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Windows 7: Partition Hard-Drive without format?


07 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Partition Hard-Drive without format?

Search gave me some results but that were from Installing a new Windows.

Currently I have a C: drive and another drive (Recovery).
I have to create partitions of the C: without installing the Windows over or formatting. Is there an easy way to do this? I don't mind using some software, if it gets the work done effectively.
I got some little info about something Shrink C: or something. If there's already a tutorial for what I am trying to do, kindly link me.

BTW, please give some information about this Recovery drive?



Thanks


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07 Oct 2011   #2

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We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create


Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

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please give some information about this Recovery drive?
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07 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

This tutorial shows you how to partition your C drive without affecting the recovery partition.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

It's a free download to create a bootable CD so once you've done it you insert the disc into your optical drive and boot into to repartition your drive.

As for the recovery drive, it does exactly what it says on the tin - it allows you to recover your computer to its factory state i.e. how it was when you first bought the computer.

One thing I would strongly advise, and that is to create a set of recovery discs before you do anything else so that you'll be able to recover your system should the recovery partition get corrupted.

Your computer documentation should show how to recover your system and how to create the recovery discs. One point to remember, recovery from discs takes a lot longer than using the recovery partition. You also need to remember that if you do carry out a factory restore, any data you haven't backed up and any partitions you have created would be wiped.
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07 Oct 2011   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CloudS View Post
Currently I have a C: drive and another drive (Recovery).
I have to create partitions of the C: WHY without installing the Windows over or formatting. Is there an easy way to do this? YES I don't mind using some software, if it gets the work done effectively. Everything you need is already in Win 7

Now what do you desire to do and why?

In any case, the output of DiskManagement will be needed.

Please use following procedure and be sure to drag the field separators so that all fields are visible and readable.

HOW TO POST A SNAPSHOT OF DISK MANAGEMENT DISPLAY
Run disk management:
WIN | type DISKMGMT.MSC | ENTER
WIN
is the key with the wavy flag.

Maximize the output of Disk Management:
ALT-Spacebar key combo (this pops up a menu) followed by X key (selects Maximize) |
Drag the field separators (such as between Status and Capacity) to show entire field. This is very important, otherwise, needed info is not visible.

Make a snapshot:
WIN | type SNIPPING | ENTER | New
Drag the cursor around the area you want to snip.
File | Save as | select save location and name | Save

Post the snapshot:
Upload a File or Screenshot in Seven Forums

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07 Oct 2011   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Is it fine to create OEM Rec discs after installing AV, brower etc?

karlsnooks
Because I want to have more drives. And without formatting as I have installed some basic apps like AV etc.


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07 Oct 2011   #7

Windows 7
 
 

OK. I will do that now.
After that, how do I go about for the partition?
Also, in the image I posted there are Tools and System too. These are not partitions? They are not visible in the My Computer.
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07 Oct 2011   #8

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CloudS View Post
Is it fine to create OEM Rec discs after installing AV, brower etc? Yes

Because I want to have more drives. And without formatting as I have installed some basic apps like AV etc.
The bottom half of the DiskManagement screen is missing from your post.

Could you please repost and include that bottom half which shows a map of the physical drives?
Thanks,
karl
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08 Oct 2011   #9

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CloudS View Post
Is it fine to create OEM Rec discs after installing AV, brower etc? Yes

Because I want to have more drives. And without formatting as I have installed some basic apps like AV etc.
The bottom half of the DiskManagement screen is missing from your post.

Could you please repost and include that bottom half which shows a map of the physical drives?
Thanks,
karl
Here's the other half.


F: is a USB modem which I have connected (not sure if thats what its called) and CD Drive H: is perhaps the virtual drive created by Power ISO which I think is not shown in the DiskMGMT.

Also, after the creation of recovery disk is it safe and recommended to delete or remove the recovery drive?


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08 Oct 2011   #10

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Would you do me a big favor and post a snip showing the complete Disk Management output in one snip? I'm not good at scrolling back and forth and trying to put the pieces together in my mind.
Thanks,
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