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Windows 7: Win-7 partition issue

06 Apr 2014   #1
nkaufman

Win-7 Prof 64bit
 
 
Win-7 partition issue

Hello,

Installing Win-7 on my laptop with 750GB HD. Wanted to have 4 partitions but could not do so.

Right now I have

System - 100MB; C:\ ; D:\ as primary partitions and
E:\ and F:\ are logical drives

Is that the correct configuration or am I making a mistake? Please let me know.

Thanks.


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06 Apr 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nkaufman View Post
Wanted to have 4 partitions but could not do so.

Right now I have

System - 100MB; C:\ ; D:\ as primary partitions and
E:\ and F:\ are logical drives

Is that the correct configuration or am I making a mistake?
You say you wanted to have 4 partitions.

Looks to me like you have 4 partitions plus a "system reserved" partition.

What's wrong with that?

Post a picture of Windows Disk Management.

There's a decent argument for not having a bunch of partitions, but I assume you think you need them--rather than maybe 2 partitions with a series of folders.
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06 Apr 2014   #3
nkaufman

Win-7 Prof 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nkaufman View Post
Wanted to have 4 partitions but could not do so.

Right now I have

System - 100MB; C:\ ; D:\ as primary partitions and
E:\ and F:\ are logical drives

Is that the correct configuration or am I making a mistake?
You say you wanted to have 4 partitions.

Looks to me like you have 4 partitions plus a "system reserved" partition.

What's wrong with that?

Post a picture of Windows Disk Management.

There's a decent argument for not having a bunch of partitions, but I assume you think you need them--rather than maybe 2 partitions with a series of folders.
yes, but the partitions for E and F are logical drives instead of primary partitions (C, D are Primary partitions).
Will upload a pic if you still need. My old unit w/XP had 4 partitions and that is what I was migrating to but seems that this "system reserved" messes things up in Win-7
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06 Apr 2014   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nkaufman View Post

yes, but the partitions for E and F are logical drives instead of primary partitions (C, D are Primary partitions).
Will upload a pic if you still need. My old unit w/XP had 4 partitions and that is what I was migrating to but seems that this "system reserved" messes things up in Win-7
Windows will want to force you to extended/logical partitions if you go beyond 3 primary.

There's nothing wrong with extended and logical partitions, although you seem to think they are "messed up".

Just use the logical partitions as you want to. Or use a scheme that doesn't require that many partitions. You're likely just wasting space with that many partitions, but it's your choice.

Post a pic of Windows Disk Managment.
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06 Apr 2014   #5
nkaufman

Win-7 Prof 64bit
 
 

I have a quick pic since this laptop does not have any software installed on it yet. Hopefully it give enough info. else I'll take a better pic tomorrow.


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06 Apr 2014   #6
ignatzatsonic

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Tough to read that picture, but it looks OK. There are 7 items in the list. The last 4 represent the 4 partitions on Disk 0, where C is located.

You have 4 primary partitions on Disk 0: System Reserved, C, D, and the extended partition which contains the logical partitions E and G.

Nothing wrong with that.

Looks like you just installed Windows?

Windows doesn't require System Reserved partition, but you get it with a normal install. It can be avoided. It contains your boot files. To get rid of it, you'd do one of these 2 things:

Copy boot files to C with a program such as Easy BC Edit or:

Reinstall Windows and make your partitions with Diskpart very early in the installation.

The result would be no System Reserved. Boot files would be on C.

That's what I did. I didn't want a System Reserved.

Or stay with the current situation. As I said, nothing wrong with it.

Windows has forced you into an extended/logical setup because you wanted more than 3 primary partitions.

The only partition that has to be primary is the boot partition (System Reserved in this case).

If you created 4 primary partitions, you would be stuck and would not be able to create any more partitions without deleting an existing one. That's why Windows 7 doesn't want you to do it. If you absolutely insist, I think you can force 4 primary partitions without an extended in Diskpart. But that's unnecessary as there's nothing wrong with extended/logical.
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06 Apr 2014   #7
nkaufman

Win-7 Prof 64bit
 
 

7 items - perhaps could have removed the usb thumb drive to make things easier.

However, I thought I need the System Reserved in order to use Windows System Image and Restore.

I think you mean - create partitions on HDD using Disk Part when one comes to Language screen while installing, then install Win-7 on C: etc. I've read about it on the forums and am a bit confused as to the benefits of doing that.

My different partitions were for - Document, Images/Videos, Music and VM in XP. So was wondering why it was an issue in Win-7.

Yes. I am still in the Audit mode and would like to ensure that all is well before installing drivers etc and making a system image (thanks to people like Kari).

thanks for your help.
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06 Apr 2014   #8
ignatzatsonic

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see comments in bold

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nkaufman View Post
However, I thought I need the System Reserved in order to use Windows System Image and Restore.

No. You need it for "bitlocker" and that's about it.

I think you mean - create partitions on HDD using Disk Part when one comes to Language screen while installing, then install Win-7 on C: etc. I've read about it on the forums and am a bit confused as to the benefits of doing that.

Benefits: no System Reserved; less clutter, fewer partitions to be concerned with. Nothing much. You can of course create partitions as desired in Diskpart, but you can do that later in Windows.

My different partitions were for - Document, Images/Videos, Music and VM in XP. So was wondering why it was an issue in Win-7.

thanks for your help.
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06 Apr 2014   #9
nkaufman

Win-7 Prof 64bit
 
 

I thought I read in these forums that one needs it for System Restore (WinPE or something). But could be mistaken.
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06 Apr 2014   #10
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nkaufman View Post
I thought I read in these forums that one needs it for System Restore (WinPE or something). But could be mistaken.
I can assure you that is wrong.

I've used System Restore dozens of times; as recently as this week.

I haven't had a System Reserved partition in 4 years.
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