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: Dual Boot : Create Partitions Using PWBD



Dual Boot : Create Partitions Using PWBD

Create a Dual Boot : Using the Free Partition Wizard Bootable Disk
Published by Bare Foot Kid
28 Aug 2010
Default Dual Boot : Create Partitions Using PWBD

How to Use the Partition Wizard Boot Disk to Create Partitions Ahead of an Existing Install So It Will be First on the Hard Disk Drive

There comes a time when all good things cease to be as useful as they once were and a Windows Operating Systems (OS) is no exception to that rule; this tutorial will show how to use the free Partition Wizard bootable CD (PWBD) to create one (or more) partitions in front of an existing Windows installation so a newer version can be installed to that space, so that at a later time, if the need arises it will be much easier to remove an older / existing OS with little or no actual interruptions to one's routine; it will also make it easier to move data from the older OS to the new one.

information   Information

Partition Wizard is a very reliable tool for your tool kit and it is a free download for home / personal use, it can be found at the link below, download the ISO file to your desktop then burn the image file to a CD, Windows 7 now has native support for ISO files.
As it was designed for use from a CD it will be best to burn it to a CD and not a DVD.

Partition Wizard Bootable CD
warning   Warning

As with anything that makes changes to the Windows structure there is always the chance for an error to occur, it would be advisable to make reliable backups to the media of your choice of any important data, i.e. pictures, music or documents, that you would not want to lose before you make any changes to your system, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Do not attempt to shrink an existing Windows OS partition to a size smaller than the space it currently, actually takes up on the Hard Disk Drive (HDD), doing so may result in the complete loss of Windows and all of its contents. The actual current size can viewed by clicking the "Computer" button in the Windows start menu before you start this process.

A big shout to my friend smarteyeball for his valued help on this project, thanks mate!
Let's get started!

In the BIOS set the boot order to boot first from the Optical Disk Drive (ODD), insert the Partition Wizard Bootable Disk (PWBD) and re-start the PC. It'll take a minute or two for it to setup with no input from the user needed.
Once the program has started you can remove the disk from the ODD.



Step One
Shrink the OS Partition

Note   Note

There is some extremely useful information in this tutorial at the link below you may care to have a look at before you start this process.

System Reserved : Create for Dual Boot


1) Right click the OS partition you want to shrink and click "Move/Resize".
click any image to enlarge
Dual Boot : Create Partitions Using PWBD-resize.jpg
2) In the dialog box that opens click and hold to drag the left slider to the size you want to shrink the OS partition and click ok.

If you are not satisfied with the size you set and want to re-do it or want to cancel the operation all-together, you can click the "Undo" button to remove the current setting before you click the "Apply, Yes" buttons but not after, once the operation has started it is too late go back.
Dual Boot : Create Partitions Using PWBD-sizeslider.jpg
3) In the left pane "Operations Pending" column click Apply then Yes to the 'apply changes' conformation dialog box.
Dual Boot : Create Partitions Using PWBD-shrinkapplyyes.jpg
4) You will get a progress graph, when it finishes click ok to the successful box.
This could take quite a bit of time depending how big the Operating System and the amount of personal data including the installed programs/apps there are, just be patient and let it complete.
Dual Boot : Create Partitions Using PWBD-progress.jpg
5) It is absolutely necessary to boot back into Windows after this step has completed so that Windows can absorb these changes to the system volume.
Remove the PWBD from the ODD and at the upper left corner at "General" click "Exit" to end the Partition Wizard program and restart Windows.

Note to XP users: Windows XP will "Discover new Devices" as soon as it starts up and will demand a restart to complete the process, it would be wise to oblige it!

It would be a good idea to do several restarts and use the PC a little to make sure everything is ok before you continue on to the next step.
Dual Boot : Create Partitions Using PWBD-exit1.jpg



Step Two
Create the New Partition

Now that you have restarted the PC several times and you are sure everything is ok and you have made backups of anything important; put the PWBD back into the ODD and restart the PC.

There are 2 quick, small steps to do here and they can be done at the same time so read through this section first to get an idea of how to go about it before you start; remember you can always click the "Undo" button to start over before you click the final "Apply, Yes" to create the partition.

