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Windows 7: too many primary partitions

20 May 2013   #11

windows 7 home premium 64bit.

Hey, I am having the same problem. I want to Dualboot Windows 7 (Current) and Windows 8 (I will test if I like it, so I might buy it later). But like you have... -__- So, What did HP recommend. Just deleting the Recovery and HP_tools?

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20 May 2013   #12

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601

As Barman said here, you can turn the disk C and the new disk for Windows 8 into extended partitions, as long as the SYSTEM partition is primary, everything should be fine.
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20 May 2013   #13

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

HP_TOOLS contains the HP EFI utilities and a Quick Web OS on my dv6 laptop.
Recovery contains the Windows installation files (as well as all of the HP bloatware). You can and should create the Recovery discs from this partition using the HP tool provided.

I created discs and removed the Recovery part on my machine. Some people caution against removing this partition since it is a safer bet than discs. OEM mfgs don't give you much choice when they allocate all 4 parts.

You might want to use windows back up for D:\Recovery to a DVD, then create the HP recovery disc set and then delete it. This will free up one of the four parts so you can create an extended partition and logical drives in that.

You'll need to shrink your C:\ drive (150GB should suffice) - it depends on what's on your drive now.

Once you have unallocated space, you should be able to create an extended part, then logicial drives ( you might have to shrink the first logical drive in order to create more). Windows 8 - 100GB should give you more than enough room to play with.

DO NOT create a DYNAMIC volume. If you get this warning, STOP and post a disk management screen shot.
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