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After I installed my new 2 TB hard drive, I started the Windows 7 installation to create partitions. I created two partitions on the new hard disk, one 100 GB in size as Windows partition, and I did set the remaining 1900 GB as secondary partition where I want to store huge programs and games, and very big folders of data, like my photo folders. After that I started to install Windows 7.

The installation of Windows doesn’t take time, but I was already annoyed because the next steps would be more time-consuming. When Windows 7 was installed, I shut down my PC to reinstall my old 500 GB drive that I divided up to 3 partitions back then. I deleted the partitions and made a single partition out of it, to move the 500 GB together. Before I did that, I had to move all the data to my new drive, and it was extremely time-consuming to move around 500 GB of data. When I was done, I moved not so important data back to the old drive because the hard disk is old, and I don’t want to store important data on it anymore, because I assume that my oldest hardware will die first at some point, in theory.

Now I could start to install all the drivers, security software and the small tools I need daily. I had to install a lot of small tools that I use regularly, so the whole process took time. When you are done with it, you want to configure different tools, or you want to import settings and data back, that was for example the case for my email tool Mozilla Thunderbird and Mozilla Firefox. Then I noticed that I used all kind of plugins and scripts, which means I had to reinstall them too. I had to do this or similar things with different tools, and that is annoying.

The next fun was to install huge tools like my graphics software, the music software and the plugins I need to play guitar through my PC and headphones, and of course the fairly big games, and I have a lot of big games that I play regularly. Some examples are World of Warcraft, Battlefield 4 and others, and it’s no fun to download games from the official servers that are around 50 GB in size. After two days installing and downloading, I should be done, although there are sometimes still some minor things that cross my mind, so that I have to install some things again.

I am usually very happy when I am done with a fresh installation of the whole system, because it takes time and thinking, because it’s no fun, and because I want to do it right. But now that I am almost done, I can concentrate on important things again.

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    • Yep, it’s worth the money and the time… I did delay the purchase month for month, but recently I had no space anymore to save more files, or to install new programs… had to get the HDD, the space should really be enough for the future.

  1. This is very similar to what I used to do. I still pretty much do the same thing, but I now put Windows on a 240 GB SSD drive instead of making a separate partition on a large HDD drive like I used to and everything runs much faster. The knock against SSDs is the price for the amount of storage, but I can usually find a 240 GB for $70-$75. Moving large programs, docs, downloads, music, pics, video, etc to a 2 TB HDD while only using the 240 GB SSD for Windows and normal size programs takes care of any storage issues. Doing it this way, you can use a backup program to backup the Windows SSD drive to the HDD drive. I used to use Acronis True Image, but I got tired of having to buy a new version every time a new version of Windows was released, so now I use EaseUS Todo Backup Free.

    It is time consuming to reinstall everything, but I have come up with ways to cut down on the time. If you use Firefox Sync, it will synchronize your bookmarks, history, tabs, passwords, add-ons, and preferences across all your devices. I have no idea if Thunderbird has a sync feature. If you use Google Chrome, signing in with your Google account will sync everything similar to the way Firefox does. Then you can use Ninite or PatchMyPC to reinstall a bunch of commonly used programs and keep them updated. I use PatchMyPC more often now because it still supports programs that Ninite no longer does.

    It sounds like a major reinstall of everything is the last thing you want to go through again right now, but next time you upgrade your PC, I strongly recommend the Windows and normal size programs on an SSD and everything else on a large HDD setup.

    • A lot of my friends have already SSD drives and this is definitely on my list too, but I couldn’t afford both this month and running out of space was a major issue so that I decided for the 2 TB drive first. But you are right, and I think it would have been better if I would have waited one more month to afford both the HDD and SSD. Now I have to reinstall Windows again over the next months. I used Ninite this time too, I got this suggestion on Reddit and I love it. I didn’t think about Firefox sync, thank you for this suggestion, I will look into this! I try to find out if Thunderbird has a sync feature as well, because that sounds really cool. 🙂

      I agree with your SSD suggestion, I have heard this will really speed up the system. The SSD is definitely the next thing to buy, but now I will wait until I decide to reinstall everything again, maybe in a few months. But the next install should be less time consuming, because most of the time was lost due to the moving of my files from the 500 GB drive to the 2 TB drive, that took a lot of time. Now that I have the most important files secured, the next installation will only be Windows and tools installation.

      Also thanks for the other suggestions like the backup program! 🙂

  2. You are welcome.

    EaseUS also has a free partitioning program that you can use called EaseUS Partition Master Free. You have to be careful, but if you are comfortable using partitioning software, then once you get the SSD you should be able to reformat the Windows partition on the 2 TB drive to clear it, and then merge it with the 1900 GB partition.

    • I will look into this, I have used partitioning software in the past, I believe I used tools from Norton and O&O back then when I remember right. Generally, I am not afraid to tinker with things, and I can do backups before I do so.

      Also I noticed something else about your other suggestion, I have read you can use EaseUS Todo Backup Free to make backups of all kind of folders.. I will install it over the next days, because I have at least 4 very important folders on my PC, and I’d like to have back-ups of them on the older drive, in case one of both hard disks breaks some day, because you never know. Of course I could do this manually, but if the tool allows me to do this automatically, it would be much more handy. I test this and if I like it, I might write a tutorial about it in the future 🙂

  3. I haven’t tried EaseUS for individual folders, but it should work okay. In the past I tried folders with True Image and it didn’t compress the size of the folders like it did the Windows partition, so I figured I would just transfer them to my backup drive manually. I didn’t think to time the speed of the True Image folder backups against the speed of manually doing a transfer. I eventually started using SyncToy to do the folder backup transfers because it seemed to transfer faster than a manual file transfer. Maybe one day I will take one of my large important folders and time how long it takes manually, how long with SyncToy, and how long with EaseUS.

    It sounds like the Smart Backup feature in EaseUS should make it pretty easy to do automatic folder backups. A tutorial would make interesting reading if it works good and you like it.

    • I usually did backup important stuff manually as well, if done regularly like once a week or once a month, the damage or loss of files shouldn’t be too big in case a drive breaks, that’s what I always thought. But if there is a fast way to sync files between two folders without taking too much system resources, it would ease the process of course. Testing it is on my to do list. 🙂 It’s great if you can find tools for all your needs 🙂

  4. If you didn’t live on the other side of an ocean, I’d invite you by to help me do some installing. My computer does NOT want Windows 10. I’ve gone through three installation attempts and it has errored out each time. I think I’ve gotten the message. It wants to stay Win 7 Pro.

    • I would have accepted the invite. I like to fix computers and do this a lot for friends and family 🙂 I am not a great fan of Windows 10, which is why I still install Windows 7 on my PC, but I would have helped you anyway 🙂 Can you find someone in your family or in the friend circle to check it out? I wish I would have a solution for your problem, but since this could have tons of reasons, it would be more guesswork now without seing what is happening during your installation. If you saw some kind of error code, you might get an idea when you ask Google, if not it could be more difficult than that, but I assume you tried already to find some clues.

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