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Windows 7: Partition in Windows 7 Home Premium without formatting

15 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
Partition in Windows 7 Home Premium without formatting

Hi all,
I'm new in this forum and this is my first post. I'm from Indonesia so pardon me if my English is not that good. I just got a new Dell laptop with a Windows 7 Home Premium installed but only one partition exist. I need another partition just to separate the OS and my files (documents, musics, videos, and stuff) and really want to avoid all the troubles on formatting.
I've searched the web for tutorials but only found some for Windows 7 home basic, ultimate and others (not Home Premium).
What I need to know is, those tutorials (for home basic, ultimate, and others), does it works also for Windows 7 Home Premium? if no, can you help me by explaining it step by step? or point me to the link for it? (attached is my Disk Management screen shot)
Oh, I've already installed some programs on it. Should I uninstall those programs before doing any partition? and just some info, I'll be installing some light game and some graphic program (sketchup, illustrator, photoshop, etc) on my laptop. Maybe it will affect the partition size in some ways.
I think that's all. Hope I give enough information (or too much? ). Glad I found this forum. Thanks before, friends.



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15 Aug 2012   #2

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Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Hello kulerdenyu and welcome to the forums

Your English is excellent If you hadn't told me you weren't English, I wouldn't have noticed.

Try following this tutorial:

Partition or Volume - Create New

Make sure you use option 1 (use disk management), it's much easier.

It will work in all versions of Windows 7

Tom
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15 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Thanks for your fast reply, Tom. Thank you, couldn't have done it without Google translate and Word's spell check.
I will see the link you've posted and post the result soon.
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15 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

If I may. You also have proper writing skills. You Caps Loc and punctuation keys on your keyboard also work properly. It was enjoyable to read your post.
Thank you for becoming a member.
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15 Aug 2012   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

kulerdenyu,

I assume that you want to split that big C: partition and leave a small part for your OS and program files and another partition for Data.

My suggestion is to use DiskManagement..

If the results are not sufficient for your needs, then use PartitionWizard.

After creating the 2nd partition, then here is the approach I follow:
On D: (the data drive), I create following folders:
Documents,
Music,
Videos,
Pictures

then I change the properties of the corresponding libraries such that the new folders are the default folders for those libraries.

Here is my present layout,created using DiskManagement;

Partition in Windows 7 Home Premium without formatting-toshs875d-disk-layout.png

And here is a Snip showing that my Document folder points to D:\Documents

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All of this reminds me that I need to update my system specs to reflect the new laptop.


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15 Aug 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
If I may. You also have proper writing skills. You Caps Loc and punctuation keys on your keyboard also work properly. It was enjoyable to read your post.
Thank you for becoming a member.
Thank you, Layback Bear. Glad to join this forum. Iím looking forward to learn a lot about Windows 7 in this forum.
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15 Aug 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
kulerdenyu,

I assume that you want to split that big C: partition and leave a small part for your OS and program files and another partition for Data.

My suggestion is to use DiskManagement..

If the results are not sufficient for your needs, then use PartitionWizard.

After creating the 2nd partition, then here is the approach I follow:
On D: (the data drive), I create following folders:
Documents,
Music,
Videos,
Pictures

then I change the properties of the corresponding libraries such that the new folders are the default folders for those libraries.

Here is my present layout,created using DiskManagement;

Attachment 226530

And here is a Snip showing that my Document folder points to D:\Documents

Attachment 226531

All of this reminds me that I need to update my system specs to reflect the new laptop.
Yes, I just wanted to separate the OS and the data, in case I need to reinstall my Windows. And yes, Iím using Disk Management to do the partition. However, I encountered a problem in shrinking part (creating an unallocated space). When I tried to shrink my C drive, it appears that I can only shrink it half, approximately 300 GB (snip attached). What I need is, to leave around 100 GB for C drive (OS) and have the rest for my Data. Can I do that? Or maybe you can recommend a proper size for my C drive?
Thanks before.


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15 Aug 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

As mentioned, make and use the Partition Wizard Bootable CD. It`s so much easier and faster once you learn how to use it. Drop it in, boot from it, make your partitions, click apply. Take out the disc and reboot. Done.


Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition directly with partition manager bootable CD.

Personally, I would leave your OS partition at around 200 GBs.
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15 Aug 2012   #9

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

kulerdenyu,
Thought that might happen. One must do that initial shrink immediately.

There is a very easy solution: PartitionWizard.

Burn PartitionWizard to a CD and boot from the CD.

Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

I also recommending making a Windows 7 System Image Backup to an external usb drive first as a precautionary measure. I've never had any problems. The only possible problem is malfunction on the part of the operator.

To make a system image backup:
Win | type Backup and Restore | ENTER key
Ignore all messages and choose System Image in the left-hand column.
From here on, everything is rather obvious.
We also have a tutorial:
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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15 Aug 2012   #10
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

I would suggest you to use Partition Wizard Bootable CD. to do the partitioning. There are some video tutorials for what to do and how to do.

For shrinking an existing partition, follow : How to Move/Resize Partition with partition manager? Partition Wizard Move/Resize Partition Video Help.

To create a partition in the unallocated space , follow : How to Create Partition with partition manager? Partition Wizard Create Partition Video Help .

After partitioning C, better you rebuild your MBR : How to Rebuild MBR with partition magic? Partition Wizard Rebuild MBR Video Help.

And, it would be better if you format the new partition as logical .
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