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Windows 7: Is my Hard Disk partitioned correctly?

07 Dec 2013   #1
Atom222

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 
Is my Hard Disk partitioned correctly?

As can be seen in the attached screenshot, my Samsung laptop's only hard disk is partitioned, starting from the left, as follows:

1) System 100 mb

2) Windows 7 (C) 271.00 gb

3) Delta (D) 406.11 gb

4) Recovery 21.43 gb

Is this setup okay? Shouldn't the Recovery be next to the Windows 7 partition? The partition D: was done by myself and I wonder if I'd done it wrongly. Please advise. Thank you.

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07 Dec 2013   #2
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

That looks good to me. Can you access the D: drive? Does drive C: have the word "Active" in the Healthy string?
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07 Dec 2013   #3
Atom222

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Hi carwiz,

I'm glad to know that my setup is okay. Yes, I can access D: which is where I keep all my video, data and other files. As for your other question, I don't think I have marked C: as active. After opening up Easeus Partition Master, I don't see the word "active in the C: partition. And when I right-clicked on the C: partition, I see an option that says "Set Active". I guess that confirms that C: has not yet been marked "active".

Thank you for your help.
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07 Dec 2013   #4
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Whoa! Wait. You have a System Partition. That could be the MS boot partition and it should have the ACTIVE flag.
It would be a good idea for you to expand the Disk Management window for a screenshot so we can read everything.
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07 Dec 2013   #5
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

That was a question, not a directive. The C: drive also has a MBR and boot folder or it wouldn't say "Boot". I agree it would nice to see the entire line.
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08 Dec 2013   #6
Atom222

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Okay, I think the mystery is solved, at least for me. I attach a slightly wider image of my hard disk. But the full comments relevant to the System partition (100 mb ) still can't be seen. I don't know how to expand it any further.

Anyway, what I did was that I hovered my mouse over the System partition and I could read the following comments:

Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition).

So, you were both right, there is in fact an Active partition. As they say, learning all the time. Once again, many thanks for your help.


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09 Dec 2013   #7
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

It looks good the way it is. The Recovery partition is fine where it is - at the end of the drive.

One note to be aware of: if your Hard Drive is formatted as a legacy MBR drive and you try and add one more partition to that hard disk Windows will ask if you want to convert it to a Dynamic Disk. Do not do this (unless you understand Dynamic Disks and are doing so with purpose).
If you ever wanted more partitions, ask here and folks will help with creating an Extended partition with logical drives.

To see if you are MBR or GPT formatted:
Hard Drive - GPT or MBR
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09 Dec 2013   #8
Atom222

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Hi TVeblen,

Thanks for the heads-up about dynamic disks. My disk is MBR formatted.

I was in fact thinking about modifying my current D partition into D and F. The new D (shrunken to maybe 100 gb) will be used for Ubuntu or Windows 8. Haven't really decided yet. The F partition (rest of the space) will then be used for data and other files. What are my best options and are there any pitfalls I should watch out for?
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09 Dec 2013   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

What I don't like is that you have 4 primaries and no chance to create another partition. I would make D an extended.
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10 Dec 2013   #10
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

As whs pointed out, if you wanted to create another partition you would need to make the current D partition an extended partition - then you could create anywhere up to 24 or so extra logical drives (partitions).

But you want to install Ubuntu or Windows 8. An operating system normally needs to be installed on a Primary Partition. And you can't create any more Primary partitions on your MBR disk. So you have some decisions to make.

You could use your system manufacturer's utility to burn Recovery Disks and then delete the Recovery Partition. Or you could image the partition to an external storage drive. This would free up a Primary partition for another OS. You could still create an extended partition for data with more Logical Drives.

Lots of folks here make a System Image of the System drive and C: drive as their recovery plan. Restoring this image will bring your computer back to the condition it was in, and the way you set it up, including installed programs, on the day you created the image.
When you use the manufacturer's Recovery Partition to restore your computer you will be back to the way it was when you first took it out of the box. For people like me this is less than helpful. So I make the Recovery Disks (good for when I sell the computer), then make a system image after I have it all set up the way I want it, and then delete that Recovery Partition.

An easier, modern, and more functional solution is to convert the hard drive from MBR to GPT. In the GPT format all the partitions are Primary, and you can have hundreds of them.

To create an Extended Partition in Windows 7:
Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

To convert MBR to GPT:
Convert MBR Disk to GPT Disk
2 important things to note:
  • In order to boot from a GPT disk your computer must be using the newer UEFI (Bios).
  • In order to convert the disk you must backup all your data. Everything on the disk will be erased in the conversion. You will need to reinstall Windows 7 or you may be able to restore a disk image.
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