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Windows 7: Can I move Win7 from recovery(C:) to OS(D:)?

05 Jan 2010   #1
smwebster

Windows 7
 
 
Can I move Win7 from recovery(C:) to OS(D:)?

I installed Win7 on my recovery drive, which now is low on memory. Can I move it without re-installing?


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05 Jan 2010   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You can clone it to a new hard drive on the PC

You can image it to a partition on the existing hard drive and then restore that image to the same or another drive.

Cloning is copying without using an image.

Both work pretty well, neither perfectly in all cases. If it succeeds, you would not have to reinstall programs.

Acronis, Macrium Reflect, and Paragon are the applications of choice.
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05 Jan 2010   #3
smwebster

Windows 7
 
 

After I copy it to the OS drive can I delete it off recovery?
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05 Jan 2010   #4
ignatzatsonic

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After you copy it to the OS, I would disconnect the recovery drive and make sure the OS drive boots and functions properly by itself.

Once you have decided that the OS drive is in good shape as a single drive, then you could reconnect the recovery drive and have your way with it.

But be careful and take precautions--imaging and cloning can fail.
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05 Jan 2010   #5
gregrocker

 

If you will post back a screenshot of your full DIsk Management map, we can tell you the exact steps to achieving what you want.

Use Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attach file using paper clip in reply box.
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06 Jan 2010   #6
smwebster

Windows 7
 
 

How can you tell which files are ok to delete from when I used Vista? I have a few that were last modified in 2008 and 2009.


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06 Jan 2010   #7
ignatzatsonic

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Looks like this was an upgrade install, not a clean install?

Were the dell and sources folders there before you installed Windows 7?

Why worry about deleting anything if you are going to move or copy this partition?

I am guessing all of your personal data is somewhere in the C Users directory? Wherever it is, it will copy over when you image or clone.

Post the Disk Management pic as Greg said.
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06 Jan 2010   #8
gregrocker

 

It isn't worth salvaging that Recov partition which you installed upon. You can try to make Vista Recovery Disks to see if it works, but unlikely.

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06 Jan 2010   #9
smwebster

Windows 7
 
 

I thought it was going to be a clean install because I didn't click upgrade.
The dell and sources where already there.
I have a back up of my original vista stuff on an external hard drive.
I tried doing the partition but the OS was locked and wouldn't let me move it there.


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06 Jan 2010   #10
gregrocker

 

Back up your files, boot from the Win7 DVD, select CUstom Install, then use Drive Options to delete all partitions, create new one(s) as you wish, format and install Win7 to first partition.

If you have an Upgrade version it will scan DVD to see Vista and allow key.



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