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Windows 7: Installing New HD

30 Dec 2010   #1
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 
Installing New HD

My HD which has my C: Win 7 on it is giving my problems and I have decided to buy a new one and install Windows 7 on it. == I will install the new drive, boot with my old C:. My problem is how do I make the new drive my C: while the old one still is active as C: I am sure one of you have run across this. Thanks,


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30 Dec 2010   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You have to make the old one inactive and the new one active. It will become C automatically when it boots from there. You need, of course, change the boot order in the BIOS.

Use the bootable CD of this program for the operation. Go to the Partition tab > Modify.
BEST FREE Partition Manager Software for Windows supports all 32-bit & 64 bit Windows No-server OS.

I do not quite understand how you wil get Win7 on the new drive, but I assume you got that sorted out.
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30 Dec 2010   #3
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
You have to make the old one inactive and the new one active. It will become C automatically when it boots from there. You need, of course, change the boot order in the BIOS.

Use the bootable CD of this program for the operation. Go to the Partition tab > Modify.
BEST FREE Partition Manager Software for Windows supports all 32-bit & 64 bit Windows No-server OS.

I do not quite understand how you wil get Win7 on the new drive, but I assume you got that sorted out.
I really don't have anything sorted out. == If I make the old C: inactive, will the computer just shut down at that point? == I can boot from my old C: drive, but my problem is how to make the new drive a C: when I have a the old C: running. If I can change the letters on my new drive to C:, i can just reinstall Win 7. I understand how to make the partitions and physically change the letters, I am at a loss as to how to do it on the PC while it is running. == What will happen if I boot the old C: and then change the letter to W: or will it let me. I could then reinstall windows on the new C:
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30 Dec 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Once you installed Win7 on the new disk (however you do that is still beyond me from your info), power the system off and boot the CD of Partition Wizard that I linked above - thus no Windows will run. With that you can deactivate the old and activate the new. Then change the boot sequence in the BIOS and reboot.
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30 Dec 2010   #5
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Once you installed Win7 on the new disk (however you do that is still beyond me from your info), power the system off and boot the CD of Partition Wizard that I linked above - thus no Windows will run. With that you can deactivate the old and activate the new. Then change the boot sequence in the BIOS and reboot.
My plan was to change the old C: to a different letter and then reinstall Win 7 on the new C:. There is no way to install Win 7 before I make the old C: inactive or changed to a different letter.
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30 Dec 2010   #6
gregrocker

 

It's best to unplug the old HD to install Win7 to the new one.

If you have an Upgrade version. it may reject Product key during install since DVD will not see another OS on system - just leave it blank and after install do the quick registry workaround given here: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Then activate at Computer>Properties link.

After install, power down to plug back in old HD to copy over your data. You can boot it if need be using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key at bootup.

Here are some tips for getting a purrfect install: re-install windows 7
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30 Dec 2010   #7
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
It's best to unplug the old HD to install Win7 to the new one.

If you have an Upgrade version. it may reject Product key during install since DVD will not see another OS on system - just leave it blank and after install do the quick registry workaround given here: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Then activate at Computer>Properties link.

After install, power down to plug back in old HD to copy over your data. You can boot it if need be using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key at bootup.

Here are some tips for getting a purrfect install: re-install windows 7
Thanks, that clears things a lot. == One more question. After I install Win 7 on the new C:, if I plug back in the old C: drive to get data off, will it cause a problem
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30 Dec 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Not if you deactivate the old C as I described above. But you could also copy your data asap to an external drive and leave the old HDD unplugged - since you are probably going to trash it anyhow.
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30 Dec 2010   #9
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Thanks for both of your help.
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30 Dec 2010   #10
gregrocker

 

You shouldn't have any problems accessing your old data from new Win7.

If any permissions are required, just clicking through should be enough for the Administrative-level named account set up during install.

If not, install this to rightclick context menu to take ownership of any file: Take Ownership Shortcut
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