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Windows 7: help needed to create Hard Disk Partition

20 Nov 2010   #1
nikeshkm

Windows 7 ultimate
 
 
help needed to create Hard Disk Partition

i have lenovo laptop with windows 7 ultimate already installed.
it has 500 gb hard disk.
Now the thing is the hard disk has 2 partition: C- drive (420 gb) & d - drive (30 gb)
But i want to create 4 equal partitions so as to streamline my data.

How should i do it?
Please help

-regards
nikesh


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20 Nov 2010   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello nikeshkm, welcome to Seven Forums!



Before we make any specific recommendations will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that.


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20 Nov 2010   #3
nikeshkm

Windows 7 ultimate
 
 

I have attached 2 screenshots
one is of disk management & another one is of laptop configuration.
I hope this helps.


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21 Nov 2010   #4
DMHolt57

 
 

A couple of points to consider...
You can have a total of four primary partitions, this being an OEM install, you have one up front for the boot files. I am guessing the D volume is a Lenova recovery partition. The last empty partition, I don't have a clue. You would have to format the drive and reinstall windows on the clean drive to start with a main partition without the boot files partition up front. Then a process of shrinking the C drive to create the other partitions you want...short of a clean install, you can format the D drive, getting rid of the recovery and programs from Lenova, and extend the two drives on the end, for three partitions of equal size.
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21 Nov 2010   #5
nikeshkm

Windows 7 ultimate
 
 

HI thanks for the reply...

I am willing to do a clean install..
But when i start the installation how do i re-partition the hard disk?
I want to know that...because i think when installing Windows vista/7 we dont get the option for partitioning.
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21 Nov 2010   #6
rap33042

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

nikeshkm:
Download Partition Wizard and use that.
No re-install, no muss, no fuss.
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21 Nov 2010   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again.



There is an option to create partitions during the clean install process.
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21 Nov 2010   #8
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Many tech enthusiasts find a clean-copy DVD of their OS version and reinstall using the OEM Product Key on the COA sticker on machine. Any installer can also have all versions unlocked using the ei.cfg removal tool. Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

Make your Recovery DIsks or save a Win7 backup image of the entire HD first so you have a path back to factory condition. Then wipe the HD of all code: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

The installer is mostly driver-complete, with newer arriving quickly via optional Windows Updates. Any drivers then missing in Device Manager can be found on the Support Downloads webpage for your model computer or device. Clean Install Windows 7

Install updates and then programs slowly over time to gauge performance after each. Don't let any programs write themselves into msconfig>Startup as they become freeloaders on your RAM/CPU and can spy on you. I only allow AV and gadgets. http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...-msconfig.html

Use a lightweight free AV like MS Security Essentials which works perfectly with Windows 7 Firewall. http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

When it is finished, clean and order the HD perfectly using state-of-the-art free CCleaner then Auslogics Disk and Registry defraggers monthly. CCleaner - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com
Auslogics Disk Defrag - Reviews and free Auslogics Disk Defrag downloads at Download.com
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Then save a Win7 Backup image externally so you never have to reinstall again, just reimage the HD or replacement using DVD or Repair CD. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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21 Nov 2010   #9
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Your OEM partition is your OS recovery safety net. Until you feel very comfortable doing what your doing I suggest you leave it alone. Never try to resize it.

However, I can't see any harm in using Partition wizard(PW) to move your current logical partition into the left. 200GB for C: should be fine.
Given you only have a 500GB HDD I'd be tempted using PW to make D: a primary.
Window disk management will not let you set it to primary, PW will.
Many OEM machines come with 4 primary partitions to begin with.

If it all goes haywire - clean install.

No matter what you do make sure you have made your Factory Recovery Disks.
These essentially duplicate your OEM recovery partition if that gets damaged.
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22 Nov 2010   #10
nikeshkm

Windows 7 ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rap33042 View Post
nikeshkm:
Download Partition Wizard and use that.
No re-install, no muss, no fuss.

Thanks a ton...it solved all my problems...

Thanks again
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