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Windows 7: two "Unallocated Space" partitions with 0MB

23 May 2011   #21
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

If you really want to control the partitions the installer adds, have a look through the info below.


Whether you use diskpart to run either the clean all command to completely wipe a HDD / SSD or just the clean command to remove the format configuration data and don't use diskpart to create at least a single partition to do the installation to, letting the Windows installer do the format you will end up with the new Windows 7 System Reserved partition, if you want to make your own decision whether this partition is added, study these two (2) options below.
  • Then if you do not want to create the new Windows 7 "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #2 to create, format and mark Active a single 100GB partition to do the installation to.
  • If you do want to create the "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #3 to create, format and mark Active the System Reserved partition and then create and format the 100GB partition to do the installation to.
Either way, running the "clean all" then creating and formatting the partition(s) using diskpart will get you the best possible space to do a clean install of Windows 7 to; you can always extend the Windows partition to include the remaining unallocated space on the HDD / SSD or create additional Primary partitions or an Extended partition after the installation completes if you choose.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

DISKPART : At PC Startup


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23 May 2011   #22
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FredeGail View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Well, if we go by Disk Management, those zero partitions are non existant.
True. Maybe we should just ignore them!
I deleted the main, then the unallocated removed totally, but when I re-created the main one, they were back.
In my previous post, When I said delete them, I meant delete every last format (because you had the windows install open, I assumed you were asking for your install). During the install of windows, If you delete all of the formats, all the partitions, all the unallocated space, it should all form unallocated space. then you select your drives and format in order to install windows. It sounds like you've already done all this, but once that is done, if windows (or rather, your drive) creates anything else, than it is needed, or as everyone else says, a phantom. I believe it is to do with your drive and not windows, but there isn't much that can be done about that.

I haven't ever seen windows create unallocated space, and don't believe it does. However, sometimes windows DOES create another partition for system files. Unallocated space, 0MB or more, is not another partition, for clarity. I would in this case blame the drive, not windows. But I wouldn't worry so much about it, especially because it is only 0MB, and, if I heard correctly, doesn't show in Computer Management
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23 May 2011   #23
FredeGail

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate: x64 (SP1)
 
 

Thanks for all your replys. I'll do a clean install tomorrow, and get a goodnight sleep

Keep commentning, they're most appreciated!

Best Regards,
FredeGail
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23 May 2011   #24
gregrocker

 

I wouldn't reinstall just because of this non-issue, it that's the case.

If not here are tips for getting a perfect reinstall based on hundreds done here: Reinstalling Windows 7
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24 May 2011   #25
FredeGail

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate: x64 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I wouldn't reinstall just because of this non-issue, it that's the case.

If not here are tips for getting a perfect reinstall based on hundreds done here: Reinstalling Windows 7
Nah, it's more like I want to go from 32-bit to 64-bit to use all my memory.
Oh and, will Windows 7 or the computer get damaged or something by Reinstalling Windows 7 several of times? I did that in the past, and I just wanted to know!
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24 May 2011   #26
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You can do as many clean installs as you like without issue.
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24 May 2011   #27
FredeGail

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate: x64 (SP1)
 
 

That's nice!
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24 May 2011   #28
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FredeGail View Post
Nah, it's more like I want to go from 32-bit to 64-bit to use all my memory.
Just to be sure, if you have 4GB memory or less, you might as well keep the 32 bit version of windows. If you have more, that is when the 64bit comes in handy, when it starts utilizing all that extra memory.
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25 May 2011   #29
FredeGail

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate: x64 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FredeGail View Post
Nah, it's more like I want to go from 32-bit to 64-bit to use all my memory.
Just to be sure, if you have 4GB memory or less, you might as well keep the 32 bit version of windows. If you have more, that is when the 64bit comes in handy, when it starts utilizing all that extra memory.
But having 4GB DDR2..
Ain't it alright to install 32-bit?

Best Regards,
FredeGail
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25 May 2011   #30
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FredeGail View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FredeGail View Post
Nah, it's more like I want to go from 32-bit to 64-bit to use all my memory.
Just to be sure, if you have 4GB memory or less, you might as well keep the 32 bit version of windows. If you have more, that is when the 64bit comes in handy, when it starts utilizing all that extra memory.
But having 4GB DDR2..
Ain't it alright to install 32-bit?

Best Regards,
FredeGail
Yes, having 4GB or less is perfect for 32 bit. More than 4GB memory and you will need 64 bit
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