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Windows 7: Windows Format Partition Request


08 Jun 2011   #1

7 professional 64
 
 
Windows Format Partition Request

Hi
I've recently installed Windows 7 as a dual boot with the documents folders on a seperate partition.
It's working fine but windows 7 keeps telling me I need to format the drive.
Whys it doing that and how do I stop it ?
Thanks
Paul

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08 Jun 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello tetatate, welcome to SevenForums!



Before we make any specific recommendations will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a maximized snip of that.



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08 Jun 2011   #3

7 professional 64
 
 

Hi

Thanks for your reply .
I have uploaded the screenshot as suggested .
There is one partitioned hard drive .
D . contains XP OS
C. contians Windows 7
E contains folders shared between the two operating systems


I'ts E that Windows 7 keeps telling me to format .

I'm not sure what the 3 gb partition is about .

Regards
Paul


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08 Jun 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I don't quite know how you've managed it, but you've got Windows on a logical partition, which is not good.

What are partitions and logical drives?

This screenshot shows my dual-boot disk management setup:

Windows Format Partition Request-disk-management.png

Your first partition should only be 100-200Mb or so and holds the boot information.

If you are dual booting, your C and D partitions need to be primary partitions.

You can have up to four primary partitions on a single drive. If you need more you would have to create logical partitions in your last primary partition.

Looking at your setup you need to back anything important up, wipe your drive and start again.


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08 Jun 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Yes tetatate, see if you can change your Windows 7 partition to a Primary drive.
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09 Jun 2011   #6

7 professional 64
 
 

Hi

Thganks .

Ok it does look a bit odd but it is working , and does this explain the prompt to format drive E ?
I guess the only way to change a partition to a primary drive is during the formating process ?

You say the first partition should contain the boot information , how is that done , that is how do I load
the boot information on that partition ?

I see that all your partitions are primary drives , I know that the operating systems should be on primary drives ( thought I'm not clear why ) but why do you have E your backup on a primary drive , wouldn't a logical drive be more usual ?

Thanks for your help .
Paul
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09 Jun 2011   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
I don't quite know how you've managed it, but you've got Windows on a logical partition, which is not good.
There is nothing wrong with your Windows 7 partition to be a logical partition. Since the XP partition is the active partition, it contains the bootmgr.

It looks like you installed Windows 7 after XP was already present. Then you get this kind of configuration. And there is no 100MB active partition if you install Windows 7 into a predefined partition.

Bottom line - you need not change anything as long as you keep XP around.

Quote:
I know that the operating systems should be on primary drives
Only if it is the active partition.
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09 Jun 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post

There is nothing wrong with your Windows 7 partition to be a logical partition. Since the XP partition is the active partition, it contains the bootmgr.

Bottom line - you need not change anything as long as you keep XP around.

Wolfgang is correct, there's nothing at all wrong with Windows on an Extended partition / Logical drive, have a look at this tutorial at the link below.

System Reserved : Multi Boot from Logical Partitions


... and Method Two of this one!

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives
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09 Jun 2011   #9

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tetatate View Post
Ok it does look a bit odd but it is working
As others have said, there is nothing at all wrong with your configuration. Adding Windows 7 as a second OS to an existing WinXP environment can do exactly what you've got... Windows 7 installed into a logical partition. There is absolutely NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS.

There is no need to change your Windows 7 partition to "primary". It's fine as "logical".


Quote:
and does this explain the prompt to format drive E ?
This is really the issue.

When does this prompt get issued? Only at boot time? Is it completely unusable under Windows 7?

Is the partition usable when you boot to WinXP with no complaints from WinXP?


Quote:
I guess the only way to change a partition to a primary drive is during the formating process ?
Forget this whole discussion. There's nothing wrong with your Windows 7 and WinXP partitions at all. The mystery is strictly regarding this prompt to format E.


Quote:
You say the first partition should contain the boot information , how is that done , that is how do I load the boot information on that partition ?
It's already installed into your WinXP partition, which is marked as "active".

When you added Windows 7 as the second OS into the existing WinXP environment, the Windows 7 installer placed its own boot manager files into that "active" partition (i.e. the WinXP partition) and created the boot manager menu offering both your old WinXP and the new Windows 7 as boot choices.

It's currently working perfectly, as you say. There is nothing for you to do.

Again... the mystery to be resolved is just as you originally asked: why does E request formatting when you boot to Windows 7?


Can you please provide any further details or observations about when/why you get that "request to format" your E partition.
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09 Jun 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Please post back or google the verbatim text of the formatting message you are getting. It seems strange.

Did you link the Documents folder to E using this exact method: User Folders - Change Default Location. If not try doing it this way to see if the message persists.
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