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Upgrade To Win7 Wrt Hard Drive Space


I've been thinking about upgrading to windows 7 for a little while. I've been reading the system requirements (i meet all of them) but i noticed that i have to have 16gb of free space on my hard drive. My laptop is a basic (ish) spec so hdd space is at a premium. Will it always use this 16gb when everything is finished or is it just temporary.

What happens to vista? I've seen on some other forums that it keeps it installed. This is doesn't make sense - why would i want this and how could i stop it from doing this. Please bear in mind i would prefer to use an upgrade disc rather than a full copy to save money.


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Hard Drive Space Usage Under Win7

I just upgraded to win7 (64 bit). My c drive (intel ssd) has ~75 gb space. When i click on "computer, " it says that the total free space is 25gb (i.e 75gb is used up). But the space occupied by all files/folders adds up to only ~24 gb (~21 gb of this is occupied by "windows" and "windows. Old" folders, ~2. 4 gb by "program files" and "program files (x86)", and very little by other folders/files).

How can i find out what is taking up the rest of the space? I have emptied the recycle bin and have done disk cleanup. In addition, in the advanced settings list, i made sure that "show hidden files, folders and drives" is selected. I also unchecked "hide protected operating system files. ".


Posted On: 2009-10-25 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

External Hard Drive Space Discrepancy

I have a 500gb western digital external hard drive which shows i actually have a total of 465gb (i understand this). Currently it says i have 277 gb free but the files i have saved on there amount to no more then 100gb, so shouldn't it have 365gb available. Also about once a month it says there is not enough room to complete a back up even though on my c drive it shows i only have about 135gb of stuff, so i have to delete my previous back ups and start again, why is this  .

Posted On: 2010-08-06 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Win 7 Reports Wrong Free Space On Hard Drive

I have 4 partitions set up on my hard drive. 1st partition has my windows 7 installation and some other microsoft products such as the office suit and visual studio and such.

2nd partition is empty and i'm not using it right now
3rd partition i have encrypted with the bitlock and use it for important files
4th partition i use for everything else. This partition is 219 gb in size. I have movie files, music, pictures, software iso's and the program files folder with lots of software.

Total all that data is exactly 48. T gb. I got this number in two different ways both equaling 48. 7 gb: first i manually calculated the sizes of all the folders and then to verify i used a utility called jdiskreport which confirmed my calculation.

The problem is that windows tells me that my 4th partition is completely full and only 1. 3 gb is left when clearly that doesn't make sense. I am missing 160gb which is a large number. I looked at all possibilities: hidden files, system restore files but there's nothing there. I would like to know if anyone out there has any idea as to what's going on and how i can fix it. Absolutely any ideas are welcome.


Posted On: 2010-04-17 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

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I have a very small 32gb boot drive with vista premium installed. Will upgrade installation require more space on the boot drive? The boot drive i have is an 32gb ssd. Since ssds are so expensive i ordered this small one as a boot drive only. So will i need space available on the c drive to upgrade my windows vista premium 64-bit to windows 7 64-bit? I have a secondary hard drive as my f drive. It is 320gb and contains all my programs and games, leaving about 200 gigs left.

If space is indeed required from my c drive, is there an alternative way to upgrade?


Posted On: 2009-10-15 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

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As i said im fairly certain i know the answer and its that i get a new hard drive and will have to get the full version of 7 but just wanted to check with people who know far more on the subject than i do.


Posted On: 2009-11-06 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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My laptop only has one hard drive on it, so installing "fresh" to a separate hd isn't possible. Since i already back up all my data to an external hd, i'd like to just format the internal hd and install windows 7 onto that. Will that be possible though using upgrade media? How does it verify my existing xp pro license?


Posted On: 2009-10-05 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

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Would it work to put the old (win xp) drive in an external enclosure connected via usb? Alternatively, what would i need to copy from the old hard drive to the new in order to have the win 7 install recognizes win xp?


Posted On: 2009-11-13 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-04-08 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Hard Disk Space Unusable

I am using windows 7 32 bit edition on dell inspiron 1545. The specifications are
Intel core 2 duo
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250 gb hard disk

There is only one drive ( c drive ) in the partition. Only 232. 77 gb is allocated out of 250 gb. The problem is that 118 mb is unallocated. It was the oem's partition but i formatted it because i didnot knew what it was for. The left over 118 mb cannot be merged with 232. 77 gb. It only shows the option of creating new drive. On the other hand c drive does not show the option of extend volume. How can i use the 118 mb ? Do i have to format ?


