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Upgrading Vista to Windows 7


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#1 Bufordboy

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 10:48 PM

Hi I hope someone here can give me some advice. I purchased an Acer aspire laptop for my daughter a year or so ago and on the box it said 60 GB HD, but in reality it is a dual HD with 30 GB each, one marked "Acer" :C and a second marked "Data" :D Now one prob is that within a short time the C drive was pretty full and the thing is running pretty slow. I moved as much stuff as I felt comfortable with to the D drive and C is still 80% full!!! I can't upgrade to Windows 7 right now because I don't have the 16 GB I need to do this on the C drive. If I do a custom install of Windows 7 on the D drive will it still work?? Oh I did upgrade the original RAM volume from 500 MB to 1.5 GB this helped the speed at first, but as the HD got fiuller and fuller it slowed again.

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 10:53 PM

why not just back all data to the D drive and then do a clean/custom install to the C drive. :huh:
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Posted 22 May 2010 - 11:01 PM

You mean copy everything from C to D? then custom install to C? I guess i don't understand what happens to Vista. Does it stay on C? This is an upgrade version of 7 for Vista.

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 11:29 PM

Vista, or 7 doesn't make much sense on 30GB partition, because after a while of usage, Windows folder will be closing on 20GB in size.
You either buy a bigger drive, or you format existing one to get a whole 60GB in one piece.
You can perform clean Windows 7 installation, even if you have just upgrade DVD.
Here is how: http://www.smartestcomputing.us.com/index....showtopic=38243

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 11:32 PM

Well the question is it 2 physical hard drives or is it two partitions?
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Posted 22 May 2010 - 11:36 PM

Hmmm...laptop with two hard drives? :huh:

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 11:36 PM

Hmmm good question. I'm not a complete amatuer, but where would I look to figure that out.

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 11:38 PM

Hmmm...laptop with two hard drives? :huh:


hey mine is a 2 bay laptop. to support 2 drives...

As for where to look i would look in disk manager.

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 11:40 PM

Yeah Im not overly fond of Acer right now. Obviously they sell this entry level laptop knowing within a short time you will have to pump money ionto it just to get it to function!!

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 11:41 PM

mine is a 2 bay laptop. to support 2 drives

Not very typical, at least and not with two 30GB drives. It doesn't make sense...but, one can always be wrong.

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 11:42 PM

K guys thanks it is getting late here, so I'm gonna check this stuff tomorrow and see what I can come up with.

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 12:49 AM

Just a thought - have discs been compressed ? I not sure of BP opinion of compressing them
There were a lot more bits but much less storage in old mainframes

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 11:44 AM

Compression slows a computer to a crawl, so no that would not be a good idea.
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Posted 25 May 2010 - 02:11 PM

I can assure you it's one drive with 2 partitions. My mom's crappy old Acer was set up this way (80GB split into 40-40).

But if you want to see for yourself...

Type the following into the Start Menu, and hit Enter:

diskmgmt.msc

Maximize this Disk Management window, then take a screenshot using this tutorial. Upload it to the internet (any file/image hosting site will do, I use Imageshack). Then post it here in your topic.

This makes it easier to see what's going on in the partitions and drives on your system.

I would recommend saving all your data to the D: partition, do a clean install of Windows 7 on the C: (I don't recommend in-place upgrades), move your data back to C: after the clean install, then delete D:, and expand C: back into the empty space (to regain all 60GB). There's no point in having the drive partitioned.
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