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Installing Win 7 without formatting C drive.

Just wondering if I can install a new hard drive, and boot win 7 off of it. I really don't want to format my C drive, or go through the hassle of moving everything on it.
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  1. That new drive will become the C, unless you go through some weird gyrations to make it otherwise.

    And the new Windows installation will not know anything about your current applications. They'll need to be reinstalled.

    What are you actually trying to do?
  2. I'm upgrading from Windows XP to Win 7. Put it off long enough, and figured it's time. I have 2 HDD in my PC right now that are partitioned already, and I don't want to lose everything in the process. So I thought that maybe if I installed a new drive, and put windows 7 on it, I might be able to get around all that.
  3. You won't lose anything on the other two drives. In fact, they should be disconnected during the fresh install anyway.

    But yes, all your applications will need to be reinstalled. The new installation will not know anything about them.
  4. I won't be able to add shortcuts or access them through my computer?
  5. Catchdog said:
    I won't be able to add shortcuts or access them through my computer?


    When an application is installed, it adds many things to the current Windows install. Registry entries, something in AppData, something in Program Files.

    No...for most things, just a shortcut won't do it.
  6. Well crap. That's going to suck. I'm on sat internet, and anything Steam is really unhandy.
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    Catchdog said:
    Well crap. That's going to suck. I'm on sat internet, and anything Steam is really unhandy.


    Ahhh....
    For Steam, it is relatively easy.
    Moving a Steam Installation and Games
    How do I install games on a different hard drive or location?

    For most other things, though, a reinstall is needed.
  8. Catchdog said:
    Well crap. That's going to suck. I'm on sat internet, and anything Steam is really unhandy.

    i was too slow
  9. If you get another HDD and load win7 on it, install your MB drivers for win7. Then install your other two drives and you will be able to access them too. Even run programs that are on them. Make sure the new win7 drive is in the first sata port, usually sata0. With some boards this makes a difference. Install the other two drives in the next sata posts leaving the win7 in the same port (sata0) that it was loaded on. You can create shortcuts on your new win7 for programs, etc on the two older drives. I have done this in the past and was able to run everything on the other drives.
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