Can I clone a typical 2-partition Windows 7 install into 1 partition?

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  1. Fuji

    Fuji MDL Novice

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    I have a hard drive with a typical 2-partition Windows 7 install. It has the 100MB partition and then the main data partition. Well, I bought a larger hard drive and I don't want to reinstall Windows 7, my programs, etc. with the new drive. I just want to clone the old one and go.

    Do I need to make a separate 100MB system partition and clone it separately or can I clone both partitions into a new single larger one?
     
  2. Phazor

    Phazor MDL Expert

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    I believe the built-in Windows Backup allows you to do such a migration as it auto-backups/auto-restores the 100MB partition along with C:\

    If you prefer to clone from/to directly; newer versions of 3rd party soft like Acronis are aware of the extra partition too...
     
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  3. nukkelhet

    nukkelhet MDL Novice

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    Hi,
    You could use the program HdClone which clones a complete disc including all it's partitions into a new disc. The result will be a new disc with the same partitions you had.
     
  4. acyuta

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  6. calpo

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    @urie

    That's a good one. By the way do you know what kind of software to wipe Disk , I mean Bootable CD Drive Wipe ?

    Thanks
     
  7. urie

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    If by disk wipe you mean format MiniTool Partition Wizard can do it you can also make bootable cd or usb thumbdrive.
     
  8. calpo

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    #8 calpo, Nov 3, 2010
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    @urie

    I mean a Bootable CD that I want to erase the whole hard disk ... then partition ... format windows again ,,, Just because I got a hard disk from my friend.
     
  9. Fuji

    Fuji MDL Novice

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    #9 Fuji, Nov 3, 2010
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    Thanks for all of the great suggestions!

    I ended up using a free third-party backup/clone software called EASEUS. I wanted to try the Windows 7 backup version but it was a backup & restore procedure, which I didn't want.
     
  10. Fuji

    Fuji MDL Novice

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    If I understand correctly, you want to first wipe the whole hard drive? If so, you can use a program called Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN). It can be made into a bootable CD/DVD/USB drive.
     
  11. Tito

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    Yap, but for wiping and partitioning both, I think gparted is better choice....
     
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    @urie

    Thanks a lot for your info.

    Have a good day
     
  14. acyuta

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    Please one small query on Partition Wizard. I wanted to resize my primary hard disk (Caviar Black 2 TB) which had C: plus 3 more partitions. Did I do this right:
    1. restored C: to the earliest stage image (basic). Could have kept my PC at present image and then resized but then perhaps earlier images would have been useless. This was a matter of reducing size of c: and not increasing it (had given it perhaps 30-40 GB additional for a total of 150 GB).
    2. Anyway, restored the basic image of C: 150 GB. Was using only 40 GB with perhaps only 5 GB of additional use potential.
    3. Booted from mini-tool partition wizard and resized it to 110 GB and also did some reallocation on other partitions.
    4. applied the changes and took an hour to complete the resizing.
    5. booted back into windows.
    6. installed all software on top of basic image.

    Is it fine to resize (in my case reduce the c drive) without compromising on bootability or system performance. Bootability was not an issue since my PC is working fine after resiZing.
     
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