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No worries, mate I hope I was of assistance. Cheers and good luck!
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Thanks for the rep!

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why not stick the 800mb of files on a usb stick?! and then completely format the whole thing!

clean install > upgrade.

EDIT
just realised its GB not mb lol why not get an external HDD and stick em on that?!
Edited by Big-Pete - 11/2/11 at 7:33am
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why not stick the 800mb of files on a usb stick?! and then completely format the whole thing!

clean install > upgrade.

EDIT
just realised its GB not mb lol why not get an external HDD and stick em on that?!

By that logic - why not get an internal HDD and install OS on it. Spares you the act of copying. +External HDDs are more expensive and slower.
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Personally I would do a clean install like ronnin said. And yes use 64 bit.
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By that logic - why not get an internal HDD and install OS on it. Spares you the act of copying. +External HDDs are more expensive and slower.
TBH its not a bad shout considering hes "only" got a WD cav black a nice SSD would do wonders.
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Speaking from personal experience, I upgraded Windows XP 64-bit to Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit using sofware called Laplink PC Mover, basically it allows you to keep all of your files and programs in tact whilst upgrading, it worked flawlessly for me although it does come at a price.

http://www.laplink.com/pcmover
^+1. Most of this discussion about different OS versions misses what should be the OP's primary concern: you *cannot* perform an *in place* upgrade to Win 7 over XP. You *must* do a clean install, which would require finding a way to back up all of his data files *and* reinstalling/reconfiguring his apps.

Assuming he wants to avoid this (and he has stated he doesn't want to buy another drive for backup), eleymonster's suggestion quoted above is the only solution I am aware of and the one I used. It *does* work.

However the OP can save himself a bit of money by buying a different Laplink product that is designed specifically to allow in place upgrades to XP:

"Upgrade Assistant" is $29.95 on the laplink.com site while "PC Mover" is $39.95. The main difference between them is that PC Mover allows you to upgrade between two different PCs/HDs while with assistant you can only upgrade on the disc containing XP that you want to run Win 7 on. Dell's online store had the Assistant app for closer to $20, instant download, which is where I bought it.
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^+1. Most of this discussion about different OS versions misses what should be the OP's primary concern: you *cannot* perform an *in place* upgrade to Win 7 over XP. You *must* do a clean install, which would require finding a way to back up all of his data files *and* reinstalling/reconfiguring his apps.

Assuming he wants to avoid this (and he has stated he doesn't want to buy another drive for backup), eleymonster's suggestion quoted above is the only solution I am aware of and the one I used. It *does* work.

However the OP can save himself a bit of money by buying a different Laplink product that is designed specifically to allow in place upgrades to XP:

"Upgrade Assistant" is $29.95 on the laplink.com site while "PC Mover" is $39.95. The main difference between them is that PC Mover allows you to upgrade between two different PCs/HDs while with assistant you can only upgrade on the disc containing XP that you want to run Win 7 on. Dell's online store had the Assistant app for closer to $20, instant download, which is where I bought it.
Actually, *no*. You *don't* need backup for *clean* install of 7 over XP, because 7 automatically puts everything in C:\\Windows.old, so nothing's lost (Unless your FS is FAT32, then HDD is formatted to NTFS)

But if you crave for additional safety - sure, backups.
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Actually, *no*. You *don't* need backup for *clean* install of 7 over XP, because 7 automatically puts everything in C:\\Windows.old, so nothing's lost (Unless your FS is FAT32, then HDD is formatted to NTFS)

But if you crave for additional safety - sure, backups.
I think what would happen in that scenario is that the data in your user folder would be preserved but you would still have to reinstall and reconfigure all your apps. No?
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why not stick the 800mb of files on a usb stick?! and then completely format the whole thing!

clean install > upgrade.

EDIT
just realised its GB not mb lol why not get an external HDD and stick em on that?!

I do not want to buy another external HDD , nor internal HDD.

Why ?

1. Prices in my country are now a minimum of ~2x higher than before , because of the floods at Thailand.

2. I am waiting for Ivy Bridge CPU generation from Intel and preferably new Nvidia GPUs. So I am saving up money for a monster PC.



My External HDD , it's from WD - Passport edition , 500 GB. 433 GB usable and it's basicly full of data I can't delete. And , I have another 800 GB of personal data I need to back up.




Umm , I can might get a WD 160 GB hdd for free , or a small price.

So I could put Win 7 on it and the data that's on my WD 1 TB will be usable ?
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