I did what many others have done. I installed Win 7 partition on a partition on the same drive as XP. And XP was on C drive while Win7 was installed to F drive. I have removed XP from C drive and repaired Win7. Windows 7 boot fine.
Now, I just want to move Win 7 to the beginning of the drive but unsure how - as Acronis doesn't allow me to clone Win 7 partition to the same drive - even though its another partition. Is there any way round this? Thanks in advance”
Yes, you just need a great third-party tool, which can help you clone system partition and will not cost you a cent.
When need to clone Win 7 partition to the same drive?
1. You want to create a duplicate in case something unexpectedly happens. Unexpected things exist everywhere. If you don’t want to lose something data, you need a duplicate one. It can help you to get your files or other data again when needed.
2. You don’t want to buy or connect a new drive on your computer. A laptop user can only be allowed to install one hard disk while a desktop user can install multiple hard disks. If you are a laptop user, you cannot be allowed to install a second. Cloning win 7 partition to the same drive may be a great choice for you. If you are a desktop user, you can install a new one together with your original disk.
3. Your partition has bad sectors. In this case, you can do a disk surface test first, find out the bad sectors and clone it to another partition. The bad sector you clone to another partition will not damage the sectors in a newly partition. It just contains the bad sectors.
4. The system partition is installed on a different location and users want to move it to the beginning of the drive. If the OS is installed at the beginning of drive, the performance will be better.
Backup OS and data for security
Accident is everywhere, so you need to protect your data and OS. Backing up them before you start any operation is one of the best prevention measures. To create a backup, you need a professional backup and restore software, which can help you to restore your computer to an earlier date when your computer work properly. And here, I strongly recommend you AOMEI Backupper Professional. It can help you.
Now, connect the recognized USB drive or external hard drive to your computer. Then, download AOMEI Backupper Professional and open it. Click Backup and System Backup, select backup location, click Start Backup to start the operation.
How to clone Win 7 partition to another partition
In Windows 7, you can see system reserved partition on MBR disk or EFI system partition on GPT disk. It depends on partition style of your disk. And here, I strongly recommend you AOMEI Backupper Professional, which can automatically select system partition and other related partition for you.
If there is no need to clone the partition to another disk, cloning Win 7 to another partition is enough. Below is the guide:
Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper Professional, select the System Clone, then enter another window. To clone only data partition, click Partition clone.
Step 2. Select a destination partition to store the system partition, then click Next.
Step 3. Now, you can see an Operation Summary as follow. When you ensure all the choice you made is correct, just move your figure to click Start Clone.
Notice: In the lower left quarter, you can see three options. However, sometimes, there are only 2options if your target disk is smaller. You can choose one or more according to your needs.
If you want to adjust the size of the destination disk, select the first choice – Edit partitions on the destination disk. It can resolve the left unallocated space after cloning disk to larger disk.
If you want to clone all data without any loss, select Sector by Sector Clone.
If you clone Win 7 partition to SSD, select the third one to improve its reading and writing speed. Also, it can extend the life of SSDs.
Step 4. Just wait for a few minutes and click Finish.
Notice: If you are afraid that the data is not complete during the progress you clone Win 7 partition to the same drive, you can click On completion. It can check your data, and tell you the operation has been completed successfully or not.
Workaround to clone Win 7 partition to SSD
Here, I am going to introduce you a different way I saw in the forum. You can try it with the detailed steps below.
Step 1. Create a backup for your first partition and delete it.
Step 2. Right-click your system partition and copy it to the first partition.
Step 3. Right-click the original system partition and delete it.
Step 4. Connect the installation disc to your computer and run Startup repair 3 times. It will repair the problem on your computer. Then, your partition is moved to the start of disk.
In addition, you can try to move system partition with a third-party tool like AOMEI Partition Assistant.
It is really easy to clone win 7 partition to the same drive with the help of AOMEI Backupper Standard. And you can boot your computer successfully without any obstacle. it also provides you the corresponding functions, including Partition Clone and Disk Clone.
Beside Clone, AOMEI Backkupper Professional is still a backup and restore software. It allows you to create all kinds of backup, such as, System Backup, Disk Backup, File Backup, then restore image to new drive when needed.
Download AOMEI Backupper Professional and try to clone Windows 7 partitions with the steps above.