I'm moving from Win XP Pro to Win 7

Averatec / 3200
February 9, 2011 at 14:04:26
Specs: Windows XP Professional SP3, 4GB
However, I have a 64GB solid state drive. I'd like to install the 7 on the solid state drive with the actual programs and files on a 1TB SATA hard drive. If I move the files from XP to the SATA drive installing 7 with the Laplink Windows 7 upgrade assistant, is there a way to move the operating system only to the solid state drive?

Thanks,

Duane


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#1
February 9, 2011 at 14:16:23
More info on my question. What I want to end up with is a PC that has Win 7 on the 64GB solid state drive so that it boots quickly, processes through the Win 7 software quickly. I can't put everything on the 64 GB as there just isn't room. It is, I guess, possible to tell programs to put data on to D:\, but moving the data to D:\ afterwards is going to be a pain in the computer chair, and I have so many programs that I'm convinced they won't all fit on the 64GB drive anyway. I've got Laplink Windows 7 Upgrade Assistant but their Tech Support tells me I have to buy PC Mover Pro to do what I want to do. I'm not shot to death with Laplink, as the last time I used the pure vanella version of Mover, it left 45 files behind. Their answer: Try moving just those files (of course, you have to buy a second copy of Mover!)

Thanks in advance for your help.

Duane


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#2
February 9, 2011 at 17:43:08
I'd either backup that xp ssd to an image or ntbackup or better still make a virtual machine out of it. They have p2v apps out to do that.

Then install W7 on the ssd. Later you can try to put programs on D or other but some programs do not let you choose.

Then I'd do something with the xp. Either run it in a virtual machine or restore the image to some place.

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#3
February 9, 2011 at 18:42:12
7 is going to overwrite xp, unless you partition it off. IIUC what you want to do, the root question is how to go about moving both appdata and userdata to the second drive. 7 really should have a button to do that, but that's not the case. Very interesting discussion here.

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#4
February 9, 2011 at 21:23:12
My preference would be to make 2 partitions on the 1 TB SATA drive, one partition for programs, maybe 100GB or 200GB, and the second using the rest of the drive for your files. Then I would copy all of my files to the larger partition. and finally I would disconnect this drive while I did a clean install on the SSD drive with Windows 7, update drivers, install antivirus program, shut down and reconnect the SATA drive, start up and reinstall programs being careful to choose custom when ever possible to install them on your new programs partition. Finally I would move your Documents folder to your files storage drive but put a shortcut to it's new location where it originally was and on your desktop.
Doing a completely clean install may appear at first to be harder and more time consuming since you need to reinstall everything, but in the long run you have a fresh clean install without all of the built up problems and errors of an upgrade on an old system. On review, you may find that many programs you no longer use, would have wasted space and many older programs will not just simply run on Windows 7. Also note, that most utilities you are familiar with will not or should not be used on W7.
You did not mention most of your hardware, so I assume you have used the Windows 7 upgrade adviser already. Yes? Important.

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#5
February 11, 2011 at 21:27:34
Thanks, Jeffro. Right now, the XP OS is on a Maxell 500GB that I want to use for the programs and data. If I go with a PC Mover assisted move, it will, obviously, put 7 on the same drive. I just can't figure out a way to get only the 7 on the Solid State 64GB drive, and the programs on the 500. It just may not be possible, but if there is a way, someone on this list will know how.

Cheers,

Duane


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#6
February 12, 2011 at 14:51:41
Hi Fingers. Yes, I've done the Upgrade Advisor, but since my current OS us XP, it simply told me that it couldn't be upgraded to 7. One of my problems is that in a move we made a couple of years ago, some of my original program disks were either lost or stolen, so it might cost me a ton to buy replacements. I'll have to do an inventory and check on software prices. I would like to have a clean install as you suggest, but I wonder how, if I use a partition on the 1TB drive, how will the programs not install to the C:\ (the SSDisk). Is it possible to move the programs to the partition on D:\ after it's been initially installed on C:\?

Also, and forgive me if this is a dumb question, is it possible to use the PCMover Upgrade Assistant to put 7 on the 1TB drive along with the programs I select, then move 7 (how do you do that, anyway--I've never heard of moving an OS to a different drive) to the Solid State? I'm really starting to lean toward the clean install.

Thanks for your help.

Cheers,

Duane


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#7
February 12, 2011 at 20:36:18
I left a note on your other post, but to be clear, I am pretty sure you cannot do as you are asking. To move from one drive to a newer or larger drive is relatively easy with the software that most hard drive companies offer free, but splitting the operating system only off one drive to put it onto another, I don't think it can be done. Look at this link, it is the most powerful tool of it's kind I have found and can do things most others cannot (at least in a single program):
http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bo...
You can download it for evaluation and it's large manual as well (long read), if you are able to use it, they ask you to pay for it (it will be worth it if it can). It has been a while since I read through the manual looking for something that I later realized was not worth the bother so I never really used it. They do include (or did back then) an optional feature that gets around the Primary Partition limit (basically unlimited), but you then need to always use their partitioning tools, and you might have to use their boot manager (I'm not sure anymore).

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