Solved Transfer an operating system to a partition

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June 7, 2017 at 04:42:45
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit, ntel Core i3 2120 - 3.30 GHz-4GB / 4GB DDR3 Ram
I want to build another PC from discarded or underutilised PC parts. Will install Linux Mint on it. Found most things but still need a small SATA HDD.

Have a PC tower with two HDDs, all NTFS.
1. Samsung HD161HJ ATA, MBR, 149.05 - 52% used, which has the OS, WIN 7,64bit on it
2. ST31000524AS ATA, MBR 931.51 GB, partitioned into (a) 257.3 GB and (b) 674.2 GB partitions.
I have already copied what I wanted to keep, from the a to the b partition. Now I want to put WIN 7, 64bit on partition a. I have the MiniTool Partition Wizard Free 10.2.1 prgram, which has a copy feature, that, it says, can copy to another HDD. My first question is can it also copy to a PARTITION on the target disk ? My second question would be, if I take out HDD Samsung HD161HJ and restart the PC will it function as before ? If so then I can install the Samsung HD161HJ in the cannibalised PC I want to build new ?

Thank you for your help

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June 7, 2017 at 04:54:10
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You can only install an operating system on a partition. Note, however, That Windows 7 requires two patitions - the main one that appears as drive C: and a small one, about 100 Mb, that is hidden. If you copy both these partitions to the new disk it should be bootable. You can then use the original disk in the new PC (but no longer as a Windows 7 disk 0 becasue of activation issues and different hardware. Just specify that you want to use all of the disk when you install the new OS.

All this is based on the understanding that you do not want to keep any of the information on the 1 TB disk.

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