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Safely installing Windows without losing filesystem
« on: 06. May 2016, 17:21:48 »
Hello. Unfortunately, I have to uninstall Manjaro for Windows 7. But, I've attained quite a lot of files, that I wouldn't want to lose. So I was wondering, would anyone know of a way to install Windows without losing the previous filesystem?
I can't find any help for this, hopefully you guys can help.
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Re: Safely installing Windows without losing filesystem
« Reply #1 on: 06. May 2016, 18:10:01 »
just back your files up to external media of some sort and copy them to your install of Windows when completed.

That is the simple method with the data you provided for this issue.  I back up to an external hard drive every other week.
« Last Edit: 06. May 2016, 18:11:38 by Windowsfree »
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Re: Safely installing Windows without losing filesystem
« Reply #2 on: 06. May 2016, 18:25:32 »
Thank for you reply, but I'm a student and I can't really afford an external drive currently.
The reason I need to install Windows is due to certain student programs I have to install.
And I can't run VirtualBox due to an error I can't find a fix for.

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Re: Safely installing Windows without losing filesystem
« Reply #3 on: 06. May 2016, 19:29:13 »
do you have a cloud drive you can upload to?
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Re: Safely installing Windows without losing filesystem
« Reply #4 on: 06. May 2016, 19:44:29 »
Nothing that could hold all of it. I have a large library of data, about 130 gigabytes.

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Re: Safely installing Windows without losing filesystem
« Reply #5 on: 06. May 2016, 20:01:46 »
How large is the hard drive ?

You could make a new data NTFS partition and move your data there, then format the the other partition for your windows install, leaving the first data partition alone and then have access to it that way.
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Re: Safely installing Windows without losing filesystem
« Reply #6 on: 06. May 2016, 20:23:18 »


These are the details for the partitions/drive. (Excuse the 40 gigabytes of unallocated space.)

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Re: Safely installing Windows without losing filesystem
« Reply #7 on: 07. May 2016, 17:30:49 »
Yes, it is possible to install windows 7 on that 46GB partition without wiping manjaro. I've never done it myself but I'm certain it is possible.
Check this link.
https://www.maketecheasier.com/reinstall-windows-7-without-reformatting-the-hard-drive/
Or check on windows own site, that is where I would ask for help.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/installing-reinstalling-windows#1TC=windows-7

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Re: Safely installing Windows without losing filesystem
« Reply #8 on: 08. May 2016, 19:48:21 »
Yes, it is possible to install windows 7 on that 46GB partition without wiping manjaro.

Well I also think it's  possible, but it won't be easy.
In my opinion, U would probably have to make a few steps.

First of all, Windows installer ALWAYS need a MBR at the beginning of the disc (not the beginning of partition).
So to make it happen' U will have to partition the 40+GB free space to NTFS and then U will have to temporary wipe out the GRUB and restore MBR to the disc.
Then use the 40+GB partition and install Win 7 on it.
After the install U will have to manually or using Linux Live-Cd/Live-Usb install Grub again and update it, so it can recognize the Win 7 install.

At least I would do it like that. Hope it helps U.