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Windows 7: Noob W7/64 Clean Install Questions


07 Oct 2009   #1

Window7 64
 
 
Noob W7/64 Clean Install Questions

I apologize for these noob questions but I really want Windows 7 64bit.

I have done XP clean installs before but now I have a new machine with Vista 64. In addition I now have two hard drives (only had one before).
I will be installing Windows 7/64 on a 300 g 10,000 rpm and my other drive is a 1TB 7,200 I use for storage.

Here it goes!!
1. During the installation will the process allow me not to involve the larger hard drive? Is there a good reason to clean this drive also. (saving content to an external is not a problem)

2. My C drive is divided into program files and program files (x86). All the windows files are on the program files and all the stuff I have added are on the (x86).

Will the installation automatically create a similar layout? Does Windows 7 also have a similar (x86) portion of the drive? Do I need to do anything special for this?

Sorry for all these questions but I did not know where else to ask for help.

Will be installing Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

I have read/bookmarked/printed the Clean install directions.

Clean Install Windows 7

Any help/advice would be deeply appreciated.

Harry

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07 Oct 2009   #2

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Toes View Post
1. During the installation will the process allow me not to involve the larger hard drive?
The best thing to do in this situation is to unplug the larger hard disk. Never trust Windows installation process to leave your hard disk alone, so disconnect it.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Toes View Post
2. My C drive is divided into program files and program files (x86).

Will the installation automatically create a similar layout? Does Windows 7 also have a similar (x86) portion of the drive?
Yes, that behavior is the same in Windows 7. x86 folder is where the 32-bit programs live.
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07 Oct 2009   #3

Windows Vista Business / Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I dont think you really need to burn the time disconnecting a drive (unless you really just want to)

Make sure you choose the proper drive during setup and all should be fine. Remember that whichever drive you choose to install to, 7 will carve up another partition on it for bitlocker purposes (assuming you are using Ultimate or Enterprise)
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07 Oct 2009   #4

Window7 64
 
 

Great information. Thank you very much.

Harry
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07 Oct 2009   #5

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jordus View Post
I dont think you really need to burn the time disconnecting a drive (unless you really just want to)
It's the easiest way to prevent Windows from messing with it. And to prevent it from writing boot files on a drive he otherwise wouldn't want Windows messing with.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jordus View Post
Make sure you choose the proper drive during setup and all should be fine. Remember that whichever drive you choose to install to, 7 will carve up another partition on it for bitlocker purposes (assuming you are using Ultimate or Enterprise) 33 Minutes Ago 12:07 PM
That's true if he uses the installation disc to create the partitions from unallocated space. If the disc is pre-formatted the separate bitlocker/boot partition is not necessarily created.
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07 Oct 2009   #6

Windows Vista Business / Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
That's true if he uses the installation disc to create the partitions from unallocated space. If the disc is pre-formatted the separate bitlocker/boot partition is not necessarily created.
I can't yet find any information to the contrary. But everytime i have installed windows 7 it has created this hidden volume (on unformatted disks, formatted disks, disks with existing windows installations, etc)

I also dont know why it would be "choosey" on whether or not it creates the partition, as construed by "not necessarily"
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07 Oct 2009   #7

Window7 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jordus View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
That's true if he uses the installation disc to create the partitions from unallocated space. If the disc is pre-formatted the separate bitlocker/boot partition is not necessarily created.
I can't yet find any information to the contrary. But everytime i have installed windows 7 it has created this hidden volume (on unformatted disks, formatted disks, disks with existing windows installations, etc)

I also dont know why it would be "choosey" on whether or not it creates the partition, as construed by "not necessarily"
This is getting over my poor brain addled head.
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07 Oct 2009   #8

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Toes

Just unplug your 1TB drive and make sure your data is backed up and do it
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07 Oct 2009   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

+1, Ken.
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07 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I can say from first hand experience you should unplug the 1TB drive. Similar thing happened to me - had SSD & 640GB storage drive. Windows installed on the SSD, but booted from the 640GB. Reinstalled Windows a few times but it still happened. Only when I unplugged the 640 and installed again did everything work out fine.
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