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Solved Preinstalled Windows 7 - can I transfer it on another laptop

December 31, 2012 at 10:41:26
Specs: Windows 7, 4096

Hello everyone,

Just few days ago I bought Acer Aspire Timeline notebook with preinstalled Windows 7 on C: partition (500GD disk).
I'd like to change the partitions (actually there are two other partitions: one 100MB and another one 15GB but they do not matter for me) in that way that the system partition C is no bigger than ca. 40GB and to create another primary partition D on remaining space to put Linux Ubuntu there.
I've tried to resize the C: partition using Disk Management applet but surprisingly I was not able to get lower size for C partition than some 180GB or so.

Is it possible to "copy" such system on external disk (e.g. as disk image using Acronis), split the partition in two parts, and eventually restore the system in newly created partition?
Or maybe is it somehow linked with the recovery partition and no imaging is posssible?


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#1
December 31, 2012 at 12:01:39
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"actually there are two other partitions: one 100MB and another one 15GB but they do not matter for me"

The 100MB is the Win7 hidden boot partition & the 15GB partition is most likely the recovery partition. Keep them. You said you have a 500GB HDD. Formated, it's approx 465GB. Subtract the 15GB & you still have 450GB to work with. Why would you want a small 40GB partition for Win7? Give it some breathing room, at least 100GB.

If you're having problems partitioning, try using EaseUS Partition Master Home Edition. And pay attention to the partition type. You can only have 4 primary partitions.

http://download.cnet.com/Easeus-Par...


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#2
December 31, 2012 at 12:37:38

And BEFORE you do anything else, create the restore disks, if you haven't yet done that.

Once you have the restore set and you know it is good, you can lose the recovery partition on the hard drive, if you wanted to. Only 15GB though.


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#3
January 1, 2013 at 09:28:08

silly these days to partition and do all that to run another OS. Use virtualization to run ubuntu on the host win7 OS.

http://betanews.com/2012/08/29/how-...

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/1128...

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