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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?

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Will Upgrade Installation Require More Space On Boot Drive ?

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 .

Win 7 Upgrade Version - Installation On Reformatted Hard Drive

Win 7 (upgrade version) reinstallation following hard drive reformat. Need to reinstall xp now in order to activate win 7. I made the mistake of creating primary boot drives too small for an os other than xp or linux. Shortly after install i was unable to update my win 7 because of lack of space on the hard drive (all programs i could change the installation of, were on a separate drive). That meant i had to wipe the hard drive to repartition it.

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 .

Formatting Hard Drive During Installation

I'm doing a custom install of windows 7 professional from vista home premium. I'd like to reformat the drive before installing, but i'm not sure how. It's unclear to me whether that option will appear during the installation process or if it's something i have to do on my own. Which is it? How do i reformat my disk before the install?

Ok, i just chose which drive to install on and clicked "next. " The program started installing 7! I just wanted to see what the "next" part of the setup was to see if it had the reformat option. Anyway, is there any way to reformat at this point? Will i have to install windows 7, reformat, and reinstall? I'm rather frustrated right now. Note to microsoft: make the button say "install, " not "next. "


Posted On: 2010-01-03 . View Related Posts . . View 12 Replies .

Multiple Hard Drive Pc Installation

Just a simple question! At the moment i'm running xp - which means i'll need to move all my data etc (i know all that business). However, i have 2 hard drives on my pc - one which i will use for the os - the other for my music/videos etc. When i upgrade to windows 7, should i physically remove the music/video hard-drive? Or will it be safe, as i will be installing the os on the other hard-drive? I don't want to lose the data on the music/video hard-drive. I hope that makes sense!

Posted On: 2010-06-03 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

After Installation All Info On Hard Drive Has Been Deleted

I installed windows 7 on a computer and forgot to disconnect the external hard drive i had hooked up and it removed all the pictures and other stuff that was loaded on the external hard drive is there a way to recover it? I installed 7 on a desktop dell computer and it has an external hard drive hooked up and after the installation all the info on the hard drive has been deleted how do i or can i get it back?

Posted On: 2010-01-16 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Win 7 Installation After A Hard Drive Failure

I had to replace the hard drive on my neice's gateway laptop. I have reinstalled her original operating system because i have the discs that came with her machine. She purchased a windows 7 upgrade and i want to reinstall it now, but i am sure when activation takes place it will tell me that key is invalid and has already been used. I have searched the threads all over the web and i don't see where this issue has been addressed anywhere. Any ideas.

Posted On: 2010-07-09 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

How To Boot To Preferred Hard Drive ?

Windows 7 on one hard driver and windows vista on another. If i put the vista hard drive into the windows 7 computer how can i boot to the preferred hard drive? I have a floppy disc drive in this computer. Should i look for a third party boot manager sort of program and put it on a floppy? Or does ms have a boot disc application somewhere in the archives?

Or would it be best to format the hard drive that contains windows 7, install the vista hard drive, then reinstall windows 7?


Posted On: 2009-10-29 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

.msi Installation Directory Must Be On A Local Hard Drive

Every time i try to run a particular . Msi i get this. "Installation directory must be on a local hard drive". Its not the msi as ive tested it on another computer. The msi is a plug-in tool called t-splines by autodesk. Ive also tried older versions with the same error, things i've tried so far:

Sys restore
Safe mode
Right click - take ownership

I uninstalled 7zip which i already had, then reinstalled with the . Msi from the website to test if it was all msi, however it actually worked. I was looking around for other . Msi install software just to test it but can't find any. If you could point me in the direction of some . Msi files which i can test on my rig. Edit, just tried a few other msi's i had on my computer and i get the error 1723.


Posted On: 2012-11-28 . View Related Posts . . View 12 Replies .

Removing Hard Drive Causes Win 7 To Not Be Able To Boot

I have a desktop with two hard drives. I installed vista on one of the hard drives, and later on, i installed windows 7 on the other one. So i could boot into both operating systems. However, i no longer want vista and i want to remove the hard drive that vista is installed on from my computer and use it elsewhere.

However, when i remove the hard drive with vista, i can't boot into windows 7 either. When i put the vista hard drive back in, the desktop boots fine into both operating systems. I've tried using the original installation disc to repair windows 7, but it couldn't even find the installation.

I have a feeling that the boot files for windows 7 could be on the vista hard drive, even though i installed it on a separate hard drive. I'm not sure though. If someone could help me boot into windows 7 using only the windows 7 hard drive, that would be much appreciated.


Posted On: 2010-07-03 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Hard Drive (boot) Letter Changed

Upgraded from windows xp to windows 7. Before upgrade i installed a new larger hd. It was the only hd in computer. Installed windows xp and no programs. Followed by installing windows 7. When went to install my programs only then did i learn the computer gave the new hd the letter "i". No "c" drive is shown. No changes were made to the bios or motherboard. Just unplugged the old hd and removed it and using the same plugs to plug in new larger hd. What happen? Want my primary and boot drive to be id as "c" drive. How may i change it?  Will start all over if necessary. Once this is fixed plan to reinstall old hd as secondary drive and use it for backup.

