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Windows 7: Partition or Volume - Create New

12 Mar 2010   #170
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

1. It might be safe to delete this partition since it would be anyhow far too small for a data partition.
2. That SYSTEM partition you better leave alone. It may contain the master boot record.
3. I have made a how to deal with creating and deleting partitions - have a look.

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12 Mar 2010   #171

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yurhi View Post
thanks guys...

But the problem is that I just got last sunday the laptop, i havent done anything to it yet and it is a HP as you can see in the first picture. a windows explore screen shows that I have 3 primaries partitions:

1-local disk

and the second screen shows that I have 4 primaries partitions

1-local disk

all those 4 partitions already came in the laptop, cause the windows 7 was already installed.

my questions are:

1- Can I just CUT what is inside of the Hp-tools partition and COPY to the Recovery partition and then use this partition for all my files and rename the partition later on ?

2- What the heck is the SYSTEM partition, can I just delete that ?

3-Please, can you give me step by step tutorial to help me be able to create more partitions ?

Thank you very much !

You can create yourself a set of HP Windows 7 recovery disks to use to restore your computer back to a factory installation of Windows 7 instead of using the partitions. One disc will be a "Windows 7 Recovery Disc" and the other a "Applications and Drivers Disc". The link below from HP will show you how to using the HP Recovery Manager.

Using HP Backup and Recovery Manager in Vista - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

Afterwards you can delete the Recovery D: and HP_Tools E: partitions. Afterwards, you should be able to create a new partition with the unallocated space left.

warning   Warning
Be sure to create a set of Windows 7 Recovery discs before you delete these partitions. If you do not, you will have no way of reinstalling Windows 7 again.
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19 Mar 2010   #172

Win 7
shrink volume limit unavailable

The shrink volume limit is not avaialble in my system. Also mine is a 220 GB hard Disk out of which my data is 40GB. But the free space avbl is only 120 gb.

How do i partition my drive?
How do i get that extra space?
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19 Mar 2010   #173

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello itsmesir, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Could you post a screenshot of your Disk Management showing your drive layout? This will help us determine what may be happening.
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20 Mar 2010   #174

Win 7
disk management screen shots


Have attacehd the disk management screen shots. I am allowed to shrink only 203mb of the total.

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Partition or Volume - Create New-dm-ss1.jpg   Partition or Volume - Create New-dm-ss2.jpg   Partition or Volume - Create New-dm-ss3.jpg  
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20 Mar 2010   #175

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


Since the C: drive will have allocated space for items like the page file, restore points, etc..., this will limit the amount of free space available on that partition.

Disk Management is limited to what it can do, so you might try the free Partition Wizard Home Edition to see if it may allow you to shrink the C: drive more for you.

Hope this helps,
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20 Mar 2010   #176
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by itsmesir View Post

Have attacehd the disk management screen shots. I am allowed to shrink only 203mb of the total.
This is a little unusual because it normally lets you shrink about half of the space (mainly because of the MFT sitting in the middle of the partition). But in your case, there may be a problem (as Brink says) with the shadowstorage (restore points). That cannot be seen from the Disk Management shots. I suggest you go into elevated Command Prompt and run the vssadmin list shadowstorage command. Look for the number associated with allocated - if that is excessive (e.g. more than 10 to 15% of the partition space), you may want to reduce the shadowstorage size. After reduction (which would delete all your current restore points), you can try your luck again with Disk Management.

System Protection - Change Disk Space Usage
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29 Mar 2010   #177

Reason MS places the MFT where it does????

After reading through this informative thread about the cycle of steps needed to reduce the C partition I was wondering-

what is the reason Microsoft puts the Master File Table (MFT) where it does on the C partition???

If there is a good reason, is there any possible risk to moving it through successive shrinking required to get the C Partition down to a smaller size??
Thanks for your help!!
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31 Mar 2010   #178


Hi everyone, I am new here.
I use this "Quick Reply" as I can't find where should I post my problem.
I bought a brand new Acer Aspire 5740G with Window 7 Home premium installed.I want to have dual boot feature with Linux distro Mandriva 2010.
Thus , I want to use existing "Disk Management" to shrink my C drive to create an extra primary partition(G drive: Data & Linux) of 200GB . And then I will further shrink this G drive to create a 20GB unallocated partition for later Linux OS Mandriva installation, to achieve dual boot feature.
My issue is I can't get a primary partition G drive after shrinking C drive. It gives me logical drive in G drive which I worry not suitable for later Linux OS installation. Is this statement of Linux OS must use contagious primary partition, true?
Attached pls find the original disk situation(before shrinking),
Partition or Volume - Create New-disk-before-shrink.jpg

after shrinking
Partition or Volume - Create New-disk-after-shrink.jpg

and after formatted screenshots.
Partition or Volume - Create New-disk-after-formatted.jpg

Appreciate any help or advice , all are welcome.
Thank You.
Best rgds.

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31 Mar 2010   #179
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

An NT based OS would work on a logical drive because the BCD ( boot configuration data ) would be written into the root of your boot drive. I think the same is true for the Grub - but I am not 100% sure.
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