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Windows 7: Getting Ready for RC

26 Apr 2009   #1
XGUNTHERC

Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x64
 
 
Getting Ready for RC

Hey guys, I am trying to get ready for the RC to be officially released so I can start running Windows 7.

I never installed Build 7000 back when it was up for download. and recently I was just told to wait till the RC comes out. and get that.

I currently am just checking HD space, and trying to decide what I will do. I've been looking at getting another HD recently. Either a second 500GB 32mb cache 7200.11 for Raid0, or I think I might just get a WD 1TB Black Edition. I don't know.

Anyways. My current 500GB HD has 145GB Free of 465GB. I was watching z3r010 "How to Dual Boot Windows 7 BETA & Vista" Video. and I was trying to make a partition like in his video. and it wont let me. Basically I go to My Computer, click Manage, then select disk management. When I click and choose Shrink, It only gives me 508MB of space to shrink... How is that? Not even 1GB and I have 145gb free?

Why would it do that? I've actually never partitioned a HD. (Sad I know). lol so I'm not sure what to do from here.

How big of a Hard Drive should I have, or partition should I make, to run Windows 7? I think I might just get another 500GB and throw Windows 7 on that. and then I can just use either HD and either operating system. Then set up Raid0 later.

What does everyone think here?

Thanks!


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26 Apr 2009   #2
MasterEvilAce

Win
 
 

Personally, I have 5 hard drives right now.
I would never go back to having just one hard drive.
I keep a C drive for windows and any applications that I need to install.
My other hard drives are storage drives which i have organized.

I highly would advise getting the second HD, and not running any sort of raid. Just keep your documents and important files on your second drive. That way you can format the drive with your OS / Applications and won't have to worry about your documents ever again

Also, I'm not entirely sure, but one reason windows won't let you resize your partition .. there could be files near the end of that partition, and maybe windows doesn't automatically move files to keep the partitions separate.
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26 Apr 2009   #3
zay

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Download this tool, and create a new partition for when you want to install Windows7. Free download EASEUS Data Recovery software, Partition Recovery Software, Partition Manager and Data Backup Software.
Personally I recommend just getting another drive and add it as a slave. I have used it before, and it worked great. Even when these things work great, I still have this uneasy feeling that down the road, something fishy might happen, but, that is just me.
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26 Apr 2009   #4
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MasterEvilAce View Post
Personally, I have 5 hard drives right now.
I would never go back to having just one hard drive.
I keep a C drive for windows and any applications that I need to install.
My other hard drives are storage drives which i have organized.

I highly would advise getting the second HD, and not running any sort of raid. Just keep your documents and important files on your second drive. That way you can format the drive with your OS / Applications and won't have to worry about your documents ever again

Also, I'm not entirely sure, but one reason windows won't let you resize your partition .. there could be files near the end of that partition, and maybe windows doesn't automatically move files to keep the partitions separate.
My philosophy is the same. I also have 5 HDs and prefer actual HDs to partitions. I would also recommend getting a second HD to put win7 on it. Having more than one OS on the same HD is never a comfortable feeling. Either one could go down leaving the HD in a mess.
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26 Apr 2009   #5
jfar

Vista Ult64, Win7600
 
 

Hi XGUNTHERC, I would definitly get another HD,you will be a lot happier and a lot better off in my opinion.
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26 Apr 2009   #6
wguimb

 

Windows 7 needs a good 7 to 9 GB. On the subject of external or network attached drives (NAS), I had the Lacie Bigdisk 1 TB and had put all my important photos, home movies and various documents on it. Well, it crashed one day. OMG I was totally in grieving mode for months. I lost everything! Fortunately I had most of it on CD's an DVD's. I was determined to not have that happen again. So, I purchased an Iomega StorCenter I TB NAS and formatted it to RAID 1 mirroring (duplicate writes of data to the two internal 500GB drives providing only 500GB of actual storage). I copied all my stuff on to it and now I have a much better chance of being able to recover if a drive breaks.
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26 Apr 2009   #7
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

@XGUNTHERC I have a "Raid Ready" AMD Sata HD in my machine. I had a similar experience where it didn't want to let me shrink the C: partition in any meaningful way. I tried defragging with jkDefrag with Optimize. Same thing. Anyway, because of the fake RAID my Paragon Drive Backup Rescue CD wasn't recognizing the HD. I got Macrium Reflect full trial version and did a test backup and restore on C:. Not only did it work, but when I restored the MBR from the backup(which option it gives you at the end of the restore settings) after booting into Vista64 Disk Management told me I could shrink C: by 300 GB instead of 13. It must have fixed the partition table.

When you boot the install DVD and do the repair "fixmbr" it deliberately does not overwrite the partition table info in the MBR in case you don't have the default partition setup. So that fix won't fix your partition table. You could try the Macrium and see if it works for you. Make sure you test booting the Rescue CD before you do anything though. If you don't have RAID you're probably ok but I never assume anything anymore with the hardware changing so fast these days.

edit: oh yeah, another advantage is that the trial is fully functional for 30 days. If you have a chance to put W7 on and you don't like it, or it doesn't have the drivers you need, use the Macrium to just lay your image back on the way it was. IOW, make a backup before you do the partitioning.
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26 Apr 2009   #8
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Quote:
I highly would advise getting the second HD, and not running any sort of raid.
I go along with this ... I had way too many problems with this set up and Vista Ultimate.
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26 Apr 2009   #9
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

It would be great to have another HD. If you want to try the partitioning again.....you might try defragnemting first. Also, the Easeus partitioning tool IS great. You should try that if you want to do it with one HD. I have personally had zero problems dual-booting Windows 7 on two separate systems, I used the Easeus on one and the Vista disk management tool on the other. Good luck.
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26 Apr 2009   #10
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

You can never have too many extra Hard Drives!

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