Posted On: 2010-04-01 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

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I bought the windows 7 64-bit home premium (upgrade version) last summer when win 7 was released but have not had the time / courage to use it yet! (Laziness too!). Current problem: my laptop hdd is only 160gb and its already too full. This is what i want to do: i would like to replace my existing 160gb hdd with a new 500gb hdd and move from my existing vista 32-bit os to the new windows 7 64-bit os. If at all possible, i would like to do a clean install of windows 7 on
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Posted On: 2010-05-21 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2009-10-28 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Upgrade To Win7 - Keep Xp Hard Drive As Is

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I would like to buy a new hd, upgrade w7 on it and make it my new c: (boot) drive and make my old xp hd my d: (data)drive. This way, i could switch back to the old xp hd if w7 failed. Is there a way to do this easily or at all? I guess i could buy the new hd install xp on it, then do the w7 upgrade!


Posted On: 2009-10-25 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Posted On: 2009-09-24 . View Related Posts . . View 11 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-08-04 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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The install of win 7 onto the new hd was straight forward and fast until it rejected the 3 pack licenses code. After going round in circles i turned the laptop of and then restarted - it started up again and i just ignored the product key part and windows has loaded and will now work for 30 days. I tried to activate with the product key but it was also rejected online - saying it was not valid for a fresh install

So its the same laptop, just with a new hd. Previous windows upgrades have just asked for the old version of windows cd/dvd, checked it and allowed the install to complete - and given the lack of info available i was expecting the same again. Any thoughts on what options i have available would be appreciated. If i was to delete and make same space on the old hd, install win 7 on it, can the os be moved onto the new hd? 


Posted On: 2009-10-22 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

How To Upgrade New Hard Drive With Win 7 64-bit ?

How to upgrade new hard drive with windows 7 upgrade 64 bit? I just upgraded to windows 7 64 bit from xp pro 64 bit and it went really smooth now i need to upgade my hard-drive. What is the best way to add a new hard drive for the os windows 7? I have my xp pro installation disk and also my windows 7 upgrade disk. What instructions is best for my needs of adding a new and faster hard-drive to my system?

Posted On: 2009-11-02 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Upgrade Or Full Version With New Mb & Hard Drive

I am planing to upgrade my system, new mb , hd video card etc. I am currently running xp upgraded from win 99 which i installed the last time i did a system upgrade. The question is will the upgrade version of win 7 work on the upgrade version of win xp or do i need to get the full version of win 7?

Posted On: 2009-10-13 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Moving Win 7 Upgrade To New Hard Drive

I recently upgraded my windows vista to windows 7 pro. Then i realized my hard drive was too small and ordered another. Can i clone or image my current hard drive to transfer win 7 to the new one? What if i don't have an external hard drive to use for the transfer? Shall i make my old hard drive the master and my new hard drive the slave? I would prefer to have the os on the new hard drive.

The old drive is partitioned and the c:/ partition with the os is very full. I think i would like to reformat it and use it as a back-up drive with the new drive as the master. What is my best solution short of buying the full version of win 7?


Posted On: 2010-02-13 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Win 7 Upgrade Install On New Hard Drive

I upgraded from vista ultimate to windows 7 home premium last year (download w/ backup dvd). My hard drive crashed a month ago and without thinking, i did a clean install of windows 7 on the new hard drive. Of course it wouldn't let me activate it since my product key is for upgrade only. So i reinstalled vista and tried to use my windows 7 install disc to upgrade. I keep getting a message that says i cant upgrade from vista ultimate to 7 home premium and it wants me to do a clean install. If i do this, im afraid it wont take my product key again. What should i do?

Posted On: 2010-04-12 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Failed Hard Drive After Win7 Upgrade

I recently upgraded my pc from vista to 7 home premium. A week later my hard drive had a mechanical failure and is now beyond repair. Luckily i backed up all of my data to an external drive for security before upgrading so i have all of my files. I have a replacement blank hard drive but i want to know if i can install windows 7 having already activated the product on the old drive. Also, will i have a problem with the fact that there is no previous version of windows on my blank drive? Can i use my upgrade disk to do a full install on a new drive?

