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Windows 7: Partition Wizard and new OS

03 Feb 2010   #1
lonny

Win7 x64
 
 
Partition Wizard and new OS

I've been reading most of the threads here regarding Partition Wizard and grabbing applicable data as I go. It is a bit of a guess and go and I decided to risk asking a dumb question.
I've got a new 500 GB dive and Win7 Pro disk on my table, waiting.
I'm currently using XP Pro, 4 partitions and using PW.
I would like to do a dual boot set up but do not know which first, install the drive and partition it (under XP) or do I install the hd and boot with the Win7 install disk and then make the required partitions after Win7 up and running? Should I use Win7 to make the partitions or PW?
If a similar thread covers this situation plse mention and you are rid of me
If not, any tips or suggestions will be most welcome.


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03 Feb 2010   #2
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Hi Lonny,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

Really you can do it either way. I usually install the drive and partition in the present OS. Then do the install. I let the install do the formating. But that's just me.

Gary
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03 Feb 2010   #3
lonny

Win7 x64
 
 

Thanks Gary for the quick response. Sounds easy enough.
If I let the Win7 install do the formatting then it will allocate "C" as a letter to the new drive and I will then add the new additional required partitions (with PW) after completion of the installation?
If I install the drive but partition under XP Pro then the new drive will have letters G, H, etc?
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03 Feb 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lonny View Post
Thanks Gary for the quick response. Sounds easy enough.
If I let the Win7 install do the formatting then it will allocate "C" as a letter to the new drive and I will then add the new additional required partitions (with PW) after completion of the installation?
If I install the drive but partition under XP Pro then the new drive will have letters G, H, etc?
The drive letters that are assigned by default do not matter. They are easy to change with Disk Management in case you don't like them.
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03 Feb 2010   #5
Barman58

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu
 
 

Whilst in XP the XP system drive will be C: and win7, if visible, will be another letter.
In win7 the win7 system drive will be C: and XP will be another.

just to add it is always a good idea to install the oldest OS in a multiboot first as this prevents potential problems
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03 Feb 2010   #6
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

The only way I know to have 7 keep the original drive letters is to install to an already created partition and to begin the install from within the previous OS. I know you can run setup from within Vista, but I'm not positive you can run it from within XP. I don't see why not though.
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03 Feb 2010   #7
TheTeZ

Windows 7 -x6
 
 

i originally partitioned for xp and 7. but every time i went back to xp, ITS FREAKIN BORING! that and with the "compatability wizard" everything works in windows 7..... only problem i run into is when a 32 bit program wont run on 64, but thats not too common.... i never use xp, and now have all my space dedicated to 7.

By the way i really like the partition editor "Gpartition" can edit, create, delete, copy, and resize partitions... it comes on just about any linux live CD
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04 Feb 2010   #8
lonny

Win7 x64
 
 

Thanks folk, all my niggles wiped out. Highly appreciate the input, I'll come back finally when done.
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