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Windows 7: Creating partitions

31 May 2012   #1
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 
Creating partitions

I used Easeus to partition in the past, but I am not sure I remember exactly how I did it.

I just got this computer ( Windows 7) and it has a 2tb hdd.
I don't want to have to restore the whole thing if I have a problem.
I made a backup with Acronis, of the OS, as I have done in the past with my XP machine.

Please take a look at the enclosed pic - I am showing the OS on the first partition and the other two that I want to create.

I think all I did in thew past was pick the new partitions and select format only those partitions.

I see choices for "Active" and "logical" and I don't think I used these before.
Also, will I risk losing my OS on first partition?


Thanks for any advice.Paul




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31 May 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Clarification needed.

I assume you are referring to Disk 1?

It now has 5 partitions: System Reserved, C, G, H, and N.

The first 2 are primary. The last 3 are logical.

What's wrong with that? What do you want to change?
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31 May 2012   #3
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 
partitions

Don't know what you mean.
The pic shows that I am trying to create 4 partitions total.
The c has the os.
The rest, I have not created yet.
I am only showing what I would like it to be..
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31 May 2012   #4
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PSCO2007 View Post
Don't know what you mean.
The pic shows that I am trying to create 4 partitions total.
The c has the os.
The rest, I have not created yet.
I am only showing what I would like it to be..
OK; I thought that pic represented what you had done, not what you would like to do.

There is nothing wrong with having disk 1 as it shows in that picture.

2 primary and 3 logical is fine.

What you DON'T want is dynamic partitions. AVOID DYNAMIC.

Logical partitions are OK. You can't have more than 4 Primary partitions on a drive, but you can have unlimited logical partitions.
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31 May 2012   #5
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 
partitions

Where are you seeing 5 partitions?
You are saying 2 primaries?
I just want to keep the 1st with the os and create 3 more.
I just have to format the 3 remaining - as active, logical?
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31 May 2012   #6
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PSCO2007 View Post
Where are you seeing 5 partitions?
You are saying 2 primaries?
I just want to keep the 1st with the os and create 3 more.
I just have to format the 3 remaining - as active, logical?
I count 5: System Reserved, C, G, H, and N.

Maybe my eyes are deceiving me?

System Reserved and C are primary. That's fine.

The other 3 can be logical, but should not be marked active.


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31 May 2012   #7
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 
partitions

Ok, sorry.

You were referring to the 1st mbr as reserved.
Didn't realize that.

The others that I want to create, I just pick format?
Not active - ok - thanks
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31 May 2012   #8
ignatzatsonic

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Just to possibly avoid a problem, do this;

Close Easus without making any new partitions.

Type "disk management" in the start button search box.

Follow the prompts to open disk management.

Post another picture of what you see in Disk Management so we can confirm what you have NOW, not what you want.
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31 May 2012   #9
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Thanks - here it is.


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31 May 2012   #10
ignatzatsonic

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That's as expected. No problems.

You will notice that System Reserved is marked Active. That's the only partition that needs to be marked active on that hard drive.

All your partitions are shown as simple and basic. That's good. No dynamic, which can be a major pain.

The partitions on drive 1 are all "logical". That's OK, but it would also be OK if they were "primary".

I assume partition L is some sort of operating system?

You can go back into EaseUS and do what you originally planned, but I'd say this:

Why make a total of 5 partitions on that drive?

Why not just 3: System Reserved, C, and D, all primary? Then use a folder structure on D to subdivide your stuff into DVDs to burn and storage (rather than a 4th and 5th partition). That's what I would do. But your way is OK, too. It's just personal preference.
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