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Windows 7: Changing primary partitions to logical


03 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Changing primary partitions to logical

So, I want to have Windows 7 Home Premium 86x and 64x versions installed on my PC with dualboot. I have 86x version of Windows 7 installed already. So, for 64x version, I have to create a new partition. The problem is, I already have 4 primary partitions, so I can't create a new one (I read somewhere that Windows have to be installed on a primary partition). Here is the picture:
(Don't mind disk 2, it's just the external drive).

If I try to create a partition on "Unallocated", Acronis Disk says this:


My question is, which of these partitions on disk 1 can I safely convert to logical? If I am wrong here and I still won't be able to create a new primary partition for Windows to be installed on, please let me know. I'm really not so good at this things.

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03 Mar 2011   #2
Arc

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

This tutorial will help you to make the new partition as logical.
Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

The local volume can be converted to logical safely. At first you are to back the entire data of the volume up . Then Boot into Partition Wizard live CD (download link is there in the tutorial). Now format the partition as logical .

Edit : I guessed that windows is not installed in Local Volume; it is in boot. I dont ues acronis. If you cam post a snip of your disk management window it would be easier to understand the situation more properly .
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03 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Do you suggest method 1 or 2?

EDIT: OK, I didn't read carefully, the method 2 is the one to use.
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03 Mar 2011   #4
Arc

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by benja8151 View Post
Do you suggest method 1 or 2?

EDIT: OK, I didn't read carefully, the method 2 is the one to use.
Yes method 2 is my suggestion. Partition Wizard is a great free tool . It is an asset to you . But before proceeding, make it sure that windows is not installed in that partition (it should be in the boot partition), and dont forget to back your data up. You are to replace all those data after formatting it as logical .
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03 Mar 2011   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Edit : I guessed that windows is not installed in Local Volume; it is in boot. I dont ues acronis. If you cam post a snip of your disk management window it would be easier to understand the situation more properly .
Ok, but the language is Slovene, I hope you will understand a bit.
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03 Mar 2011   #6
Arc

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Acronis says the last partition is of 1001 gb, but disk management is saying it to be 1 gb (the OEM partition) ! Gb. There must be something wrong in my understanding the Acronis window.

Better you create a new partition in the unallocated 97.66 gb space, and format it as logical.
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03 Mar 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Acronis says the last partition is of 1001 gb, but disk management is saying it to be 1 gb (the OEM partition) ! Gb. There must be something wrong in my understanding the Acronis window.

Better you create a new partition in the unallocated 97.66 gb space, and format it as logical.
Yeah, but will I be able to install Windows 7 x64 on a logical partition?
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03 Mar 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Holy over-partitioning, Batman! Have you considered drastically simplifying? First off, I'd ditch the dual-booting and go with a VM, especially since you are dual-booting the same OS. You don't need to worry about testing anymore or have a fear of going to x64. Second, if you make recovery discs and store them safe, you an do away with recovery partitions and regain the space.

K.I.S.S. is the philosophy I follow.
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03 Mar 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

The problem with virtualization is that I can't use all RAM available.
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03 Mar 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You could if you did a clean install with Windows 7 x64 only. Then if you needed to run an x86 OS, you could do so easily.
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