Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Is having two primary partitions ok?

27 Sep 2013   #1
nishadrox

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Is having two primary partitions ok?

I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and I have two primary partitions (C and D).
Is it ok to have two primary partitions or should I convert D drive into a logical partition?




My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
27 Sep 2013   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Nishadrox,

Yes, that's perfectly fine.

MBR disks supports up to 4 Primary partitions or 3 Primary partitions and 1 Extended partition with up to 128 logical volumes in the extended partition.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Sep 2013   #3
nishadrox

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks mate
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

28 Sep 2013   #4
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

Actually you have three primary partitions there.
  • C: 97.56 GB
  • D: 368.10 GB
  • System Reserved: 100 MB (Hidden, created by the installation procedure itself).
So, as Shawn said, you have option for ONE more further partition, not more than that. Posting it, lest it becomes useful to you in future.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Sep 2013   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Glad we could help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Oct 2013   #6
nishadrox

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Actually you have three primary partitions there.
  • C: 97.56 GB
  • D: 368.10 GB
  • System Reserved: 100 MB (Hidden, created by the installation procedure itself).
So, as Shawn said, you have option for ONE more further partition, not more than that. Posting it, lest it becomes useful to you in future.
Thanks for the advice mate!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Oct 2013   #7
nishadrox

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I hope to install Windows 8.1 soon. So will I have to extend that 100MB System Reserved partition to about 500MB? I heard that Windows 8 needs a 350MB Reserved Space for its files.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Oct 2013   #8
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

If you install Windows 8 only, you will do a Clean Install - Windows 8

In step 8, you will delete C and System reserved, will create a single new partition in the free space, and will let the installer to continue at its own. It will make the other necessary partitions (System Reserved and if needed then the MSR partition).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Oct 2013   #9
nishadrox

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
If you install Windows 8 only, you will do a Clean Install - Windows 8

In step 8, you will delete C and System reserved, will create a single new partition in the free space, and will let the installer to continue at its own. It will make the other necessary partitions (System Reserved and if needed then the MSR partition).
I'm going to clean install Windows 8.1 directly. So formatting both C drive and System Reserved space, deleting System Reserved partition and allocating that space to C drive would work?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Oct 2013   #10
nishadrox

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Also how much space is needed for 8.1 System partition? Will 80GB be ok?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Is having two primary partitions ok?




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
How to combine two primary partitions into one.
Hi. First I'd like to say that this is my first post on this site, if I've posted on the wrong forum do let me know. I picked general discussion because it seemed to be the most correct one to post this kind of issue. I have an Acer Aspire 5920G from way back which originally came with...
General Discussion
Logical Partitions to primary
Recently I make new partition using "AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro Edition 5.2" but my both new partitions goes to logical how can I make them back to primary because I wanna install windows xp on new partition but setup shows an error while installing " you have no hard drive to install the...
Installation & Setup
More than 4 primary partitions?
Hey, I am sorry if this is in the wrong category, But I didn't know where to place it. I was wondering if there is any way to have more than the default 4 primary partitions. It's not me having 4 partitions up running, but it is my HP computer. What I have on my partitions: C: My main drive....
Hardware & Devices
too many primary partitions
Hi, My new HP came with Windows 7 installed. I would like to allow my computer to dual boot, but Windows 7 has already installed four primary partitions (SYSTEM, c: WINDOWS, d: RECOVERY, and HP_TOOLS). I am not sure what my options are. Can I merge two or three of the partitions? Is HP_TOOLS...
General Discussion
HP laptop has used up all four primary partitions
Hi Iíve just bought a new laptop - an HP G62 with Windows 7 Home Premium preinstalled - on which I had been hoping to dual boot Linux. Imagine my dismay then when I discovered that HP in their wisdom have used up all four primary partitions as follows: 1. System 199MB 2. (C:) 219GB 3....
Installation & Setup
Primary partitions
Hi, I have a question. When formatting my HD with Diskpart and I'm setting up the partitions do I need to list them all as primary or do I list the OS one as primary? If I list only the OS one as primary what do I need to list the others as?
Installation & Setup

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:27.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App