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Windows 7: Which partitions do I actually need?

06 Jun 2012   #71
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Is there any way I can change the order of the partitions?


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06 Jun 2012   #72
gregrocker

 

Yes, you would boot PW CD, rightclick on C and slide it to the left intact, Click OK. Apply.

Then rightclick C to Modify>Set to Logical, OK, Apply.

Then rightclick the empty space you made earlier and now have on the right side of C, Create a Logical NTFS partition there, OK, Apply.
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06 Jun 2012   #73
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Ok, thanks, I'll try it later. I'm away from my PC now.
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07 Jun 2012   #74
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Yeah, that went well. While formatting the partition for the new OS it corrupted windows, and I've been forced to reinstall it. Luckily I've got backups.
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07 Jun 2012   #75
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Right, well since I'm now in the situation where nothing really matters if anything bad happens because all my data is safe and I've got a clean install of windows 7 with HP's rubbish. Could it be better to do a clean install of windows without HP's intervention, which would give me 3 free partitions to use, as there would be no recovery, no HP_tools and no system, because the last one would be combined with the main c drive.

Opinions please.
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07 Jun 2012   #76
gregrocker

 

Did you use the PW boot disk? I have never heard of it failing.

As I also mentioned earlier, most tech enthusiasts would never run the HP factory preinstall but instead Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.
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07 Jun 2012   #77
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

what i did was, move the partition to the right of the c drive, as you said, then formatted it as NTFS, then went into the OS install disc and thgen formatted the disc for mac os. that somehow mucked everything up, so that i couldn't boot windows, one reinstall from recovery discs later, windows 7 is back with all the original partitions. Where'd I go wrong?

I'm now considering doing a cleam install of windows from a disc (not recovery discs) and then using the spare partitions, as there will be no HP_tools partition, or recovery partiton for the new os.
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07 Jun 2012   #78
gregrocker

 

I thought you had changed your mind based on the early feedback given and were considering a Linux Dual Boot.

I gave you the best way to create a fifth partition to install a supportable OS. Apple is not supported.

Your best bet with HP is always to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.
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07 Jun 2012   #79
Tomtom111

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Ah, ok. Does it always corrupt the drive when trying to install mac os? I might try linux, i presume I just follow the steps you've posted previously? Also, how do people make Hackintosh's?
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07 Jun 2012   #80
gregrocker

 

I have no interest in Mac OS so cannot offer advice. As you were informed it is against the Apple EULA I thought you had changed your mind and were going with Linux, which is best Dual Booted as described here by our moderator: Where to install ubuntu in my system?
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