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Windows 7: Windows XP 32-bit to Windows 7 64-bit

27 Jan 2010   #11
ignatzatsonic

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Do you or don't you have 2 separate hard disks?


Yes?

No?

You are not sure?


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27 Jan 2010   #12
AIV

Windows XP
 
 

No I don't have two separated hard disks. Is there any way to install windows 7 on one part without losing data from another one?
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27 Jan 2010   #13
ignatzatsonic

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Yes:

I am guessing you have 2 partitions.

Lets call them C and D.

If you install Windows 7 to C, nothing on D will be touched.

If you have anything on C that you want to keep, you have to copy it over to D before you start because C will be wiped clean during the install.

It is up to you to direct the install to the C partition. If you mistakenly direct it to the D partition, the D partition will be wiped.

Best advice is to backup whatever is on D to a DVD or something just in case you make a mistake and wipe out the D partition. If you can't do that, just be careful to choose C as the destination for the install.


You are doing a clean install, so you will have to reinstall all of your programs. If you have any personal files on C, they have to be copied to D first. I am referring to stuff like mp3s, Excel files, Word files, pictures, email, etc.
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27 Jan 2010   #14
AIV

Windows XP
 
 

Are you sure? I really don't wanna lose data from my D part because I have very important data in it.
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27 Jan 2010   #15
AIV

Windows XP
 
 

Does that mean that if I have one hard disk with two partitions, which i have, i am not going to lose data from D part, for example, if i install Windows 7 on C part?
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27 Jan 2010   #16
ignatzatsonic

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Not losing data is NOT repeat NOT guaranteed.

You could make a mistake.

Your hard disk could fail at any time and leave both partitions totally useless.

Etc.

If you are really worried, your only choice is to back up your data to something else, such as DVD.

But the DVD could fail.

Etc.
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27 Jan 2010   #17
AIV

Windows XP
 
 

My data really has much memory, about 300 Gigabytes I think, and I'll have to use x DVDs to burn it on so is there any way to make back up that has much lower memory than real files?
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27 Jan 2010   #18
AIV

Windows XP
 
 

has really*
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27 Jan 2010   #19
ignatzatsonic

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You could:

Buy another hard drive and back up to it. You can get a new 320 gig hard drive for no more than 40 or 50 dollars.

Back up to an Internet server temporarily for a fee. I think Mosy is one such service. I don't know how much they charge or how reliable they are.

In your shoes, I'd buy another hard drive. If you don't have a backup method in place already, you are whistling past the graveyard. Your hard drive will fail---you just don't know when.
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27 Jan 2010   #20
AIV

Windows XP
 
 

Where can I find 320 Gigs hard drive with that low price?
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