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: How to create Primary and logical partitions in my new harddisk

01 Nov 2015   #11
ovy

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ovy View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
If you install Windows to unallocated space it will create System Reserved and [C] partitions, both partitions will be primary.

The System Reserved will have the boot manager and be the Active partition.
The [C] partition is where Windows will be installed, and be the Boot partition as seen in Disk Management.

If you pre-define a partition to install Windows on, it will be the Active partition having the Boot Manager, and the Windows OS.
That's my experience, with Legacy BIOS, and MBR disks.

I don't know what you are going to use [D] for, and why you want it as Primary.
I prefer Logical partitions for all except the partition that has the boot code, that partition MUST be primary.

You can use Minitool Partition Wizard (free) for better adjusting and fine-tuning the new HD partitions.
Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

Make sure you have your current HD, OS, and DATA backed up completely on a different device, before making any changes.
Use a program such as Macrium Reflect free for the creating a Backup Image of the OS partition.
Thanks DavidE. Actully I don't know why D: as primary drive, I just want to create everything just like my old hdd. Is there any benefit making two primary drive?
I don't know of any benefit to having partitions as primary rather than logical, other than the partition that has the Boot Code (boot-loader/boot manager) must be a Primary Active partition.
My GUESS is your SYSTEM RESERVED partition is a Primary partition and is the Active / System partition.
If that's true, that means your Boot Code (boot-loader/boot manager) is on the SYSTEM RESERVED partition.

Just be aware, you can only have 3 Primary partitions, and any number of Logical partitions.
OR
You can have 4 Primary partitions, and no more partitions.

If you ever do something and get prompted to convert to DYNAMIC, DON'T DO IT.

You never explained what the [D] partition is used for.

It would be best if you post a proper screen print of Disk Management, resizing to show all info as explained here:.
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
Hi DavidE, many thanks for those info. I'm a beginner, so they really helps me. I'm grateful to you.

OS and all other programs I install on C, and D,E,F is for audio video and files. And I install my games on D: so that C: drive remains free. Someone created those 4 drives when I bought my pc, that's why it feels comfortable to make my new hdd similar.

I can create my desired 4 partitions with windows 7 installation cd (at the time of installation),
but I don't know how and when to make C,D primary and E,F logical (Using new partion button or Extend partion button).

I've attached a captured photo of my old hdd below. I'd be happy to arrange my new hdd just like it. (D and F drives are faulty, that's why I've bought a new hdd)




Attached Thumbnails
How to create Primary and logical partitions in my new harddisk-disk-drives.png  
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
01 Nov 2015   #12
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

The D and F partitions are RAW, imho that's why they are "faulty".
Do you have data on these partitions you need to keep ?
If you do, we'll need to ask for help from recovery experts.
I can ask for others to help with this, I'm not a data recovery expert.
Let me know if you want me to post for other's to help better than i can.

Don't do anything to your current HD / partitions without better advice than i can give you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Nov 2015   #13
ovy

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
The D and F partitions are RAW, imho that's why they are "faulty".
Do you have data on these partitions you need to keep ?
If you do, we'll need to ask for help from recovery experts.
I can ask for others to help with this, I'm not a data recovery expert.
Let me know if you want me to post for other's to help better than i can.

Don't do anything to your current HD / partitions without better advice than i can give you.
I have backups of all my important data so I will just throw this hdd, there are thousands of bad sectors in it. Only C: drive is still working. So I've bought a new hdd few days ago and it's still in its pack. I will fresh install my OS on this new HDD. That's why I need to learn how to efficiently partition and format a new hdd to install OS. That's why I'm collecting your advice
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

01 Nov 2015   #14
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Oh, the bad sectors issue sounds like a hardware problem.
As long as you have everything backed up and are ok with doing a clean install, that's great, best approach imho.

I have multi-boot PC's so my opinion/experience is "personally biased" and may not be best for you or anyone else.
But, i do believe the fewest possible primary partitions is the best setup, be it a single or multiple OS PC.

If you want. i'll post screen print(s) of my disk management.

My TEST PC is a triple boot with all OS's on the same SSD, a single boot manager/active primary partition.
My PRIMARY PC is a multi-boot, with each OS on a different storage device, each device with it's own boot manager, and a primary/active partition.

I don't suggest or recommend following my setup, it's what i have on my old PC's that has evolved over the years.
Somehow, it works for me.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Nov 2015   #15
ovy

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I think, I understand the basics of partitioning (at last!). And now I can advice others

Thank you DavidE for your time, this should be the motto of our internet, sharing and caring.

