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Windows 7: Unallocated spaces at the beginning & end of the BOOT disk

19 Mar 2015   #1
119baystate

WIN 7 32 bit
 
 
Unallocated spaces at the beginning & end of the BOOT disk

I am spinning off a new thread from 1 in the HARDWARE & DEVICES forum to get some other perspective. The discussion there has seemed to stalled out on what is the issue in my situation. The link to that discussion:
Partition question : Unallocated Space Before

My situation:
I recently shrunk my system partition to create another partition to make a CLEAN INSTALL system on the new partition. I noticed afterward that I have 1Mb UNALLOCATED space both at the beginning & end of that hard drive. Does your explanation above account for this? I cannot seem to get rid of those 2 spaces.

What I am currently doing:
I deleted the drive in question & did a fresh install on the drive. The unallocated spaces persist. Now I am wiping the drive & will do a fresh install again & check the matter again.

Will report back on the progress.

Anyone else stumble on to this problem?


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19 Mar 2015   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Did you delete the entire drive down to un allocated space before this new install ?
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19 Mar 2015   #3
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Why the concern over this totally inconsequential amount of disk space? Why is this considered a problem at all?
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19 Mar 2015   #4
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It is supposed to be like that. Normal partition alignment for Vista and newer.
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19 Mar 2015   #5
119baystate

WIN 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Did you delete the entire drive down to un allocated space before this new install ?
I (THINK) that I did. The new install just finished. Now there is no unallocated space. I will now repartition the drive & restore the old image & recheck.

CHECK MYSELF above: I will restore the old image & recheck. If OK then repartition.
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19 Mar 2015   #6
119baystate

WIN 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
Why the concern over this totally inconsequential amount of disk space? Why is this considered a problem at all?
With VERY GREAT concern. Inexplicable incidents propagate themselves in future operations. From the perspective of system analyst & reliability engineer you BITE THIS IN THE BUD while you can. Later the cascading effect is likely irrepairable.

As a "7 GURU" I would expect you realize that.
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19 Mar 2015   #7
119baystate

WIN 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
It is supposed to be like that. Normal partition alignment for Vista and newer.
When you say "It is supposed to be like that.", do you mean the unallocated spaces should exist? They did not before to my recollection.
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19 Mar 2015   #8
119baystate

WIN 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 119baystate View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Did you delete the entire drive down to un allocated space before this new install ?
I (THINK) that I did. The new install just finished. Now there is no unallocated space. I will now repartition the drive & restore the old image & recheck.

CHECK MYSELF above: I will restore the old image & recheck. If OK then repartition.
At this juncture I have restored the OLD image & NO unallocated spaces exist. Now I will repartition the disk to make room for the FRESH INSTALL.

The disk has been repartitoned & NO unallocated spaces. The final step is NEXT, will report back.
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20 Mar 2015   #9
gregrocker

 

Much ado about a megabyte.
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20 Mar 2015   #10
119baystate

WIN 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Much ado about a megabyte.
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is especially true if those of you that offer advice as frequent as you do cannot explain why. I have no idea if this will BITE me in --- down the road.
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