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Windows 7: How do I make 9 Partitions & Install Win 7 ?

28 May 2012   #1

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How do I make 9 Partitions & Install Win 7 ?


This may sound crazy but I have to do it to separate my various kinds of data.

I have a 500 GB Hard Disk.

I want to make 9 partitions of various sizes & Install Windows 7 64 bit ( Ultimate ) in the first partition.

I installed this Hard Disk as slave to my current Hard Disk & tried using disk management but it makes all partitions as Primary & doesn't give me a choice to create an extented partition within which I can make 8 Logical partitions.

I have very limited knowledge of Hardware.

Can you guys please help with a step by step instructions ?

Also do I need to make any partition active & if yes how & what does active do ?

Thank You in advance.

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28 May 2012   #2
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Use free Partition Wizard bootable CD to choose Logical when creating any but the OS partition which must be Primary - as shown in this video.

If you install first, only the 100mb System Reserved partition created when you install to unpartitioned drive must be Primary. However you might as well leave Windows 7 partition Primary, too. You can have 3 Primary and unlimited Logical partitions.

PW is the best tool because as long as the partitions are contiguous it doesn't view them as within a container, and treats deleted Unallocated and Free Space the same for all purposes.
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29 May 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Why do you need 9 partitions? I'm asking, because I'd be willing to bet there is a far better way to accomplish your end goal.
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29 May 2012   #4

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Thank You gregrocker

It worked like a charm.
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29 May 2012   #5

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I like to keep my different types of data in a separate partion.

You will probably tell me to keep them in separate folder ?

Some of my Partitions are 40 GB, so is it a good idea to have that large a folder ?

Also I would like to know if there are any disavantages of having 9 Partitions.
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29 May 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower

Here I typically see anywhere from 25-30gb or more stored in one main folder with several sub folders depending on file type or application such as system or utility file. One or two large data partitions is generally the preferred method for a drive layout with few drive letters involved as well as seeing more drive space available for each.
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30 May 2012   #7

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I see the advanyage of having more drive space.

But my files & folders have a very long file names ( Most close to 250 Characters ) so they are easier to remember.

So if drive space is the only disadvantage ? OR having more partitions slows down the system ?
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30 May 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I personally won't go over 2 partitions on any single drive. I feel like separating out the data in partititons serves no purpose, other than to add more driver letters and confusion. There's no advantage to doing so over using folders, but there are disadvantages...such as running out of disk space on any volume much easier. Why confine your data? I'm a firm believer in the K.I.S.S. method. Why add extra steps, configurations, etc when they yield absolutely nothing.

In addition to all of that, you are only using a 500 GB you are really confining your data. Even with a 2-3TB drive, my above paragraph would be the same, but I can't imagine ever wanting to limit myself that much with over-partitioning on a 500 GB drive.
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30 May 2012   #9

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The big problem with using separate partitions is that you need to know in advance how much to allocate to each. Yes it is possible to modify the partition sizes after the fact but it is a lot more difficult than just allowing Windows to grab what it needs.
I don't think the NTFS file system that Windows uses places any practical limits on folder size or suffers any performance issues with large folders. In my own case I have a folder with videos that is over 150GB.
There are however good reasons for separating your OS/Programs from data. The main one which springs to mind is that you will probably wish to image your OS partition(s) and separating data will keep those images relatively small.
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30 May 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower

Resizing partitions on a drive seeing several partitions can easily become a major project! You may end up needing to shrink another and move it just to expand the one before or after. Talk about time consuming!

As far as just how much you can put in one folder. Your mention of video files is one place to start when one folder could easily take up half of a drive! Saw that on the last build running 500gb drives there and kept running out of drive space too quickly due to video captures and running VMs. No way I would seeing several partitions on one drive but took another 500gb out of the external casing it came in and installed it for internal use.
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