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Windows 7: Partition Hard-Drive without format?

09 Oct 2011   #21
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I'm afraid this is rather difficult without offending the thread starter, but you either haven't been understanding what Karl has been telling you or you are choosing to ignore him.

The recovery partition is used to restore your computer to its factory state i.e. exactly how it was when you first bought the computer. If you delete the recovery partition and you haven't got any recovery discs you can't recover to the factory state, which means you would have to buy a set of HP recovery discs or a Windows 7 DVD.

A restore from a system image backup restores your computer to the state it was in at the time you created your backup.

If you decide to keep the HP Recovery and HP Tools partitions you can only increase the number of partitions by creating logical partitions in your C drive.

This tutorial explains how to create a system image backup.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

This one shows you how to partition your hard drive.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

ImgBurn is an excellent, free ISO burner.

http://www.imgburn.com/


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09 Oct 2011   #22
CloudS

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
I'm afraid this is rather difficult without offending the thread starter, but you either haven't been understanding what Karl has been telling you or you are choosing to ignore him.

The recovery partition is used to restore your computer to its factory state i.e. exactly how it was when you first bought the computer. If you delete the recovery partition and you haven't got any recovery discs you can't recover to the factory state, which means you would have to buy a set of HP recovery discs or a Windows 7 DVD.

A restore from a system image backup restores your computer to the state it was in at the time you created your backup.

If you decide to keep the HP Recovery and HP Tools partitions you can only increase the number of partitions by creating logical partitions in your C drive. This tutorial explains how to create a system image backup.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
I wasn't intending to ignore him. Since, I am new to all this Win 7 things, it was a little confusing. That's it. I thank Karl for this help and replies he gave.
Actually, I just run out of blank DVD to put by back-up in and that's why looking if I had an alternative.
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09 Oct 2011   #23
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Cloud,
Theoretically one can use DVDs for backup.
Practically this is problematic, costly, and time-consuming.

Best is an external usb drive. For the small amount of data which you have a 200 gb external usb would suffice. You can probaly get even a 500 gm for $50.
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09 Oct 2011   #24
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CloudS View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
I'm afraid this is rather difficult without offending the thread starter, but you either haven't been understanding what Karl has been telling you or you are choosing to ignore him.

The recovery partition is used to restore your computer to its factory state i.e. exactly how it was when you first bought the computer. If you delete the recovery partition and you haven't got any recovery discs you can't recover to the factory state, which means you would have to buy a set of HP recovery discs or a Windows 7 DVD.

A restore from a system image backup restores your computer to the state it was in at the time you created your backup.

If you decide to keep the HP Recovery and HP Tools partitions you can only increase the number of partitions by creating logical partitions in your C drive. This tutorial explains how to create a system image backup.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
I wasn't intending to ignore him. Since, I am new to all this Win 7 things, it was a little confusing. That's it. I thank Karl for this help and replies he gave.
Actually, I just run out of blank DVD to put by back-up in and that's why looking if I had an alternative.
In that case, check my edited comment for the extra links I included for you.

As you have a set of HP recovery discs it means you can recover to the factory state if you needed to.

I would now be inclined to delete the HP Recovery and HP Tools, and then create a new partition using the resultant unallocated space.

Before you create your new partitions, you could reduce the C partition to around 150 GB to give you extra space for your new partitions.
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09 Oct 2011   #25
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote:
By partitioning I meant, creating more drives, like Drive E: and Drive I: while keeping the Drive C: for windows only.
Why do you need more partitions?
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09 Oct 2011   #26
CloudS

Windows 7
 
 

I answered that before too.
Same reason.
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20 Sep 2012   #27
raufjawaid

windows home premium 64
 
 

Hi, need little help. How should I partition my hard drive without effecting the recovery partition.


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