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Windows 7: New Laptop......


06 May 2010   #1

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New Laptop......

Hi All,
I bought a new HP i7 Quad edition laptop which have got installed Windows 7 home premium x64 bit edition with single partition. I have 500 GB of HDD. I would like to make multi partition with 80 for C$ drive, remaining with 100 x 4. Moreover i would like to upgrade win 7 enterprise edition. Should i need to take backup of recover partition which already consumed with 13 GB.

Please help on how can i accomplish this task.

Regards
Ragavendran

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06 May 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Welcome!

I suggest using Partition Wizard to shrink the 500GB partition to about 80 or 100GB, depending on how big you want the C drive. Then create 2 more Primary partitions, and 1 Extended partition, all of 100GB.

To upgrade to Windows 7 Enterprise, I believe you will need to do a clean install. You shouldn't remove the recovery partition, unless you are 100% sure you will not need to restore your computer. I don't want to encourage it, but if you are certain you want it deleted, I can give you instructions.
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07 May 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home premium
 
 

Thanks for your reply Jonathan . I would like to delete the recovery partition is it possible to take the backup of this and delete?
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07 May 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

If you're sure, I'll tell you. Follow the instructions for deleting the system reserved partition, substituting the recovery partition number for the system reserved partition in step 5.

You might not have to mark the Windows partition as active or run a startup repair.

Oops, I forgot the link. System Reserved Partition - Delete
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07 May 2010   #5

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Before deleting the recovery partition, use it to create a recovery DVD set (Creating the Recovery Disc Set in Windows 7 - HP Customer Care (United States - English)).

Kari
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07 May 2010   #6
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If you will post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map with listings, we can advise you better of the steps to take if you tell us exactly what you want to do.

Use Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attach file using paper clip in reply box.
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07 May 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home premium
 
 

Hi Greg,
Here am pasting the disk management screenshot. please help me on dividing the C: in parts.


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07 May 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

You will want to leave your System partition alone as it contains the System Active MBR, or we can give you steps to remove it and recover MBR and disk space into Windows 7 partition.

First use CCleaner "Run Cleaner" and Registry tab to clean C: drive, followed by the Auslogics Disk Defragger which will prepare the C drive for shrinking as much as possible using Disk Management.

In Disk Mgmt. rightclick C to select Shrink Volume to see how much it will allow you to shrink the partition. If it is not enough, there are additional steps you can take to force it to shrink more. Otherwise choose the amount you want to shrink it: Partition or Volume - Shrink

Next rightclick to Delete the Recovery Partition if you have made the disk set.

Now create the additional partitions you need in the deleted space: Partition or Volume - Create New

I would wait until you are ready to do a clean reinstall of your version of Windows 7 (without the factory bloatware) before deleting the Tools partition as I believe it contains the wireless manager, which is useless and adds to startup time. If you are prepared to configure the Windows wireless manager in it's place, and don't want any of the other useless HP utilities, then you can delete the Tools partition.

Also when you are ready to clean reinstall the OS with a clean copy of Windows 7 you locate, here is a neat method to extract just the apps you want from the HP recov disks: HP 3rd Party Software After Clean Win 7 Install
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07 May 2010   #9
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Two more questions:

1. Your active partition where the MBR resides is currently the little 199MB partition. Do you want to keep that.
2. do you have an installation disk for the Enterprise edition.
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09 May 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home premium
 
 

Thanks for everyone posting resolution to my issue. I have used partition wizard to do the partition now. am attaching the same screenshot.

Hi Whz,
Yes my HDD containts 199 MB of MBR partition how can i merge this with my current partition. Can u please help on this.

Now i have doubts on upgrading Windows 7 home premium to Enterprise edition. How feasible is now to upgrade version from Home Premium to Enterprise edition. Please help on this.


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