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Windows 7: Moving Windows 7 to another partition

11 Sep 2010   #31
magnetite

Windows 7 64-bit Professional SP1
 
 

Done. Old drive is now marked as inactive.


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11 Sep 2010   #32
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

One two questions.



Over 1TB of data you don't want to lose is interspersed with a Windows 7 in the "Disk 0 / D:" partition isn't it?

Do you think it could be moved to the "Disk 1 E:" for safe-keeping for a while so you could get ready to remove the OS off of D: using something like the "Move To" option in this tutorial.

Context Menu - Add Copy To Folder and Move To Folder
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11 Sep 2010   #33
magnetite

Windows 7 64-bit Professional SP1
 
 

Around 1.5 TB on the old drive. I have several partitions I could move it to. I also have this other external drive (Lacie 1 TB), but it's on it's death bed, so I didn't want to risk it. It's been making the click of death.
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11 Sep 2010   #34
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Everything is sorted as to having a Windows 7 functioning (booting) on its own and there is no hurry to decide right this very minute what to do.


Do you (you should) still have a dual boot menu at PC start-up?
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11 Sep 2010   #35
magnetite

Windows 7 64-bit Professional SP1
 
 

Seems I didn't do the dual boot option. Anyways, I might have found a way to safely get the files off. It seems that since these are backup files, I could delete the backups and copy the original files back after I format the partition.

Might take a while, but at least I won't lose anything.
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11 Sep 2010   #36
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

"Might take a while, but at least I won't lose anything."





Better safe than sorry; don't be concerned about the "dual boot" issue, that's not what you want anyway, I just thought it would make it easier to move some of the data; the "Move To" in the tutorial is a snap to move stuff around in Windows Explorer.
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11 Sep 2010   #37
magnetite

Windows 7 64-bit Professional SP1
 
 

Think I'm going to make it. Must have got lucky because I'll have enough space to delete the Windows install and move all the data back onto the partition.
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11 Sep 2010   #38
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Sounds good, be sure to keep us informed.
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11 Sep 2010   #39
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Unplug the 2tb HD during install so that it doesn't configure a dual boot. When you plug it back in we can help you force-delete the Win7 folders so you can use it solely as a data drive. If you have some reason you need to boot it, use the BIOS one-time Boot Menu key until you delete the old Win7.
You did not want to create a Windows dual boot menu if you want to get rid of the old Win7. Instead boot it temporarily now by tapping at bootup the one-time Boot Menu key (ESC or F8 on most Asus mobo) given on first boot screen to choose the 1tb HD to boot.

Can you browse, copy or move D files now from your new C:Win7 installation?

If so when ready to remove the old WIn7 please post back a screenshot of the contents of D partition so we can help you delete the OS folders while extracting any needed User files from them.

We will also need to help you find a way to mark D inactive or else swap its DISK slot with the C drive because otherwise during repairs the System MBR will be recovered into D as the first active partition. If DISKPART is not working, try using Partition Wizard bootable CD as Wolfgang suggests.
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11 Sep 2010   #40
magnetite

Windows 7 64-bit Professional SP1
 
 

Everything is almost off the 2 TB hard drive now. All I need to do is format the partition when all these files are copied over.
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