Posted On: 2009-11-22 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Getting Installation Of Win 7 To Boot From New Hard Drive After Upgrade

During upgrade to "7" from xp copied files to new hard drive but computer will not boot unless old hard drive is installed? How do i get new installation of windows 7 to boot from new hard drive after upgrade?

Posted On: 2010-06-25 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Upgrade To Win7 And Add A Larger Hard Drive

I want to upgrade to windows 7 and add a larger hard drive. I am going to keep my old hard drive in the system as a backup drive. I am currently running vista home premium. Do i need to buy the upgrade or the full version. Can i install the new drive as d: upgrade to windows 7 on it then make it the boot drive

Posted On: 2009-10-22 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

After Upgrade Usb Hard Drive Folders Are Empty

After upgrade from vista 64 to windows 7 64, usb hard drive initially works, then at some point all the "folders are empty" and i cannot access files untill i reboot. Then same thing all over again. My setup was working perfectly fine with vista 64; i had a 1tb  seagate freeagent external hard drive where i had all my pictures, music and movies. These media was monitored by my zune software, windows media player and windows media center, and also shared on my network.

Then i upgraded to windows 7 64. At first it seemed fine, windows 7 recognized and external drive, all applications were still monitoring my media from it, and i was able to access the files. But after a couple of minutes of accessing the files, the drive just seems to suddenly go offline.

I can still browse the folder structure, but the i don't see any files, and folders are empty. In some folders i see the files (maybe the info was cached) and if i try to access it, i get an error to "check the location of the file" or "file not available". Once i reboot my system, then everything seems back to normal but as soon as i try to access anything, it breaks as before. It fails even more promptly if i try to download something on to the drive.

All the usb drivers seem ok. The external hard drive works normally on my laptop that has a windows 7 32bit, so no problems in the drive itself. I tried removing all other usb devices (i have 7 usb inputs on and two more on my monitor), i tried changing power options so that usb ports are not automatically shut off by the pc, i tried reinstalling all the hardware drives including the nvidia chipset driver, i even reinstalled windows 7. The issue is still not resolved.


Posted On: 2010-01-05 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-04-03 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Upgrade To New Hard Drive - Product Key Not Valid

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I boot from the windows 7 dvd but of course the product key is invalid because there is no operating system on the new hard drive. Is there a way to get around this without having to install an operating system on my new hard drive first?


Posted On: 2009-12-20 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Posted On: 2009-11-21 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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I was under the impression that i could upgrade to win 7 after a clean install by putting the disk in and having windows check for it, like when i upgraded from me to xp. (Yes, i realize now the error of my ways. ) Now i need to fix it. Add to it, i have 32-bit xp and 64-bit win 7.

Having contacted microsoft tech support, i was told i could simply reinstall my xp and win 7 would recognize that it was there and set up dual boot. That isn't the case, as i suspected. In the reformat, i have lost some data that i thought i had backed up and obviously didn't, which is why i really don't want to reinstall win 7 a third time after reinstalling xp.

I have no windows. Old because of the reformat/repartitioning of my drive. Is there anything else i can do? (I'm so tired of being penalized with drm, activation etc. For purchasing licensed software because of all the pirates out there!).


Posted On: 2010-03-14 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Excessive Space Being Taken Up On C: Drive

(b) drive not showing up after windows 7 64 bit install. Drive (c) also has less than half its capacity available after a clean install. I just "custom" installed windows 7 ultimate 64 bit after running windows vista ultimate 32 bit. I followed all the defaults for the "custom" install and didnt do anything fancy, pretty much just clicked "next". Everything booted up fine but now when i go to my computer folder, only one of my internal hard drives is showing up (c). It is also showing my external hardrive - but not my second internal hard drive (b). Also, (c) has only 112 gb free of 298 gb after a clean install of windows 7. I know windows 7 cant be that big.
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(1) cant find second internal hardrive (b)
(2) excessive space being taken up on (c)
What gives?


Posted On: 2009-10-02 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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I have  a partitioned hard drive and "c" drive is only 29. 2 gb. What, if anything, can i delete in windows vista to get the required space i need to upgrade to windows 7? I have 7. 62 gb free and need another gig. I don't want to screw up vista in case of a problem with the installation and i don't want to do a clean install because i don't want to lose any programs.

Posted On: 2009-10-27 . View Related Posts . . View 16 Replies .