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Windows 7: Install Windows 7 to the end of HDD, keeping other partititions

27 Apr 2012   #1
BlaXpirit

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Install Windows 7 to the end of HDD, keeping other partititions

I have the following configuration on my HDD right now:
[Free space] [Data partition - NTFS (No system)] [Free space]

I want to install Windows 7 to the end of the HDD and get the following configuration:
[Free space] [Data partition - NTFS (No system)] [Less free space] [Reserved by system] [System partition - NTFS - 200GB]

I've tried different tricks but it just ends up creating the "reserved" partition at the very beginning of the drive.

How can I solve this problem?


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27 Apr 2012   #2
BlaXpirit

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I found out that the "reserved" partition is not necessary. So I filled all the unused empty space with "dummy" partitions, and the installation is now in progress. I will remove the unneeded partitions afterwards.

The thread may be removed if it isn't helpful for anyone... But I couldn't find such a function.
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27 Apr 2012   #3
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

None of that is necessary, and you should reconsider putting Win7 at the right end of the HD as this is the slowest part.

You can Copy over and even shift during Resize your existing partitions using free Partition Wizard bootable CD: How to Move/Resize Partition with partition manager? Partition Wizard Move/Resize Partition Video Help.

If you can back up the data then you can partition your drive during install using Custom install Drive Options as shown in Clean Install Windows 7
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27 Apr 2012   #4
BlaXpirit

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Oh this is hilarious.
I ended up with this configuration:
[System Reserved partition - 250 GB] [Data partition - NTFS] [System partition - NTFS - 250GB]
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27 Apr 2012   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Mark the Win7 partition Active then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times. until the System Active flags appear in Disk Mgmt on the Win7 partition itself. You can then delete and recreate the first partition, or format.

Partition - Mark as Active
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27 Apr 2012   #6
BlaXpirit

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thank you for help, but no matter what I've tried it didn't work. That's probably because the partition was created as Logical...

I'll just install it again, now to the beginning of the disk.
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27 Apr 2012   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Then you should have asked back first so we could suggest to convert the partition to Primary using free Partition Wizard bootable CD.

Why do you ask for help if you plan to ignore what's worked for countless thousands of others.
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