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Windows 7: Too many Partitions created on new computer

17 Jan 2012   #31
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I agree.


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17 Jan 2012   #32
ronecc

windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

I just tried to make the unallocated partition useable, but it will not let me because it says there are already enough partitions, so the only option is to try another re-install and hope all those screen shots make sense when I see them. I do not want to end up with a blocked system.
What do you think about using a HDD cleaner like Dban.
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17 Jan 2012   #33
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I would think
1) Factory restore may be the easiest way out
2) Clean install probably better if you have the Windows 7 installation disk and are prepared to do a little partitioning. I strongly recommend you make the system reserved ~200MB instead of the default 100MB (good reasons I won't go into). Make sure system reserved is set as the only ACTIVE partition prior to the Windows install.

I personally wouldn't attempt to recover from what you have at the moment. That is I would start afresh.
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17 Jan 2012   #34
ronecc

windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Thanks again. I have been at this all day and my brain has seized up. I will try again tomorrow after I have had 4 new tyres fitted to my car. All comes at once.
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17 Jan 2012   #35
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I would think

2) Clean install probably better if you have the Windows 7 installation disk
A fujitsu DVD is a Windows 7 installation disk.
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17 Jan 2012   #36
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I would think

2) Clean install probably better if you have the Windows 7 installation disk
A fujitsu DVD is a Windows 7 installation disk.
Ok so clean install would be better - but make system reserved 200MB.
It strikes me that as long as you have some time it doesn't matter if you even muck up the next installation. Redo until it's right.
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17 Jan 2012   #37
gregrocker

 

Boot the Win7 DVD you apparently have and clean reinstall following these tips to get a perfect reinstall of Factory OEM: Reinstalling Windows 7

While installing I would use the Custom Install>Drive Options shown in this tutorial Clean Install Windows 7 to delete all existing partitions, then create your partitions as you wish, or just delete all then click Next and Win7 installer will create it's own partition and format it for you. You can later shrink it in Disk Management to add another partition if you want.

If you know how you want to set up your partitions then you can Create them now with the Drive Options, format and install Win7 to the first partition - ignoring the 100mb System Reserved boot partition Win7 will create for you.
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17 Jan 2012   #38
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Is your Disk Management still the same as in your post #7 - if yes, I think it can be easily fixed without a reinstall.
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17 Jan 2012   #39
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ronecc View Post
........... Thinking for some reason this computer wanted me to manually set partitions, I clicked yes and adjusted the percentage to 75%/25%, presuming that would give me 'C' Drive of 375GB and 'D' Drive of 125GB.............
I would tend to also think this is where you came unstuck. You could of course do another "auto everything" install and expect a sensible partition structure. You can then change this if you want.
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17 Jan 2012   #40
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Have yet to see a computer sold asking the End User to set it up like that.
Having a dual core has nothing to do with partitioning, only whether or not it can run a 64 bit OS. Which today is commonplace.
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