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Windows 7: How do I remove windows 7 from harddrive and questions about SSD

15 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
How do I remove windows 7 from harddrive and questions about SSD

Hi all I am having a little bit of trouble doing things right on my computer not too long ago I restored a system image of my backup to my WDC Hard drive and now I have 2 windows 7 64bit operating systems my hard drives both have windows 7 and obviously this is pointless for me on many levels I also recieved an SSD (Kingston HyperX 120gb) and am wondering if I can make it so that my windows and the programs and all other system files get transferred along with it just my games should remain on the WDC as it is 1tb and my games total to about 380GB is there any way to re-direct it so that my games all read off the WDC? also for the problem I stated earlier normally I would format the hard drive and be done with it but the backup of the system image is there and totals to about 771GB I would like to use that hard drive for that backup incase something unfortunate happens to my data the hard drive contains windows 7 and that's all I want to remove from it the backup must remain any answers would be appreciated.

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15 Apr 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

It would help understand what you are talking about if you would use an occasional bit of punctuation, such as a period. And maybe 2 or 3 paragraphs.
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15 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Sorry about that im really just typing like a mad man but to clarify heres a short summary of what I need done I have 3 harddrives 1 is 1 tb the other is 1.5 tb and the ssd is 120gb. on the 1.5tb I have a backup made by system restore with a system image and It contains windows 7 x64 ultimate I would like to remove all windows files as I have the OS on the 1tb. I want to keep the backup and system image only. As I stated in my previous message I want to move the windows files to my SSD which only has 120gb of space but the thing is I would like to keep my games on the 1tb and use it from there, is it still necessary to post a screenshot or do you get what im trying to do here?
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15 Apr 2012   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

No, I don't get it, although English is my mother tongue.

For instance, you say:

"I have a backup made by system restore with a system image".

What does that mean?

System Restore has nothing to do with system images.

System Restore is not a backup.

You can try again with more clarity.

Or post a screenshot and write a few cogent sentences telling us what is in the screen shot.
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15 Apr 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

lol okay okay easy now no need to turn this into a fight

First off yes it does go there and look to your left (If your using the category view) Its right there "Create A system image" its backup and restore my bad for saying system restore there's no need for banter about whose english is better frankly I don't care I came here to speak about computers not your "mother tongue".

I mean I have already made a system image on the 1.5tb but there is also an OS (Windows 7) installed I wish to rid myself of all the OS files while retaining the backup files only thus turning this into storage for my backup files.

And lastly I have a new ssd and would like to move the windows on my 1tb to the ssd while keeping the games there so that it can be launched from there and still pickup when I start windows again the second and this issue are two separate ones ....... now do I need to bring out the dictionary or is this good enough teacher?
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15 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Little confused by what you are saying. Do you have a windows 7 installation on both the 1tb and 1.5tb drive? Either way, don't make this complicated. Just move the backup file to another drive and format it. Then move the backup file back to that drive. No, don't clone your current OS to your new sad, do a clean install and reinstall your games to the second drive.
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15 Apr 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thanks I am sorry to all who have suffered the wrath of my terrible punctuation it was an awful awful thing to do and for painting a even worse picture for you

@ tommyg562000 Yes that's exactly whats going on I have 2 of the same os loaded on 2 different drives but nowhere to store my backups you see the file size of my backup totals to exactly 772GB this is why I cannot move it elsewhere, as for installing my windows fresh so your basically saying do not trust the Cloning software provided with my hyperX?
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15 Apr 2012   #8

7 Ultimate x64/7 Home Premium x64

What I have pieced together so far:

Your system drive is 1TB. Your backup drive is 1.5TB. You have acquired a 120GB SSD. You have managed to restore a backup of your 1TB drive from your backup drive to your backup drive, hence there are two Windows 7 installations on these two drives, one on each.

You want to remove the Windows 7 installation that you restored from your backup drive to your backup drive, and leave just your backups on your backup drive. You want to move your Windows 7 installation from your 1TB drive to your SSD, but leave your games installations on your 1TB drive.

There are way too many assumptions to be made here to try to offer any advice, and I'm not willing to make such assumptions. We need to see a screenshot of your drives as depicted in Disk Management. Right-click on My Computer and select Manage, and when the Computer Management console opens, expand Storage and select Disk Management. Use the Snipping Tool to capture a screenshot of that Disk Management screen, and post it here.

It is quite possible that what you want to accomplish could actually be accomplished, but from the gist of your posts so far, I'm not sure that you have the experience necessary to pull it off (no offense intended).

To sum up, instead of posting further explanations, would you please post a screenshot of Disk Management?
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15 Apr 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

@ bbearren Thanks for your reply

Your close but the os was installed on the 1.5tb directly from the disk (not my fault) and the backup was there before windows 7 was installed to the 1.5tb, on the 1tb is the windows 7 I am currently using, I could have cleared up the assumptions made by you had you asked me questions about it, you are right about the ssd I want that exact layout windows on the ssd and games on the 1tb, non taken if you dont think im good enough its cool besides I wouldn't need to ask these questions if I was experienced, if you want screenshots of my disk management you got em :

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15 Apr 2012   #10
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I'd swap the SSD into Disk0 slot so that no preceding HD which is accidentally marked Active can steal it's System Boot files during a Repair. For this reason I'd also mark the HD's Active partitions Inactive now: Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums

You can move your User data to another HD and link it using Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums. The best way to organize this is to set up a parallel set of User folders then rightclick to link them to the relevant library.

Once you have it set up as you want, save a Win7 backup image of the SSD to your HD. Delete any OS partitions on HD's once you're sure you have everything.
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