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Windows 7: Move Windows 7 new to partition on same drive

26 Nov 2009   #11
Microsoft MVP


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by giblet View Post
Thanks again guys

One thing I did find though is that although Tews mentioned no noticeable performance increase my score has changed for the better in the Windows Experience Index so a reinstall was worth it.... that's my justification anyway and I'm sticking to it

And actually that's a pretty good score for an ASUS W3J that's pushing 3+ years. I knew at the time that spending 1200 on a laptop was a good idea.... I'm hoping to get 6 years out of it and unless quantum computing becomes more mainstream I think it might just make it!

Imaging will commence shortly.
giblet, the idea that the first partition space is faster comes from the fact that the laser parks on the outer edge of the drive, therefore has less distance to travel to read the data. This is less noticeable with second partitions, but your Win7 was way out in right field so I think you made a good decision.

Did you format before clean installing?

I find performance is increased by using the state-of-the-art free CCleaner (cleaner and registry tabs) and Auslogics Defraggers (disk and registry) monthly - have put these on 100+ machines without a single issue and they all run fast.

Using default power options will save wear on your laptop. Edit your startup items tightly.

A lightweight free AV like Avast also works in perfect sync with the default Windows Firewall and Defender with no noticeable resource hit.

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26 Nov 2009   #12
Microsoft MVP


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brj View Post
hi giblet,

i had the same problem as well. and i solved it exactly as gregrocker said.
after copying win7 to the beginning of the drive i maked the new partition as active.
i also neede several repair runs to fix all issues.

one issue remained unsolved: in system protection the old win7 partition was still listed. i deactivated system protection for the old partition and activated it for the new one.

Type msconfig in start box and look at Boot tab to see if there is still an extra Win7 listing to delete.

After copying operations, give yourself a clean bill of health by running chkdsk, then if needed your HDD manufacturer's diagnostics/repair tool. I also run sfc/scannow to make sure all system files held tight.
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27 Nov 2009   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Cheers Greg - I did format the drive before installing and have used CCleaner since it's release - excellent free software! Always disable lots of erroneous start up entries too.

I'll try Auslogics Defraggers too.

Glad you managed to sort it brj.

I used Partition Wizard to set the partition as active which enabled win to boot but when I saw the blue screen (after lots of repairs with Win 7 disk) and the fact that Win 7 said it wasn't genuine anymore I gave up.

To be honest it wasn't too bad for me reinstalling Win 7, and actually I think it's better to reinstall than move all that data (I should of just done it in the first place) - but either way as long as it's working it's good!
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