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How can I move a partition to beginning of the disk in a fast and safe way?

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more info needed. Why? What's on the disk? What file systems? –  Journeyman Geek Oct 12 '12 at 11:49
    
Thanks, There is Windows XP installed on the first partition and Windows 7 on the last partition, I want to remove XP and move Windwow 7 as the first partition. –  Zim3r Oct 12 '12 at 13:02

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It would probably be safest to delete the first partition, resize the remainder as you wish, and then recreate the first partition and copy the Windows 7 files into that partition. I don't know of a Windows tool for this, but an easy way to do it is to use the Gparted Live CD. Gparted uses the Parted library, which is a widely known, tested and safe tool for partition management (though no tool can be fully safe of course).

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+1 Thanks, I think Norton Ghost will do fine. –  Zim3r Oct 12 '12 at 15:28

Run a backup on windows 7, restore it to the first partition, then delete the old windows 7 partition and resize once you know it works. That way, If something goes wrong, you have a backup ;p.

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+1 Thanks, yep that way at least I have the backup. –  Zim3r Oct 12 '12 at 15:27

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