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Old 01-16-2009, 02:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I would like to use gparted live so I can put Win 7 on another partition on my HD. I never used it before so I am going to ask here. Is all I have to do is resize my HD and create a new partition? I see there is a resize option in the GUI. After I resize my current partition, do I need to assign it a drive letter say to D: If so, how do I do this or is it down automatically? Also, Do I need to format it?

Then What I want to do is take an already image of my Win 7 created from acronis true image home 2009 bootable CD and put it on the newly partitioned drive or will I need to reinstall the OS on it's own?


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Old 01-16-2009, 02:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You just resize it. then you will have a space on there that has no file system or anything. Right click on that and format it to NTFS. You dont have to assign a drive letter. That will be done by Windows during the install.

Is the Acronis Image bootable? If so then you should be able to just install that.
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yes, My acronis is bootable so I can do it the way I stated and it won't mess up any of my file system of my already installed XP OS?

Also, when Win 7 expires will I be able to delete that partition and add the space to it back to XP (C: Drive)?

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No you shouldnt mess up your XP install. I wont guarantee it cause i have not used Acronis in years. Last time i checked Acronis wanted you to use the whole drive for a Image and will use that same amount of space on the placement of that Image again.

Meaning that if you had a 40GB partition used for Win7 when you made the image and you tried to go to a 20GB partition it wouldnt work cause Acrnois also took the other 20GB into account even if it was jsut free space.

Again i cant tell you for sure. I dont use Acrnois.

After the Beta yes you can add it back. Just do the opposite of what you did to create the new drive.
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Thanks for the help Mak. Much appreciated. Just to be on the safe side I think I will wait on doing this until, hopefully, someone can verify that it is OK to do without messing it up.

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