Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Having a separate Data Partition?

15 Mar 2011   #51

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RJ12 View Post
My laptop powered off in the middle of the operation... Just booted and it is still working fine. Should I be scared? Do I need to format the partition and restore from the backup?

RJ12, Greg has fixed/repaired hundreds of MBR and is very good at this.

I definitely agree that it is very likely that the Grub is still on your system, this needs to be thoroughly checked and dealt with now.
This could be the reason for the recent shutdown.

You have to fully clean, wipe, the HDD to get rid of the Grub. Formatting will not remove it. Installing win7 over it will not remove it.
Win7 will use any boot files it finds when installing.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Mar 2011   #52

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Your simplest solution would be to run a "Clean all" on the disk and perform a clean install. It will fully clean (zero) the MBR (first 512 bytes) to get rid of any Ubuntu remnants. A simple clean or format is not good enough.

When clean installing choose 200MB not 100MB for the system reserved partition. Simply create your new partition and your job's done!
It is important to do a "Clean all" not just a "Clean" and it will take some time.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Mar 2011   #53
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

I've posted this to you before but here it is again.

After you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media, use Step One of this tutorial at the link below to do a wipe (secure erase) to the entire Hard Disk Drive / Solid State Drive.
  • Then if you do not want to create the new Windows 7 "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #2 to create, format and mark Active a single 100GB partition to do the installation to.
  • If you do want to create the "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #3 to create, format and mark Active the System Reserved partition and then create and format the 100GB partition to do the installation to.
Either way, running the "clean all" then creating and formatting the partition(s) using diskpart will get you the best possible space to do a clean install of Windows 7 to; you can always extend the Windows partition to include the remaining unallocated space on the HDD / SSD or create additional Primary partitions or an Extended partition after the installation completes if you choose.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

DISKPART : At PC Startup

Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
My System SpecsSystem Spec

16 Mar 2011   #54

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Another way is to buy a separate hard drive for data storage.
I like doing it this way as my Data is completely removed
from my system files. I also use an external drive for system image b/ups.
Having a separate Data Partition?-capture.jpg
Having a separate Data Partition?-capture2.jpg

My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Having a separate Data Partition?

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Install personal programs to a partition separate from OS partition?
Hello. I have bought a powerful new computer preloaded with Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) and I would like to try and make future life with this computer and Windows 7 as easy as possible. So I am wondering if I create a new separate d:\ partition and restore all my old and new programs and...
General Discussion
Win 7/HDD setup- separate partition for data?
Need advice on Windows 7 64 install/HDD setp - separate partition for data? Background, ect: - 500GB HDD (Dell Laptop) - - Main goal: Backup/Restore versatility and ease, as well as performance considerations --> I frequently install a lot of software and want a simple way to restore os if...
General Discussion
OS and Data on separate drives
I am doing a clean install of Win 7 Pro 64bit over Vista home premium 64bit, and currently have my OS and data on separate drives. Once i install the OS on drive C: what do i need to do to insure that my data i.e. music, pictures, documents etc. will still point toward the drive with the data on...
Installation & Setup
Separate Data Partition - Why???
Hello, I have been reading about creating a data partition and an OS partition, but I cannot understand why one would want to do this because even with the system "image", the data files still need to be backed up. Why isn't it okay to back up the data files wth the system image? In my setup,...
General Discussion
Separate Partitions for Windows and Data Files ?
Well I'll be reinstalling Windows and I'm thinking for the first time ever, for a change, when I install Windows I'll partition my 160GB HDD in two, I was thinking perhaps 80GB for my DATA (Pictures, Music, Video etc) and the rest for Windows and programs. I wouldn't mind your opinion, what is...
Installation & Setup
Installing data to a separate physical drive
When the final version of Windows 7 is released I am going to install the Windows 7 operating system to my C drive and put my data on a separate physical D drive. I am going to put the temporary Internet files and the Windows temporary files folders on that D drive. What user folders would anyone...
Installation & Setup

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:24.

Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App