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Windows 7: Windows 7 Home Premium will not show other hard disk drives &partition

24 Jan 2012   #11
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

It appears you had Disk 0 and Disk 1 attached when you installed. It looks like your boot partition is on disk 0 and the OS is on disk 1. The 415Gb unalocated on disk 2, right click it and select create simple partition and when finished with the wizzard, you will be able to see it. To fix it, I would disconnect all disks except Disk !, run diskpart from the installation DVD and mark the C partition active. Then Run Startup repair at least 3 times with reboots in between, or until it starts. Then reconnect the other drives and mark Disk 0 inactive.


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24 Jan 2012   #12
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

No, I wouldn't create a 350. The resulting "pocket" will show as unallocated space off to the right. If you wanted to later add that pocket to C, you would have to use a third party program such as Partition Wizard. Doable, but why get yourself in that situation?

If you want to expand it, do it now.

If you leave C at 50 and later want to increase it, you can still do it--most likely you would need to use Partition Wizard.

50 is OK if you are careful, but if you have plenty of space remaining, I'd probably kick it up to 70 or 80. Not a big deal.
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24 Jan 2012   #13
Ty Tonus Burman

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
 
 

1) Partitions C: and E: DO show in my computer.

2) Bootmgr has been moved to disk C:

4) When renaming the drives, a warning pops up saying that some programs that rely on drive names may not work correctly. If possible, i want the partitions with the OS to be B:, the remaining partition on that drive to be C:, and my secondary drive to be D: (although D: conflicts with the cd drive)


Ignatz -- What does this partitions size affect, anyway? It simply allows for more programs to be installed in the Program Files (x86) folder, amongst other folders, correct?
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24 Jan 2012   #14
Kaktussoft

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
You have a few problems:
  1. Your bootmgr landed on Disk0 and not on C:. You should move that to C: - see this tutorial: Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
Easybcd is very simple to move the bcd-store and bootmgr to another drive. Didn't know that. I always did that manually: make partition active, copy bootmgr and bcd
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24 Jan 2012   #15
Kaktussoft

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ty Tonus Burman View Post
1) Partitions C: and E: DO show in my computer.

2) Bootmgr has been moved to disk C:

4) When renaming the drives, a warning pops up saying that some programs that rely on drive names may not work correctly. If possible, i want the partitions with the OS to be B:, the remaining partition on that drive to be C:, and my secondary drive to be D: (although D: conflicts with the cd drive)


Ignatz -- What does this partitions size affect, anyway? It simply allows for more programs to be installed in the Program Files (x86) folder, amongst other folders, correct?
Always keep your windows partition C!!! As many settings in registry point to C. Never ever give it another driveletter. You can name your DVD Q,X,L whatever you want. Your old drive didn't have an driveletter (where bootmgr was on). You can give it any letter you want. But don't change it after you install something on it!!
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24 Jan 2012   #16
Ty Tonus Burman

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
 
 

Alright, C: shall remain C:, Dvd will become O:, second partition on C: will become D:, and the 750gb drive will become E:. Is that alright?
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24 Jan 2012   #17
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Is disk 2 (E) an external usb drive? What's on it?
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24 Jan 2012   #18
Ty Tonus Burman

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
 
 

Disk 2 is indeed an external Hard drive. Nothing but documents and pictures on it, no applications.
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24 Jan 2012   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

C must remain, the rest is up to you. But what do you care. The system may flop the lower letters around anyhow as soon as you attach another USB device. If you want to make sure your letters stay in place, take R,S,T,U,V
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24 Jan 2012   #20
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ty Tonus Burman View Post

Ignatz -- What does this partitions size affect, anyway? It simply allows for more programs to be installed in the Program Files (x86) folder, amongst other folders, correct?
Unless you have an unusual situation, I'd put Windows and programs on C and data on D. There is usually no reason to get cute with some other configuration. For that matter, you could put everything on C and just use one partition for the entire drive. It's a personal choice.

Windows alone takes circa 20, plus updates over months and years.
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