Install Windows 7 & Windows 10 on same SSD

July 13, 2015 at 11:34:40
Specs: Windows 7, Intel i5 4570 3.2 Ghz
How do install 2 OS on 1 SSD I mostly use W7 Home 64x on my main PC but want to run W10 on the same SSD. I do have a 2nd 1TB HDD but have tried W10 but have to re-format it and don`t want to do as its a document/mp3 storage drive.

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#1
July 13, 2015 at 12:38:56

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#2
July 13, 2015 at 13:21:25
Thanks but tried all that before. I want to shrink the volume down by 30GB to allow W10 to be installed but have only 3000MB available. I was told that its not possible to partition my SSD.

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#3
July 13, 2015 at 15:24:37
I was told that its not possible to partition my SSD.

News to me...' as my understanding is that one can partition them as one wishes...?

http://tinyurl.com/q65tulc - discusses it for a blank/empty SSD.

and this refer to shrinking/resizing the existing single partition:

http://superuser.com/questions/4144...

Acronis and Easus are two (partitioning) utilities which allegedly work with an SSD to the same end.

Not having (yet) used an SSD, and consequently had to consider tweaking/resizing a partition size... can't advise from personal experience. Likely others here can and will advise more fully?

Meanwhile... "before" you do anything with the current drive - especially tweaking/resizing the partition(s) - safeguard "al" your personal files. Copy them to external storage; typically DVD but another external hard drive is nice(r) too. Verify the copies are accessible etc. on at least one other working system Then put them (suitable labeled of course) in a safe place.

Once you have safeguarded your files you can then more easily/comfortably proceed with your intended project; knowing that "if" anything goes awry... your personal files are safe elsewhere.

Even consider creating a backup of the entire system as is; so that you can re-install the backup (rebuild the system as is) if it all really goes - erm - up the swannee... At the least safeguard "your files"?


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#4
July 13, 2015 at 15:30:43
From where are you getting the information that you can't resize the SSD?

Rereading your initial post and then your subsequent... it would seem that you simply don't have enuff space to allow a partition resize to the degree you want?

You may be better getting another (larger) drive - be it SSD or "conventional"; creating at least two partitions on it; cloning the current drive to it in its own partition; then set about dual boot with win-10 (which presumably is viable?)and cr


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#5
July 13, 2015 at 19:37:24
You could get a larger SSD drive OR, you could just get another small SSD drive and use that just to install Windows 10 on. This is assuming you have a desktop PC and have a free SATA port and a place to mount it.... OR get a larger SSD and clone your current squeezed in Windows 7 installation over to it and use the smaller one for your Windows 10 installation.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#6
July 14, 2015 at 04:31:48
Well I have a 250GB Samsung Evo with 150GB free space but when I go to partition it with the windows tool it tells me I have only 3000mb free. So thats the problem I keep getting. A larger SSD won`t help as I`ll run into the same problem again.

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July 14, 2015 at 07:09:24

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#8
July 14, 2015 at 12:34:18
Tried it. get the same results. so cant partition my SSD.

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#9
July 14, 2015 at 16:06:54
If you had a larger (and "blank") SSD and reconfigured it afresh - either via Windows setup or Easus/Acronis etc. - I can't understand why that approach wouldn't work.

A 1TB SSD isn't too horrendous these days - depending on where one is located, and one's personal financial circumstances?


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