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PostSubject: Windows 7 Computer with 1TB HDD   11/28/2009, 22:21

Well, I did it - I bought a new computer and it has this huge HDD. Would it be a good idea to partition it, so stuff won't "rattle around" in that large space? I am also looking into running XP in a VM (if I can figure out how to do that), since I have some old applications that do not want to work on Windows 7. Any advice and suggestions would be mightily appreciated!

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PostSubject: Re: Windows 7 Computer with 1TB HDD   11/29/2009, 01:47

Hi Rike, haven't seen you around in a long time. Yes, I would divide that huge HD into one or 2 smaller partitions (20-40GB) each for the OS and Applications, and use the remaining large partition for your data and image files. If Windows 7 has built-in utilities to resize active partitions, which it likely does (XP does not) , then you are home free. If not, You will probably need Norton's Partition Magic or an equivalent application if you want to keep your Windows 7 OS and currently installed applications intact, or else when you partition your HD the normal way, you will have to re-install Windows 7 and the applications you currently have on there. Here's a free utility called GParted that will resize active partitions, and instructions for downloading and using it if Windows 7 doesn't have those built-in utilities for resizing active partitions:

http://www.techspot.com/guides/143-dual-boot-windows7/page2.html

Here's a couple of good places to start with on how to install WinXP Mode in a VM with what look like fairly easy instructions to follow:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

http://www.petri.co.il/installing-windows-xpm-on-windows-7.htm

Be sure to look them both over carefully before deciding.

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PostSubject: Re: Windows 7 Computer with 1TB HDD   12/1/2009, 01:26

Thanks, Repa - these articles make it sound real easy.
I will let you know how I'm getting along. I was going to get started right away, but now we will be moving again next week - Carl has an appointment with the VA in Prescott.
Have a great Holiday Season.

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