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Windows 7: Which partitions do I actually need?

06 Jun 2012   #61
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

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That may be the answer. So if I get rid of one of the partitions, HP_tools or recovery, the other of the two won't work?
What exactly is it that you would like to accomplish now?

What other OS would you like to Dual Boot? If it's Linux the best method is here to avoid GRUB corrupting Win7: Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7

I gave you the best way based on three years experience of adding another OS to Win7 HP's where the user wishes to keep Recovery and Diag. Tools intact.

However most tech enthusiasts do not run the grossly bloated HP preinstall however but instead Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. There are special notes at the end of the tutorial for HP owners.
I want to install another OS while keeping the option of restoring windows, be it by CDs or the recovery patition, preferably without reinstalling windows before hand


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06 Jun 2012   #62
gregrocker

 

Then follow the steps I gave earlier which you must have missed:

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The best course with HP is to convert C to Logical, resize it to add as many Logical partitions as you wish. As long as Win7 is booted by System Reserved then Win7 and another OS can be on Logical partitions.

To do this use free Partition Wizard bootable CD, follow these video steps:
How to set partition as Primary or Logical.
How to Create Partition with partition manager? Partition Wizard Create Partition Video Help
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06 Jun 2012   #63
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

OK, I'll try changing it to logical. A few questions though, can I install a new OS on a logical partition? next, I thought there were 2 types of disk, basic limited to 4 partitions, and dynamic on which you can have many more partitions, but not install OS's on them, so where does logical disk come in all of that?
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06 Jun 2012   #64
gregrocker

 

I specifically said in my first post which you ignored that you can install OS's on Logical as long as there is a Primary boot partition which there is.

You can have four Primary partitions, or three Primary and unlimited Logical. If you already have four you need to remove one to create a Logical using Partition Wizard CD or convert an Inactive Primary to Logical. Much experience has led us to recommend converting C in the case of HP's.
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06 Jun 2012   #65
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

OK, I'm sorry if I ask for stuff that you have already posted. Would it be ok to convert one of the existing partitions to logical, and then create a new logical partition on which the new os will be installed. Because you said I can only convert an inactive partition, so I could only convert C drive, recovery or hp_tools, correct?
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06 Jun 2012   #66
gregrocker

 

Did you read the steps I've repeatedly posted? I couldnt' have been more clear that the best way to proceed is to convert C to Logical, shrink it and create another Logical partition to it's right to install the other OS.

I even provided you with video tutorials that show exactly how to do both things.

You're pulling my leg asking again, right? I mean, I literally made you a movie.
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06 Jun 2012   #67
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Yeah, I am paying attention. I've now got 5 partitions. However I can't format it. It comes up with a message saying it needs to be converted to a dynamic disk, which I don't want to do as I can't install another OS
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06 Jun 2012   #68
gregrocker

 

Do not convert to Dynamic which is for use only to span a partition across multiple HD's. You should not get this warning if you have converted C to Logical and are creating another Logical partition to its right.

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk mgmt drive map with listings so we can advise you better.
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06 Jun 2012   #69
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Don't worry i'm not going to convert it, I know I can't install OS's on it. If I understand you correctly, I've not converted any partition to logical. I've attached what Windows disk management said as well as the mini tool manager.


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06 Jun 2012   #70
gregrocker

 

I wouldn't have resized C from the left since it moves Win7 to a lower address with slightly slower read times.

But since it's done, you must complete the steps to convert C to Logical, then create a Logical partition in the space. I linked you video tutorials on how to do this earlier.
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