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Windows 7: Is my Hard Disk partitioned correctly?

10 Dec 2013   #11
Atom222

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Hi TVeblen,

Wow! That's a lot to digest for a newbie like me. First, before I go into the difficult parts, I'd like to understand why I need to delete the Recovery Partition. If I break up my existing D partition into a NEW D (shrunken) and an F, can't I made the new D (shrunken) a primary partition where I can install a another operating system. The F partition can be non-primary, right?

I agree that the Recovery Partition is not that useful and I have no qualms deleting it. I know that in case of serious problems it'd be better that I use software like Macrium Reflect to restore my system complete with all subsequently installed programs. However, I'm just curious why the NEW D partition can't be a primary one.


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10 Dec 2013   #12
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Currently you have 4 partitions, all Primary. When you create an Extended Partition it does not remove it from the equation. It is essentially still a Primary partition that can be subdivided into smaller Logical Drives (partitions). And any partition you create in that Extended Partition can only be a Logical Drive.

So if you had 3 Primary (System, Recovery, and C ) and 2 Logical (D & F) and you attempted to change a Logical Partition (D) to a Primary (assuming that option would even be available) then the system would see that as a 5th Primary and want to convert to Dynamic Disk.

By eliminating the Recovery Partition you free up one Primary Drive. You could then have 3 Primaries (System, C , D ) and one Extended Partition with just E, or with E, F, G, H, etc. D could be used for another OS.

Does that make sense?
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10 Dec 2013   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
An operating system normally needs to be installed on a Primary Partition.
Sorry, I hate to correct you. But that is not true. Only the active partition has to be a primary partition - and that is the only one where that is required. I am running Windows 7 from logical partitions on several PCs because the bootmgr is in the active 100MB system partition.
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10 Dec 2013   #14
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Thanks whs! You are correct. My error.

The OP should take that new information in mind if he wants a new partition for another OS.

Do you know if that applies to newer versions of Ubuntu too?
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10 Dec 2013   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Ubuntu puts the Grub into the active partition that is present. If there is none present (like on an empty system), then, of course, you have to make one.

But since it is always a mess with the Grub mixed up with the Windows bootmgr, I run all my Linux distros in a VMware Player virtual partition. That is a lot neater. Example:

VMware Player - Install and Setup Zorin

But most of the time I am running Mint Mate now.
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10 Dec 2013   #16
Atom222

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Okay, after reading all the comments and suggestions (including the one from whs) I think my best option is to delete my current D partition as I don't have many files there at the moment. Then using the unallocated space I create an extended partition with D and F as logical partitions. This will allow me more flexibility in whatever I wish to do in the future. I hope I'm on the right track. By the way, E is taken up by my DVD player.

You have all been a great help. I think I now have a better understanding of all this mind-boggling partition stuff.

Thank you all.
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10 Dec 2013   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Looks like you are doing the right thing. Lots of luck.
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