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Windows 7: HDD Partitioning


12 Aug 2011   #1

Home Premium 64bit
 
 
HDD Partitioning

Hi...
Need some advise on the following :
1. To do it using Win 7 utilities,i.e. Disk Management; or,
2. The conventional way ,i.e. format the HDD and do a clean installation and partitioning.

What is the pro's and con's?

Thks

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12 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 clean install
 
 

Hi sagaman and welcome to Seven Forums!

What's your goal?
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12 Aug 2011   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you have Windows 7 already installed, I would use Disk Management. Why reinstall. Here is a tutorial which may give you some clues: Data Partition
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12 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If it is a clean install, I prefer to have the drives blank and unpartitioned when I start the Windows setup.
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12 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I agree with DeaconFrost in that during a clean install you can create up to four primary partitions with the exact sizes you want.

If Windows is already installed you can use Disk Management, but it is basic and inflexible in determining partition sizes.

A better bet would be to use Partition Wizard: Free Partition Magic alternative. Free Partition Manager Software for Windows 7/VISTA/XP/2000 and Windows Server 2003/2008/2000.
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12 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
If it is a clean install, I prefer to have the drives blank and unpartitioned when I start the Windows setup.
Me too - I always install on unallocated space.
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12 Aug 2011   #7

Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thks for all the advise and input.
Actually, I just bought a new lap top installed with Windows 7 Home Premium. However, it came with just C Drive - 500Gb. And I want to make a new partition - D Drive for data storage. I was informed by Customer Support that if you use Windows 7 - Disk Management utilities ; there is a 50:50 chances that Window can be corrupted when I boot the system. Therefore, it was suggested to reformat the HDD and do a new clean installation complete with new partition.

So, I need some advise which is the best option? Does anyone have any problem when using disk management to do partitioning? If possible, I don't want to do reformat. Thks
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12 Aug 2011   #8

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Disk Management works very well judging by reports on this forum. I've never had a problem with it.

DM may not allow you to shrink C as much as you would like, in which case you can use a third party utility. You'll have to try it see see how much shrinkage it will allow in your case.
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12 Aug 2011   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

information   Information
We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.


When you first started up your new notebook, why did you not use the partitioning option from the OEM manufacturer app?

Take a look at whs's video:
Data Partition

For better help with problems, Can you post your specs.
Filling out System Specs
Dont Know What Hardware You Have..??
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12 Aug 2011   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
there is a 50:50 chances that Window can be corrupted
That is a bunch of Bull. But to be on the safe side, I suggest you first post an full image of your Disk Management. Chances are that you have several hidden primary partitions and if you already have 4 primary partitions, we have to do some finagling first before you can create any more partitions. Else you will indeed get into trouble.
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