Been reading till wee hours for a week straight trying to prepare for this switch to windows 7 64 from vista 32...
This forum is a well-oiled machine for sure - kinda reminds me of going to a hospital ER, everybody swoops in to do their part trying to fix the patient.

Do have few other questions...
1) I'm currently on a vista 32 machine and will be using fresh hdd for win 7 64... The only backing up that'll really do any good is copying my user created data to external hdd, right? (since swith to 64 bit environment and leaving the old hdd in tact w/ vista)
1.1) Should I bother backing up image an or the like since I'll have the physical hdd, should I need to go back..?
2) Partition wizard for partition chores, huh? Will the free version do everything I need done or do I need pro? How about the boot cd they offer?


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10 Jul 2011   #12
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

1) You could use WET:
Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers

2) All partitioning can be done with the Windows 7 DVD.
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10 Jul 2011   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. Yes, backup your data yourself and do not rely on any "tools". Then at least you know what you have done.

1.1. An image of the existing system never hurts - just in case.

2. PW is an excellent program. But most of the basic partition work can be done with Disk Management. There are, however, a few cases where the PW can do more. Apart from the normal program installation, I highly recommendd the bootable CD. That allows you to "look" at your disks when everything comes to a screeching halt.
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10 Jul 2011   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
1) You could use WET:
Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers

2) All partitioning can be done with the Windows 7 DVD.
theog, WET can be a bitch - and it unneccessarily complicates an easy task of copying folders. Many people had trouble with it. I would not rely on it.
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10 Jul 2011   #15
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Very recently I gave WET a try again. Fortunately, I had already backed everything up. WET could not properly handle my redirected folders.
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10 Jul 2011   #16
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
1) You could use WET:
Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers

2) All partitioning can be done with the Windows 7 DVD.
theog, WET can be a bitch - and it unneccessarily complicates an easy task of copying folders. Many people had trouble with it. I would not rely on it.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Very recently I gave WET a try again. Fortunately, I had already backed everything up. WET could not properly handle my redirected folders.
I have used WET over a 1000 times, with no problems.
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10 Jul 2011   #17
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Congratulations!
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10 Jul 2011   #18
coldengrey

Windows Vista 32 bit
 
 

@karlsnooks
those programs listed in your sig, are those what you run on your system (utilities, anyways?)
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10 Jul 2011   #19
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Yes
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10 Jul 2011   #20
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

theog, but you and Orbital Shark are the WET experts. But why take a risk for such an easy task.
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