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Windows 7: Win 7 install on SSD

19 Dec 2011   #21
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pulpwood007 View Post
Also I'll take a try at using Diskpart to eliminate the 100mb partition. We will see at that point if I'm aligned.
Here are the Diskpart commands. These commands assume that the SSD is the ONLY drive connected. You can omit the "clean" command if you have a brand new drive with nothing on it.


list disk (to show the ID number of the hard disk to partition, normally Disk 0)

select disk 0 (change 0 to another number if applicable)

clean (this does not write zeroes to drive; use clean all to write zeroes)

create partition primary size=60000 (creates a partition with 60 GB space; to use the entire disk as one partition, omit the “size=60000” parameter switch; use a similar command to create more partitions if needed or create in Windows 7 after installation. Note: if you DO use the primary size= switch to partition only part of the available space, I think you might end up with a 100 MB system reserved partition. Omitting the primary size= switch will force 100% of the drive to be used for C and none for system reserved)

select partition 1

active

format fs=ntfs quick

exit


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19 Dec 2011   #22
pulpwood007

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pulpwood007 View Post
Also I'll take a try at using Diskpart to eliminate the 100mb partition. We will see at that point if I'm aligned.
Here are the Diskpart commands. These commands assume that the SSD is the ONLY drive connected. You can omit the "clean" command if you have a brand new drive with nothing on it.


list disk (to show the ID number of the hard disk to partition, normally Disk 0)

select disk 0 (change 0 to another number if applicable)

clean (this does not write zeroes to drive; use clean all to write zeroes)

create partition primary size=60000 (creates a partition with 60 GB space; to use the entire disk as one partition, omit the “size=60000” parameter switch; use a similar command to create more partitions if needed or create in Windows 7 after installation. Note: if you DO use the primary size= switch to partition only part of the available space, I think you might end up with a 100 MB system reserved partition. Omitting the primary size= switch will force 100% of the drive to be used for C and none for system reserved)

select partition 1

active

format fs=ntfs quick

exit
I played with Diskpart a few months ago when I installed Win 7 on an HDD for a friend. Looks familiar and I'll try it on my HDD before I attack the SSD.

So you can bypass the clean switch and the primary size= switch? Just not enter any values? I'm going to go back and read the tutorial on Diskpart tonight.

I do remember trying the clean all on a partition and found it wipes the entire drive, or at least it did in my case.
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19 Dec 2011   #23
ignatzatsonic

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Clean will wipe the entire drive. Normally, you would use this switch to get rid of all partitions, but new drives don't have partitions so you wouldn't need it in that case.

Clean all with wipe the entire drive and also write zeroes to it. You might use it to securely destroy data if you are throwing a drive in the trash or giving it to someone.

Yes---as I recall, you don't need the size = switch if you want the entire drive as C. In fact, I'd avoid it if you want to avoid the 100 mb system reserve. I think Windows will try to give you a system reserved if you leave any available free space. So use "create partition primary" rather than "create partition primary size=whatever".
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19 Dec 2011   #24
pulpwood007

Windows Professional
 
 

Well I'm looking at the commands and appears that "create partition primary" requires a "size=" after it. Why do you think by using it a system reserve partition will be created?

On a new drive looks like sequence may be:

List Disk

Select disk

Format FS = NTFS quick

Just need to find where I can designate it as primary. I'll keep reading
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19 Dec 2011   #25
whs
Microsoft MVP

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This would be the sequence of commands for a 100MB system partition as first partition on the drive.

Diskpart
List disk
Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your SSD in List disk)
Create partition primary size=100 align=1024
Active
Exit
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19 Dec 2011   #26
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pulpwood007 View Post
Well I'm looking at the commands and appears that "create partition primary" requires a "size=" after it. Why do you think by using it a system reserve partition will be created?

On a new drive looks like sequence may be:

List Disk

Select disk

Format FS = NTFS quick

Just need to find where I can designate it as primary. I'll keep reading
I think you are wrong about "size=" being required.

A "system reserve" will NOT repeat NOT be created IF you don't use size=.

A "system reserve" MIGHT be created (I can't recall) IF you use size= with a size less than the total size of the drive. That is "create partition primary size=79000" on an 80 gig drive might give you a system reserve. So omit it.

list disk

select disk 0 (assuming a 1 disk system)

create partition primary

select partition 1

active

format fs=ntfs quick

exit

The result of the above in my own case was a single C, perfectly aligned, with no system reserved.
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19 Dec 2011   #27
pulpwood007

Windows Professional
 
 

Thanks, I'll give these suggestions a try. I'm sure it's OK to run the "clean" command on an SSD if it doesn't turn out right, and then keep trying.
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