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Windows 7: Installing "boot" files to an SSD

25 Jul 2014   #61
TheAtomicGoose

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I'm not currently in Windows and will post a screenshot now as I need to reboot anyway. Just a moment.


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25 Jul 2014   #62
TheAtomicGoose

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

My machine is running well, better than before I reinstalled. Here's the screenshot...


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25 Jul 2014   #63
Anak

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Thank you, it has a much cleaner look.

Are you satisfied with how its partitioned now or do you foresee any changes?
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25 Jul 2014   #64
TheAtomicGoose

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I might make the main Windows partition a little bigger, and I'm installing Arch Linux alongside Windows so that'll result in some more partitions. I'm not sure where the Windows EFI partition is though, because I thought those were always 512MB. Is the 100MB System Reserved partition the EFI partition?
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25 Jul 2014   #65
gregrocker

 

You do not have an EFI install as signified by having an EFI System partition. Instead you have an MBR install with a System Reserved partition. Did you want an EFI install?

To extend the C drive in Disk Mgmt, rightclick on it to Extend by as much as you want. Then create a new partition in the Unallocated Space left over for storage if you don't want it all for C.
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25 Jul 2014   #66
TheAtomicGoose

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Yes, I wanted an EFI install, as I've heard that it's next to impossible to dual boot EFI Arch Linux and MBR Windows.
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25 Jul 2014   #67
gregrocker

 

Then follow UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums

Did you notice if there were UEFI choices on the boot menu when you chose the Win7 bootable installation media? If not you'lll need to enable UEFI in BIOS setup, or Disable Legacy BIOS or CSM, until the installer shows up as a UEFI device to choose.

But if you're using a flash stick it needs special formatting using Option One in UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
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25 Jul 2014   #68
TheAtomicGoose

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

My BIOS does have UEFI choices, and I know that my computer has UEFI enabled, as my Linux install is UEFI. None of my boot options have ever showed anything with UEFI in them. Do I have to let the partition that I create after deleting all of my others take up the entire drive, as said in the instructions for a UEFI install? I'd like to leave most of my HDD empty.
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25 Jul 2014   #69
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

And magically your 8 GB partition has grown to 30 GB

Indeed your disk 1 looks much much better

Yes, you should re size C to 100 or 150 GB
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