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Windows 7: Is it safer to put my data in c: drive?

07 Dec 2009   #51
Microsoft MVP


You wanna put Vista on this machine? Probably should keep the System and Recovery on DISK0 since they will continue working if you keep Win7.

Didn't know you had a second HD. How about putting Vista there? Which partition would you like to use? A lower addresss (closest to left) is always best. We can move them if occupied.

You have two dual-boot choices since you have two HD:

1) an inter-dependent dual boot which gives you a Boot Menu when you first startup, but will be harder to extricate a drive even temporarily since the boot files are intermingled.

2) completely independent drives, so they can come and go as you please. In this config, you install Vista with the other HD disconnected, then determine which boots by setting the first HD to boot in BIOS (after DVD drive). If you want to boot into other HD than default, you use the Boot Menu F-key given on the first BIOS screen.

Not sure you even want to involve that second HD since you didn't mention it before.

Think it over and let us know. I'm hitting the sack now 2 am here, but will be back on here tomorrow around noon.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Dec 2009   #52

Vista Windows 7 each 64 bit Home Premium

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Oldroser View Post
Vista currently on C, data on D.

Better to put Windows 7 on partition on C or partition on D?
Always better to have it on C: since you will want to get rid of Vista soon enough, and moving 7 over into that space is a bit complicated, but we can help.
Sorry I wasn't clear that D: and D: are separate drives. I can put my image of Vista from Macrium Reflect Free on the separate D: and, indeed, made a partition there and copied my data into the second partition, so the first one is free for Vista/trying to learn Unbuntu. I've never read anything that says to remove C: (with Windows 7 OS) from the laptop to install Vista, in this case, on D: You'd take C: out, then reboot with the recovery disk I guess. I'll have to look to be sure that the partition size on D: is as big or bigger than the imaged partition.

I've never read anything about installing without taking the drive out being a problem with intermingling. I really appreciate getting the in depth details before I do anything. You mean if I take either drive out, the O.S. will get confused? What is the complicated way to fix that?

I also have a Vista laptop with two separate drives that I will be upgrading to Windows 7, but the data on the D: is in the first partition on the left. I can take the C: out and reboot from the Windows 7 upgrade disk and then say custom and point to that partition and it won't be a problem that it doesn't see Vista?

I'd like to do an upgrade installation of Windows 7 over top of Vista, if they haven't reimaged my drives (probably have, even though the problem is the touchpad and audio) so as to keep what files I have put on their since reformatting quite recently. Then restore Vista from Macrium Reflect.

I will be reading the tutorials on making an image with Windows 7, if you can do that in my Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. In Vista you could not.

FYI, on the Vista laptop, I need to keep Vista to keep my HP warranty until the end of January. If you don't have Vista and your Vista recovery partition, no advice unless it is hardware failure. I may need to call them. Also, it seems I need Vista at least for a while to copy my Windows Mail folders from so I can have Windows Mail running in Windows 7.

Hope this is clear. I'm recovering from my fourth migraine in as many days, plus have other health problems going on.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Dec 2009   #53
Microsoft MVP


I was thinking your new machine is a desktop p.c. where you could unplug the Win7 drive during Vista install, making the two drives independent and bootable via the BIOS.

Keeping both drives plugged will allow you to add Vista and configure a dual boot menu as you wish.

Here is a good tutorial: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista
My System SpecsSystem Spec

08 Dec 2009   #54

Vista Windows 7 each 64 bit Home Premium

I can take the D: drive out fairly easily even though it is a laptop.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Is it safer to put my data in c: drive?

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