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Can I turn my in use external HDD into a win7 boot drive?

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Well I'm wondering, if I turn my 320gb external HDD(currently have 100gb used) into a windows 7 boot drive, will having all of those other files on there cause a problem? Or will the windows 7 install just seek out the files it needs while ignoring what I currently have on there?
post #2 of 13
one moment.. do you want to leave it usb or convert it to internal?
(from what i know both is possible but you will loose MUCH performance when booting from USB so it would be better to convert it to internal)
post #3 of 13
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I'm leaving it USB, I just want a portion of it to be reserved for a Win7 install, but have the other space still available that's currently holding my programs and files.
post #4 of 13
Why not confused.gif
Just go to disk management and set up a new partition for your operating system.
I've used ATTO to benchmark both my internal SATA HDD, and my external USB 3 drive.
they both score about the same, so in my case there wouldn't be a performance penalty.

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post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by Diamondhead View Post

Why not confused.gif
Just go to disk management and set up a new partition for your operating system.
I've used ATTO to benchmark both my internal SATA HDD, and my external USB 3 drive.
they both score about the same, so in my case there wouldn't be a performance penalty.
Cheers cheers.gif

Well I can only make a new partition for the drive if I format it correct?
post #6 of 13
go here.. sry its in german
375
right click on yo extarnal and make it smaller by the amount you need for yo win7 install..
then allocate the new unused space to a new partition.. you can do this also in the windows installation menue
but what you cant do there is to make the original partition smaller so you gotta do this thru the control panel first..
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go here.. sry its in german
375
right click on yo extarnal and make it smaller by the amount you need for yo win7 install..
then allocate the new unused space to a new partition.. you can do this also in the windows installation menue
but what you cant do there is to make the original partition smaller so you gotta do this thru the control panel first..

Hm, my external HDD's "Shrink Volume" option is grayed out, but my internal's have that option.
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Hm, my external HDD's "Shrink Volume" option is grayed out, but my internal's have that option.


aaah thats bad luck.. i do not know if another tool can do that. do you already have more than one partition on this disk?
do you have another hdd for backupping yo files?!
i know that you format it completely it will work.
maybe another user got more experience with this..

i had the same problem and it was due i had several partitions on one disk and it could only shring from the left (from left to right) partition but not that on the right side frown.gif
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aaah thats bad luck.. i do not know if another tool can do that. do you already have more than one partition on this disk?
do you have another hdd for backupping yo files?!
i know that you format it completely it will work.
maybe another user got more experience with this..
i had the same problem and it was due i had several partitions on one disk and it could only shring from the left (from left to right) partition but not that on the right side frown.gif

Hm, I'm potentially thinking that it's because I formatted my ext HDD to FAT32, so my ps3 would see it. The other drives that can be shrunk are all NTFS. Either way, I'll just wait overnight, copy over all 160 some-odd gb's of my data, format, make a separate partition of ~ 5gb to fit the win7 install, and copy back data, thanks for the help +rep'd smile.gif
post #10 of 13
aah.. didnt think about somebody is using something different than NTFS biggrin.gif

one more thing.. you will have to make a bigger partition for win 7 to run properly.. i take 20gig at least due 8gb win folder some gigs the program files folder and the cachefile!
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