XP Easy Transfer with two partitions to Windows 7

Posted on 2011-10-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
The customer has a Dell XP Pro with two partitions.  One for programs, and the other for documents.  She is updating to Windows 7 on the same machine.  Does Easy Transfer have a problem with dual partitions?  Do I need to know anything special?  Thanks
Question by:jtabakman
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    Since it's going onto the same machine, I'll assume you are using an external drive to store the trasnfer files.  Windows Easy Transfer will not migrate your programs, but when you run it on your XP machine, you can customize what files it grabs for migration.  The partitions should not matter since when you copy the data over to Windows 7, you can also customize what you want to copy as there as well.

    This link goes into great detail for the entire process:
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    I would also make a separate backup of all her documents too, just in case.  Also, some programs such as Adobe use Activation.  So if she uses those, be sure to deactivate the programs before migrating.

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    I used a 250GB external drive.  I noted that when I cloned the original drive as a precaution to a 500GB drive, the existing partitions automatically expanded on the 500GB drive which was really a nice touch (Used Casper for the clone).  I then cloned the old drive to a new 320GB drive and ran the program.  Everything worked out.

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