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Windows 7: Partitioning a single sata drive with Win7 on it

28 May 2009   #1
disneynut

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Partitioning a single sata drive with Win7 on it

I got a question for you maybe you can answer for me. I have a single 1terabyte sata drive with windows 7 on it. I used to have Windows xp pro on it but i upload win7, i just delete the "old windows" that win7 left me. Now i have accumulated alot of files in my documents file which i use for video purposes which take up about 530 gigs. i can't wipe my hard drive clean to install the new update rc which i recieved as a beta tester. Is there any way to partition the drive only where win7 is at leaving my 530 gigs in a seperate partition so that i can install dual os's. The two os's will be win7 rc and Xp Pro. the only reason i made the switch is because i built my new computer with 4 gigs of memory running core 7 processor but xp only sees 3 gigs. If you could help me out i would gratefully appreciate it.


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28 May 2009   #2
Orbital Shark

 
 

Hi disneynut, welcome to the forums.

You might want to look at Partition or Volume - Shrink

It'll tell you exactly what you need to know.




Jeff
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28 May 2009   #3
rive0108

Vista Ultimate x64 SP2
 
 

Yes.

I have actually uploaded a free bootable disk partitioner, and if needed, the program to burn it to disk with.
Boot into the disk, and you can format/delete/edit the partition in question.

https://www.sevenforums.com/software/...-software.html
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28 May 2009   #4
disneynut

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Yes, i have seen that and read it but can you isolated each os by its own paritition?
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28 May 2009   #5
Orbital Shark

 
 

Nice 1 rive, although Windows 7 allows you to do it all (format, resize, delete, activate + more) from within the OS with no restart needed.
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28 May 2009   #6
Orbital Shark

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by disneynut View Post
Yes, i have seen that and read it but can you isolated each os by its own paritition?
Yes you can, and specify the size of each, there are tutorials available on how to dual boot XP/Vista/Se7en on this site.
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28 May 2009   #7
rive0108

Vista Ultimate x64 SP2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by disneynut View Post
Yes, i have seen that and read it but can you isolated each os by its own paritition?
Yes, and you can create new ones if you so choose [volumes/partitions].

I actually created the bootable disk off a full Paragon partitoning software app. It is especially useful for x64 O/S's.
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28 May 2009   #8
rive0108

Vista Ultimate x64 SP2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Orbital Shark View Post
Nice 1 rive, although Windows 7 allows you to do it all (format, resize, delete, activate + more) from within the OS with no restart needed.
Ill have to check it out. I know the Vista version, has a limitation, and more often than not, will not allow the resizing that is sometimes required. This bootable disk gives full control, and is easy and free to use.
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28 May 2009   #9
rive0108

Vista Ultimate x64 SP2
 
 

Futher note- for those who need further information on partitioning, or dual booting I have created a tutorial that covers pretty much everything:

Dual Boot using free partitioning software - Vista Forums
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