Good Night
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Nov 2015   #16
LordSnow

Windows 10 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ovy View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LordSnow View Post
there are many software in the internet can do this. search partition freeware. I suppose it will do by choosing any of them,
In details... I will boot from a partition software and create 4 partitions on my fresh hdd (C,D,E,F, two primary and two logical). Then I will reboot my pc with windows 7 installation cd and install OS on partition C, and the 100mb system reserved partition will be created automatically. Am I correct? And thanks LordSnow for your reply.
no. in this way, windows will not create a system reserved partition. you need to select an unallocated space to install windows 10
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Nov 2015   #17
ovy

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LordSnow View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ovy View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LordSnow View Post
there are many software in the internet can do this. search partition freeware. I suppose it will do by choosing any of them,
In details... I will boot from a partition software and create 4 partitions on my fresh hdd (C,D,E,F, two primary and two logical). Then I will reboot my pc with windows 7 installation cd and install OS on partition C, and the 100mb system reserved partition will be created automatically. Am I correct? And thanks LordSnow for your reply.
no. in this way, windows will not create a system reserved partition. you need to select an unallocated space to install windows 10
Oh I didn't know that! Anyway I will use the simple way. Using windows installation cd I will create only one partition of 65GB and install OS on it, and leave the rest space unallocated. Then Windows will create its 100mb system reserved partition right? After completing everything I will boot from the hdd and use windows disk manager to create other partitions later. Though another question, do I need to format first to install windows 7 at the beginning?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Nov 2015   #18
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ovy View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LordSnow View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ovy View Post
In details... I will boot from a partition software and create 4 partitions on my fresh hdd (C,D,E,F, two primary and two logical). Then I will reboot my pc with windows 7 installation cd and install OS on partition C, and the 100mb system reserved partition will be created automatically. Am I correct? And thanks LordSnow for your reply.
no. in this way, windows will not create a system reserved partition. you need to select an unallocated space to install windows 10
Oh I didn't know that! Anyway I will use the simple way. Using windows installation cd I will create only one partition of 65GB and install OS on it, and leave the rest space unallocated. Then Windows will create its 100mb system reserved partition right? After completing everything I will boot from the hdd and use windows disk manager to create other partitions later. Though another question, do I need to format first to install windows 7 at the beginning?
No, If you install Windows into the 65GB partition you created, Windows will NOT create a System Reserved partition.
It will install the Boot Manager and Windows into the 65 GB partition, and give it the drive letter C.

If you want a System Reserved partition for the Boot Manager you MUST install Windows into unallocated space.

imho you are better off installing Windows into the 65GB partition, and not have a System Reserved partition.
That would save you one Primary partition, and it is easier to do this way.

Either way works, the choice is yours.

You do not need to format first, Windows will take care of that during the installation.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Nov 2015   #19
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

64 GB for windows is too small. I wouldn`t go any less then 150 GB.

Remember, you should be installing all your programs (games not included, but that is a matter of choice) on C for disk image purposes.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Nov 2015   #20
ovy

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Yes DavidE you were right about boot manager, I've already completed the partition and installation using the installation cd (creating one partition) before seeing your reply. Why Windows Create this System Resereved Anyway!

If my OS were installed on un-partitioned space, was it possible to create other partitions later reducing the first partitions size? Was it easier?

Below is my newly created hdd (it's my first). Is evirything OK?


Attached Thumbnails
How to create Primary and logical partitions in my new harddisk-disk-partitions-new.png  
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 How to create Primary and logical partitions in my new harddisk




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
How to remove a primary partition while keeping the logical partitions
I have build in an SSD. The original partitions on the hard drive were C: (Primary), D: (logical), EL (logical) and F: (Logical) end the SSD as H: (primary) and I: primary). Booting the system was done from C: Now as I force my computer to boot from the HDD it still boots from HDD-C: When booting...
General Discussion
How can i create Logical partition from my harddisk
My HDD have 4 Primary partition. It still i have 280GB unallocated space but i can't create partitions. I need two more partitions. When i am going to make partition it show me a message like "Disk will be converted to Dynamic". I know in win7 x64 its not possible to make more than 4 Primary...
Hardware & Devices
Benefits of GPT vs MBR Primary and MBR Logical Partitions ?
I wish to hold some programs and some data on non-system partitions with no boot requirements. What are the benefits (performance and otherwise) of using a partition :- Logical on my MBR style HDD Primary on my MBR style HDD Primary on my GPT style HDD NB I have adequate unused space on...
Performance & Maintenance
Logical Partitions to primary
Recently I make new partition using "AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro Edition 5.2" but my both new partitions goes to logical how can I make them back to primary because I wanna install windows xp on new partition but setup shows an error while installing " you have no hard drive to install the...
Installation & Setup
Understanding Logical, Primary, and Extended Partitions
This is from a blog post I am doing. The questions are at the bottom QUESTIONS AFAIK, This partitioning scheme has 3 bootable partitions (the three primaries), 1 extended and 4 logical parititions within that one extended partition. Is it true that if you use an extended...
Hardware & Devices
Changing primary partitions to logical
So, I want to have Windows 7 Home Premium 86x and 64x versions installed on my PC with dualboot. I have 86x version of Windows 7 installed already. So, for 64x version, I have to create a new partition. The problem is, I already have 4 primary partitions, so I can't create a new one (I read...
General Discussion


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 22:53.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App