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Windows 7: I cannot create a Windows 8 partition as I already have four partition

01 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
I cannot create a Windows 8 partition as I already have four partition

I want to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview, and create another partition, but I already have four partitions. I have tried partitioning my primary partition, but this does not work as there is a maximum amount of partitions?

One of the partitions I have is a logical partition, but I think it is a default for the Lenovo Recovery OS. Please could someone tell me how to create a partition to install Windows 8?

I have attached a screenshot of how my hard drive is partitioned, to help explanation.

Thank you very much if you help me on this



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01 Mar 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Eddy, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You should be able to shrink say the C: drive for how much you want to use for Windows 8, then use the tutorial below to create a logical partition from the unallocated from C: to use to install Windows 8 onto instead.

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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01 Mar 2012   #3

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I don't think that is going to work Shawn.

Because he is using mbr style - he will need to either delete a primary, or create another logical inside the Extended.

He could possibly use a 3rd party app to include one of the existing primaries into the extended - might stop him accessing the oem functions, tho.

Best bet is to make his windows partition system - then delete the 100mb thing.

Then he has one free slot and can create another partition.
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01 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Why ? It`s only 200 MBs.
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01 Mar 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Ah, you're right Simon.
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01 Mar 2012   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Doesn't matter how small it is.

It is a partition - it is therefore using up a slot in the partition table.

He only has 4 slots.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Why ? It`s only 200 MBs.
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01 Mar 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well I've never tried to extend or shrink partitions but couldn't he shrink the C: drive then extend the logical partiton to use that space and create the new logical drive within that. I presume when you shrink a partition your free space becomes unallocated not two partitions.

I'm also a little curious what's on the Logical Drive as it's 29GB but there's only around 3GB used. The 4th partition is the OEM partition. I couldn't see an OEM creating two partitions for there stuff, but I could be wrong.
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01 Mar 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Which program should I use

Which program should I use to shrink my C drive and extend the logical drive?

Also, would I need to reformat anything?

Thank you so much for your help
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01 Mar 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Please wait for confirmation that'll this will work from someone else before continuing or do so at your own risk, I will not be held responsible if my info is incorrect.
Partition or Volume - Shrink
Partition or Volume - Extend

EDIT: Partition Wizard Bootable CD might be better as I have seen that recommended quite a bit.
http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html
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01 Mar 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I get this message when I follow your tutorial. I am not sure why this happens.


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