Boot Win 7 Paritition copied to Empty space after Win XP on old HDD?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by crashnburn, Jul 5, 2015.

  1. crashnburn

    crashnburn MDL Senior Member

    Mar 18, 2010
    Boot Win 7 Paritition copied to Empty space after Win XP on old HDD?

    I plan to upgrade my main OS from Win 7 SP1 x64 to 8 to 8.1. But to take the risk out of it...

    I copied my main Win 7 Partition from my SSD to Empty space on old HDD after Win XP partition. (at night.. so I dont have to wait around for 200+ GB going over)

    SSD 240 GB: [System Reserved: 200 MB] [SSD_P1 240GB]
    HDD 320GB: [Win XP 33GB] [SSD_P1 Copy 240GB ][Free Space][OEM Recovery partition]

    I copied this using Paragon HDM 12 Pro

    I did not copy the [System Reserved] partition as I wasnt sure how it would fit in.. and since its 200 MB, should be easier to "move" / "copy" if needed.

    Now, I read that there is a way to make Win 7 bootable without the SysRrv 200 MB partition.

    Or do I need to copy the 200 M partition? Is there a way to make the Win 7 boot while letting the rest of the MBR & booters (Win XP and OEM Recovery) continue working?

    What way should I follow? What steps should I take?

    PPS: Once this experiment is successful, I'd like to upgrade my SSD with Win 8.. But I am wondering if I should keep the 200 M partn around or merge it.. It just creates additional 'partition's to worry about.
    What are the pros & cons of that?
  2. Mutagen

    Mutagen MDL Addicted

    Feb 18, 2013
    #2 Mutagen, Jul 5, 2015
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