Posted On: 2010-05-30 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Random No Boot And Noises From Hard Drive

Last week my mobo was broken, and i must do a complete new installation (so everything) with my win7.
Yesterday i recognize that my actual hard-disc starts to make problem ( not starting while booting, sometimes hanging with unusual noises) which options i would have to do a repair, without to have a full new installation, i am tired of this. Is there someone out here, who can explain what to do, to a user, not an expert?


Posted On: 2010-04-17 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Usb Hard Drive Detected As New On Every Boot

I'm using a usb hard drive (a redrive, from hitachi) for storage of recorded tv. Recently, i installed windows 7 on the internal hard drive for the same machine, and now every time the computer boots up, i get a dialog telling me that windows 7 has detected a new usb device, and asking what it should do (open the folders, start a slideshow, whatever).

I just want the pc to treat this like another hard drive, and not a removable usb peripheral. Any way to do that?  This worked in vista.


Posted On: 2010-03-12 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Reformat Only C: Hard Drive Using Win 7 Boot Setup

If i reformat my hard drive using the windows 7 boot setup, would that remove all the partitions? I only want to reformat my c: drive to do a clean installation. I just want to know if i can reformat separate partitions with the windows 7 boot setup.

Posted On: 2009-11-01 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Dual Boot - Xp And Win7 Install On New Hard Drive

I would like to set up my dell laptop to dual boot to xp and windows 7. I have found several articles that go into details explaining this procedure and it seems things are complicated due to the fact that there is no way to adjust partitions in xp. I also just had to replace my hard drive so i have to do fresh installs of xp and windows 7 on the new hard drive so my question is this:

Can i just create the separate partitions needed when i install xp then install windows 7 on the partition i created in the xp install? I have never set up a dual boot before so i'm a newb in that respect. I have the xp pro re-installation disc as well as the 7 ultimate install dvd (not upgrade). Any feedback or links to useful information would be appreciated.


Posted On: 2009-11-26 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

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Anyway to upgrade on a new hard drive because of a failed hard drive with vista on it? I had a pc that came with a pre installed version of vista home 32 bit, however my hard drive has just totally failed, is there anyway that i'll be able to just get the upgrade version and install it on my new hard drive, or as i beleive to be the case, will i have to get the full version of windows 7. My pc didn't come with any sort of vista install disc.

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 .

Installing Xp On Win 7 As A Dual Boot On A Seperate Hard Drive

So yea just like the heading says, can i do that? I tried doing the bcdedit thing, i got stuck on. "Drive :windowssystem32bcdedit /set {ntldr} device partition=x:" because im doing it on a separate hard drive and not a partition im kind of stuck, im trying to look for the command for this. The drive im trying to install it on says "new volume (g:)".

See i have a program that doesn't run well on windows 7, the program has a beta version but its not so good. So until the real version comes out i want xp on a separate drive.


Posted On: 2010-03-30 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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I need help with planning my upgrade to windows 7 from windows xp pro. Can i do this upgrade as a clean install using upgrade media if i've only got one hard drive? I'm currently running 32-bit windows xp professional and want to upgrade to 64-bit windows 7 professional.

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 .

How To Upgrade Hard Drive At Same Time I Upgrade To Win 7?

How should i upgrade my hard drive at the same time i upgrade to windows 7? I plan to upgrade my laptop from win xp pro to win 7 pro and want to at the same time upgrade my hard drive. I don't know what i should do to ensure that the win 7 install program recognizes the prior win xp installation.
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 .

Help With Hard Drive Upgrade

My hard drive had only 37gb so i upgraded to a 320gb drive. I have cloned the old drive to the new drive. My problem is windows 7 shows the new drive size as 37gb. In the diskmanagementwhere it shows disk 0, disk 1, disk 2 i can see the correct drive size 320gb but the drive properties shows 37gb. When i select the right-mouse "format" menu the "extend volume" menu is grayed out. How can i make windows 7 remeasure the hard drive size so the full 320gb drive is available and the menu format->extend volume will work?

Posted On: 2010-04-08 . View Related Posts . . View 2 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
The new hdd instead of upgrading from vista to windows 7. Can this be done?


Posted On: 2010-05-21 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

How Many Gb Of Hard Drive Will Consume For Upgrade ?

I am about to install windows 7 home premium over vista home premium.could someone please tell me about how many gb's of hard drive this upgrade will consume?

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

Upgrade To Win7 - Keep Xp Hard Drive As Is

I have xp, want to upgrade to w7. Would like to keep old xp hard drive as is (just in-case upgrade fails). I want to buy a new second hd and 'upgrade to that hd and making xp hard drive a "d:" drive and w7 the "c". I want to keep my xp hard drive as is and use it as a second hard drive. Don't want to have to move everything or do a dual boot.

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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I have a dell laptop with oem vista pre-installed with no discs supplied by dell. I do have a legible label with product key on the machine. I am installing a new hard-drive and would like to upgrade to windows 7 at the same time. I do not intend to save any existing programs or files. I have purchased the retail home premium upgrade edition. Will i be able to install windows 7 with just my oem vista product key available? Must i download and install a vista os first?Will i be allowed to install the 64 bit version if my machine is capable?

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 .

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

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

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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 .

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