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Windows 7: Back up onto partion

04 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
Back up onto partion

Hi, i would like to do a clean instaill of Windows 7, as mine one freezes after waking from sleep, i dont have an external hard drive to back up all my stuff, so i was wondering, i have another partions that is used for XP that no longer works, if i put my files into that partion will and clean instaill 7, will all my files be be backed up in that partions ready to use in windows 7

btw, back up onto a CD wont work, and sorry for bad spelling

My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jan 2010   #2


You can also back up to a computer on your network if you have one.

If you want to format your empty partition for data, use Disk Management to delete it first, then format it NTFS Logical so it cannot be marked active to interfere with Win7 installer. Type a name in the box for it.

Then move your data over via explorer, confirm several times it is all there.

Now boot the Win7 DVD, select Custom install, use Drive Options (Advanced) to format over the Win7 partition before install. Before you click the format button, triple check that you have highlighted the Win7 partition and not the data partition.

If you do this then there is zero chance the data will be lost even if the install fails, unless the HD also fails.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

I dont understand all that stuff you said LOL

im only 14 xD

So putting it onto the XP partion will save all my programs as long i make sure Windows 7 is getting installed on the right partion, in my case Vista, coz i never changed name
My System SpecsSystem Spec

04 Jan 2010   #4


Is this your computer? Are your folks aware that you are doing this and okay with it?

You wouldn't want to put the data on your old Xp partition without deleting and formatting it first in Disk Management. If it won't delete we can give you Diskpart commands to force delete it.

Format it Logical NTFS, give it a label so you know which it is when you are doing the Custom install.

Copy all of your data over there. Take the time to make sure it is all there. Check it over several times.

When you install, the Custom choice will show you a screen with your partitions. Make sure you choose the right one, and that the data partition shows up.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit


I dident buy, my brother build it.

My parents dont know my brother doesnt live at home.

Anyway he installed windows 7 he delteted every file of XP and put our stuff on there :S

And when XP died on us, we got all our files from XP.

The only reasons i need to do this, is i put my PC to sleep alot and it will always freeze after waking up, so i was thinking of a fresh start.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jan 2010   #6


Well a clean install is always a good idea. You think you can handle it?

Is your brother around to help you? Does he know about this? What does he think?

I'm guessing your brother deleted XP files because it wouldn't let him delete the partition.

This is because XP still has boot files on there that need to be removed so they don't interfere with Windows 7.

We can give you some simple DiskPart commands to run that will force the partition to delete, so you can format it Logical in Disk Management which is better for data partitions.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

well i tryed doing a clean instaill on Virutal PC of both XP and Vista, the only problem is that my telstra disk never worked nor did my Wrrless adapter CD work. He not around to help, and probs wont agree with me doing a clean instaill.

I dont know about the XP file, coz after XP die we went back to Vista, with XP files still on there.

I dont think it still has the boot files, coz when it loads up u clicks XP and you get some error message
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jan 2010   #8


You should be able to get rid of that XP ghost listing by deleting it is msconfig>boot.

Check in Disk Management to see if XP is listed active. Post back a screenshot of the full Disk Management map and we'll look it over for ya. Use Snipping Tool in Start menu, then attach file using paper clip in reply box.

Is it your computer that your brother built for you?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

It is the computer my brother build, i dident know what screen shots so i posted 2

BTW Vista is what 7 is on

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jan 2010   #10


XP is System Active which means it holds the MBR and can't be deleted except by DISKPART or using the Win7 installer. It will definitely mess up your Win7 install as it is.

Here is what I would do:

Unless you have more data, I would shrink Vista partition in Disk Management by about 200gb which still leaves 90gb free. Then create a New partition there formatted Logical NTFS labeled DATA. Copy your files there and triple check they are all there.

Now you are all set to boot into the Win7 DVD, select Custom install, use Drive Tools to delete XP and Vista, make a New partition there, format and install Win7.

As long as you don't touch that DATA partition with the installer, your data should be safe.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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