1) Right click the new space created in the previous Step One and click "Create".
Dual Boot : Create Partitions Using PWBD-create.jpg
2) There's no need to add a "Label" to it yet since that has to be done again in the next step, make sure it's a "Primary" and that "None" is selected for "Drive Letter" and click ok.
Dual Boot : Create Partitions Using PWBD-create2.jpg
3) Now right click the new partition and click "Format".
Dual Boot : Create Partitions Using PWBD-format.jpg
4) In the dialog box that opens give the new partition a name at "Partition Label" so it is easily identifiable during the Windows 7 installation (it can be anything you like) make sure the "File System" is still "NTFS" and click ok.
Dual Boot : Create Partitions Using PWBD-format2.jpg
5) When it is as you like, in the left pane "Operations Pending" column click Apply then Yes to the 'apply changes' conformation dialog box then OK for the final 'successful' box.
Dual Boot : Create Partitions Using PWBD-createapplyyes.jpg
6) It is just as necessary to restart Windows after these steps as it previously was, to let the OS accept these changes to the system volume.
Remove the PWBD from the ODD and at "General" click "Exit" to close the PW program and restart Windows.

Note to Vista users: This is where Vista "Detects" the new partition but does not really demand a restart as XP does, though it would be a good idea to do several restarts and use the PC a little before you install Windows 7 to make sure everything is ok.
Dual Boot : Create Partitions Using PWBD-exit2.jpg
That's it, you are finished with the Partition Wizard program and you can now install Windows 7 to the new partition you just created; you can view this excellent tutorial, at the link below to see the best method to install Windows.

How to Do a Clean Installation with Windows 7

As a suggestion, the "Move To" option in this tutorial can be used to great effect to move personal data i.e. documents, photos and music to the new Windows 7, though it will not move any installed programs/apps to the new location.



Final Step
Removing Vista / XP

Once you have made backups and moved all the important data you need to save from the old Windows and you want to remove the older OS completely, it's not all that complicated a process.

You will need to mark the new Windows 7 partition as "Active" so that the repair procedure will know where you want the new system volume, (the partition the boot files that are needed to start Windows are stored on), then you will need to run 3 separate startup repairs with a system restart between each repair so that Windows will create the new boot files to the new "Active" location.

It would be best to do a partition specific wipe to the old Windows partition before that space is recovered into the new Windows installation, Option Three here, so all the old Windows code is over-written / removed first.

View these tutorials below that explain the process in greater detail and if assistance is needed post a question in this same tutorial and we will assist you.

How to Run a Startup Repair in Windows 7

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times to Repair Boot Issues

Delete and Extend a Partition with Disk Management
Dual Boot : Create Partitions Using PWBD-markactiveinw7.jpg
Enjoy!
Published by
05 Sep 2010   #1
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Another great tutorial, Barefoot.

How about one for the more frequent need to delete XP/Vista on first partition and resize into Windows 7? Can you add that next to this tute?

Just askin.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Sep 2010   #2
Joan Archer

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 8.1 64bit
 
 

Another great set of instructions Ted and Greg those are the steps I'll be needing for my operation.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Sep 2010   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Thanks Greg and Joan.



Joan until I have time to put one together the process is covered in this tutorial at the link below under Option Two, it's just labeled "Delete the 100MB System Reserved Boot Partition" but the process is exactly the same to delete and recover the space from any partition that is in the first position on a HDD.

I would do a partition specific wipe of the partition first to over-write the contents of the partition and get the best possible space to recover Windows 7 into, that is covered in Option Three of the same tutorial.


Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
information   Information

I have now completed the new tutorial previously mentioned.

Partition : Recover Space Used by an Older OS

My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


05 Sep 2010   #4
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Joan Archer View Post
Another great set of instructions Ted and Greg those are the steps I'll be needing for my operation.

Joan,
I didn't know you needed surgery!
Can I do the surgery?


Great job Ted on this tutorial. I might even rep you for the right price!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Sep 2010   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Thanks Dennis!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Sep 2010   #6
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Nice one, BFK.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Sep 2010   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Thank you Ray!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Sep 2010   #8
SSyar

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

i have only one drive of 300GB
with this tool i can have two drives of my choice of space ???
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Sep 2010   #9
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello SSyar, welcome to Seven Forums!





If you are referring to a second partition on the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) then yes you can.
Have a look at these tutorials also for some other ideas..


Partition : Recover Space Used by an Older OS

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Comment

 Dual Boot : Create Partitions Using PWBD




Tutorial Tools



Similar help and support threads for2: Dual Boot : Create Partitions Using PWBD
Windows 7 Tutorial Category
Need to dual boot Win 7 and 8 but HDD already has 4 primary partitions Installation & Setup
Solved My Win 7 Disk has 4 partitions, (2Drive letters) want to dual boot General Discussion
Dual boot on SSD partitions? Installation & Setup
Solved Windows 7 - Dual partitions during boot Installation & Setup
Dual Boot - XP Install Not Showing All Windows 7 Partitions Installation & Setup
partitions for dual boot Windows 7 and linux Installation & Setup
how to hide dual boot partitions in explorer? 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 08:56 AM.
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App
  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33