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Windows 7: Can't Create a Primary Partition


28 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Can't Create a Primary Partition

Hi guys, I want to install a OS in my Samsung Laptop. I have made 5 partition, C: (default) D:, E: F: and I: and they are all logical Drive. I would like to install my OS in I: or E: drive. But he problem is I really need to have Primary Partition. I tried download and installing every partition software. Eg. EaseUS Partition Master, MiniTool Partition Wizard, Acronis Disk Director. I tried making them to Primary Partition but different software gives me different (or may be same but different words) errors.

For example:
Acronis Disk Director:
"Cannot perform the operation. A disk cannot contain more than four primary volumes. And, if a disk contains a logical volume, it can contain no more than 3 primary volumes."


EaseUs Partition Master: "The operation could not be completed. There is no empty slot in MBR partition table."

Please help me guys. Oh yes, And if you guys would like a image of my disk management , it is below:


Please help me guys. I would like to create a Primary Partition, not Logical partition. If I have to delete any partitions, those are E: and I: if they are something else, please tell me.

Please help me. I will really appreciate it. Thank you guys! Please.
-Rishab


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28 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

It would eliminate a lot of problems if you would put your OS on the C: partition. That is the default location of a Windows 7 install, the size of the partition is about right and C: partition is primary as is H. What is on C: now? It has about 60 GB on it. Is there anything you could move?
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28 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
It would eliminate a lot of problems if you would put your OS on the C: partition. That is the default location of a Windows 7 install, the size of the partition is about right and C: partition is primary as is H. What is on C: now? It has about 60 GB on it. Is there anything you could move?
MY H: is my DVD drive. My c: has all the windows 7 information like program files and all that. So, C: is the default partition of a windows 7 install.

H: drive just has a CD inside it. PLease help me
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28 Jul 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Are you trying to install another OS besides Win 7 on a different partition than C:? If so what OS?
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28 Jul 2012   #5

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

You already answered your own question -

Acronis Disk Director: "Cannot perform the operation. A disk cannot contain more than four primary volumes. And, if a disk contains a logical volume, it can contain no more than 3 primary volumes."

Lets see, basing off the pic you provided. You have 3 Primary partitions, and 4 logical drive's. Now, as you can see, which Acronis tells you, you can't have more than 4 primary, unless you have logical one's, which brings it down to 3. You reach the limit. So what you should do is clean up and consolidate some partitions. Such as the recovery partition, it is empty and contains nothing, so delete it.
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28 Jul 2012   #6

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SlasherIT View Post
You already answered your own question -

Acronis Disk Director: "Cannot perform the operation. A disk cannot contain more than four primary volumes. And, if a disk contains a logical volume, it can contain no more than 3 primary volumes."

Lets see, basing off the pic you provided. You have 3 Primary partitions, and 4 logical drive's. Now, as you can see, which Acronis tells you, you can't have more than 4 primary, unless you have logical one's, which brings it down to 3. You reach the limit. So what you should do is clean up and consolidate some partitions. Such as the recovery partition, it is empty and contains nothing, so delete it.
Yes, you can't have 4 primary partitions.

My way :

I create 1 primary partition for the Windows installation file. And then, I create the extended partition, as a "housing" for my 4 logical partition.

This is the ilustration, for your better understanding



Btw, correct me if I'm mistaken
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28 Jul 2012   #7

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

Yes, I already understand how partitions work, and that you have an extended partition that houses the 4 logical partitions. But you have other partitions than those, and you will need to do something about them. As I said in my previous post, consider deleting the recovery partition as it is empty.
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28 Jul 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

You can install Linux to the Logical.

http://lifehacker.com/5403100/dual+b...erfect-harmony

The Recovery partition may not be empty as it's files are hidden.
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28 Jul 2012   #9

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SlasherIT View Post
Yes, I already understand how partitions work, and that you have an extended partition that houses the 4 logical partitions. But you have other partitions than those, and you will need to do something about them. As I said in my previous post, consider deleting the recovery partition as it is empty.
oops, sorry. I quoted your comment because I want to support it with my ilustration. Sorry for the misunderstanding. Peace ~
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28 Jul 2012   #10

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Would you please answer the question if you're trying to install another OS besides Windows 7? We need to know this at the minimum.

If so then you can install Windows to any of the logicals as the boot files will go onto the System partition.

If you want to reinstall Windows 7 then move the data off of C, boot the installer to install to C.
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

If you want to install Linux I believe you can install to a Logical but this is not a Linux forum.
Hey gregrocker .

OP already said that he wants to install another OS, meaning an OS other than Windows 7.

Linux can be installed on a logical partition btw.
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