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Windows 7: Which partitions do I actually need?


05 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 
Which partitions do I actually need?

I've got Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, and I was wanting to install another OS, for various reasons. After reading about it online I found out that I should install it on another partition however no more that 4 can be created on a basic disk, but OS's can be installed on a dynamic disk. I've tried installing it on external devices, USB sticks, external HDD's, etc. but none worked. So I've come to the conclusion that I can either delete one of the existing partitions or forget about it. The attached image shows how the partions are layed out, along with names. I know some of them can be deleted, such as the C drive and Recovery, but HP tools and the other one, can they? I would appreciated any help. Thanks.



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05 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

What OS are you trying to install? Some Linux OSes can be isntalled to external devices. I had Ubuntu on my external hard drive for a couple years. None of the partitions shown in your picture should be deleted IMO. Although resizing your C: partition could be an option.
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05 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

It's mac os x, which I know is compatible with my system. Also only 4 partitions can be created on a basic disk onto which OS's can be installed. No OS's can be installed on a dynamic disk, but more partitions can be created on it.
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05 Jun 2012   #4

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Make your Recovery discs and then you can remove the Recovery partiton though HP Recovery Manager - that frees up on part. I your HP came with HP Quick Web, and you never use it, you can reclaim HP Tools.

I removed my Recovery part after making my disc and also shrank my C; drive.



I left Quick web because it is kind of fast. So the green area is what used to be my Recovery part + the space I shrank C:

How you partition your drive is up to you.
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05 Jun 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

i've never heard of Mac OS X installing on anything other than a Mac. Have you consider running OS X in a Virtual Machine? I recommend looking into Virtual Box.

VirtualBox - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
https://www.virtualbox.org/
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05 Jun 2012   #6

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

I've tried virtual box, but for whatever reason it doesn't run Mac OS X at any sort of usable speed, it takes like 10 mins to boot up. It probably doesn't like running 2 OS's simultaneously. What is actually stored in the HP_tools partition. Because I use the webcam software that came with my PC, and also it has some Cyberlink movie software which is quite good, so I want to keep those.
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05 Jun 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

I do use the built in windows backup, but I can't back HP tools and system partitions up. But I can backup the program files and other files on the c drive.
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05 Jun 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
i've never heard of Mac OS X installing on anything other than a Mac. Have you consider running OS X in a Virtual Machine? I recommend looking into Virtual Box.

VirtualBox - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
https://www.virtualbox.org/
You can do it, but you end up with a Hackentosh since Apple doesn't allow their OS to be installed on anything other than a Mac.
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05 Jun 2012   #9

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

So which partitions do I actually need to run Windows 7 properly. I don't want to delete the recovery partition because I'm not brilliant at keeping CDs, as proven by the fact that I can't fine the recovery discs I made when I first got the PC.
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05 Jun 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

System and "C".
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