Thread: resizing bootcamp safely
04-21-2011, 09:57 PM #1resizing bootcamp safely
I bought my first MacbookPro last summer . It already had bootcamp on it with Win7 but only 30 Gig and the HD is 300 Gig. I would like to increase my Win7 partition but do not have a CD for it . Is there a way to image My Win7 partition on an external HD and boot it from there to see that it is a true bootable image before taking the full drive in OSx and reinstall that image using bootcamp with new size of partition. I Have to use Win7 for a treasury program that runs only in Win7 and enjoy a few other programs on it but I now need more space but not to the point of bying a full version very pricy to me. It needs to be a pretested method of course. Of course I will need to save the whole HD first but does that means it saves bootcamp and Win7 also and does it have to be saved on a Osx based external HD
Thanks for sharing your knowledge with a newbie in this dangerous attempt.
04-22-2011, 12:52 AM #2
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Without a valid DVD including product ID number, your copy of Windows 7 is not legal anyway. I suggest buying a copy and then change the product ID using the Windows 7 activation tool. That will make the copy legal.
You can buy a full install OEM system builders version of Windows 7 Home Premium from NewEgg for $99.99 including free shipping.
You really need the Windows 7 DVD anyway in case you have to reinstall for some reason. As for increasing the size of your Boot Camp partition non-destructively, I suggest buying a copy of CampTune 9 from Paragon Software. It's $19.95 and will do the resizing without loss of data.
04-22-2011, 07:29 AM #3
what is a system builders version. How come it is even cheaper than an upgrade version
04-22-2011, 08:08 AM #4
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04-22-2011, 09:12 AM #5
would there be an other option as creating a third partition for storing data without having to reinstall win7
and what about my last question I had about saving an image of my HD. Would it saved both system as they are now and be still bootable as it is now for both OS
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