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Windows 7: Hard drive Installation help

04 Jan 2012   #1
MajorFoley

windows 7 Ultimate Service pack 1 x64
 
 
Hard drive Installation help

Hey guys.
I recently built a new gaming computer with 2 1tb samsung spinpoint HDDS and i remember it was a real pain to get one to appear without thinking it was the boot hdd (didnt have windows on that one) but i i ended up getting it working.
For christmas i got a 2TB HDD and now im worried how to put it in without screwing my computer up (last time i had to reformat again which was lucky cos nothing was on it at the time)
Its asking me for master boot record or that other option GPT i think it was
Which one do i choose and how do i make it just another partition not primary or anything like that. Just want it to be simple
Thanks


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04 Jan 2012   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello MajorFoley,

Very nice HDD. If you are just going to be using it as a internal data HDD, then you should be able to just connect it, and format it as NTFS in Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) to then be able to use how you like. You may need to initialize the HDD first in Disk Management before being able to format it.

If you like, post a screenshot of the options it's giving you in Disk Management, and I'll be happy to help.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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04 Jan 2012   #3
MajorFoley

windows 7 Ultimate Service pack 1 x64
 
 
hmm mbr and gpt option arent there now

hey, those options arent appearing anymore i think cos i used gpt the first time about some warning with 2tbs and now i can create a simple volume. but how do i make it not a primary and just a healthy one like my videos hdd
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04 Jan 2012   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Sorry, but I do not see a screenshot of your Disk Management window in your post.

When you create a partition on a HDD, it will usually be either a "Primary", "Logical", or "Extended" partition. So if the partition is a primary partition with this color bar on it, then it's normal for it to say Healthy (Primary Partition) since that's what it is.
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04 Jan 2012   #5
MajorFoley

windows 7 Ultimate Service pack 1 x64
 
 
sorry

sorry seem it didnt attach


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04 Jan 2012   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

A dynamic disk, like your Disk 2 E: drive, only has volumes instead of partitions, so this is why it only has "Healthy".

If you wanted your Disk 2 E: drive to be a Basic disk like Disk 1 instead of a Dynamic disk, then you would need to convert E: (Disk 2) back to a basic disc using the tutorial below. Afterwards you'll be able to create primary partitions (new simple volumes) on it. Be sure to backup anything that you do not want to lose first though.
Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk
Are you able to create a "New Simple Volume" with Disk 0 to make primary partitions on it?
Partition or Volume - Create New
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05 Jan 2012   #7
MajorFoley

windows 7 Ultimate Service pack 1 x64
 
 
make it like disk 2

i would like to make it like disc 2 (E however i can only make it like disc 1 (c when i try to make a simple partition
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05 Jan 2012   #8
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Be sure to not make Disk 1 to be a dynamic disk like Disk 2. Doing so will render Windows 7 unbootable.

For Disk 0, you can use the tutorial below to make it a dynamic disk, then create a "New Simple Volume" on the unallocated space for it to be like Disk 2.

Convert a Basic Disk to a Dynamic Disk
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05 Jan 2012   #9
MajorFoley

windows 7 Ultimate Service pack 1 x64
 
 
thanks

thanks alot now i know if i do want to convert to a simple partition, doesnt seem to be that different from a primary anyway, this thread can be closed
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05 Jan 2012   #10
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome.
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