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Windows 7: Win 7/HDD setup- separate partition for data?

11 Jul 2011   #21
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

As it is so easy to do, with no risks.

If you transfer from a dirty PC to clean PC that is a risk.
But transfer from a clean PC to clean PC that is no risk.

I always use the External hard drive method.


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11 Jul 2011   #22
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Coldengrey,
How are you doing? How can we help you? Did we provide enough confusion? Looking forward to hearing from you.
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11 Jul 2011   #23
coldengrey

Windows Vista 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
if, before running the Win 7 install, you partition you drive as needed for you, as example 60 GB for system and apps, and ALL OF THE REST for your data, than the Win 7 install is not going to create that useless 100 MB partition. The "recovery" there is nothing more than the System Repair Disc has on it.

I do recommend for all cases, after installing Win7, to make a System Repair Disc. There are disasters which can result in you not being able to boot from your hard disk. That System Repair Disc will save your bacon (and allow you to repair your system).

DISC - CREATE A SYSTEM REPAIR DISC
START | type System Repair | Enter key | Create Disc button
Might be stupid question, I've always just had windows installed on OEM machines..
-How would I partition the hdd Before windows install (to avoid useless 100mb partition)?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks
The "recovery" there is nothing more than the System Repair Disc has on it.
-What is this referring to? Is the 100mb partition for recovery?
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11 Jul 2011   #24
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

the 100MB partition is where the boot files are. Normally the recovery partition is to reinstall the OS since they don't usually provide OS disks. If you have another installation disk of the same type you don't need the recovery partition. If you format the partition first, windows will not create the 100MB partition. It will put the boot files on the OS partition.
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11 Jul 2011   #25
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
Might be stupid question, I've always just had windows installed on OEM machines..
-How would I partition the hdd Before windows install (to avoid useless 100mb partition)?
The 100MB partition is not useless. It can be very handy in some cases - e.g. double boots. But if you want to get rid of it in an OEM installation, you have to deactivate the 100MB partition and activate the C partition (best with the bootable CD of Partition Wizard). The you repair the bootmgr on C.

I personally think it is not worth the hassle, but to everybody his own.
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11 Jul 2011   #26
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

If you're adamant you want to dispense with the 100MB partition, there is a workaround if you carry out a clean install of Windows.

When you create your Windows partition you'll be reminded that it may be necessary to create another partition for the boot files.

Let Windows do that then delete the partition you created leaving you with the 100MB active partition that holds the boot information, then extend the boot partition to the size you want.

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11 Jul 2011   #27
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

If he is doing a clean install, wouldn't it be simpler to just format the partition he puts windows on, that way the 100MB partition will be on the C partition.
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11 Jul 2011   #28
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
If he is doing a clean install, wouldn't it be simpler to just format the partition he puts windows on, that way the 100MB partition will be on the C partition.
Well, unless I'm missing something, every time I've carried out a clean install, Windows has always gone ahead and created the 100MB boot partition and the operating system partition.

Using the method I mentioned gives me four decent-sized primary partitions as wasting a perfectly good partition for the sake of a few boot files seemed rather counter-productive.
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11 Jul 2011   #29
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

If you format the partition first, windows won't create the 100MB. At least it never has for me.Read this tut. It shows both ways.
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11 Jul 2011   #30
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
If you format the partition first, windows won't create the 100MB. At least it never has for me.Read this tut. It shows both ways.
That's where the confusion arises, the tutorial shows correctly how it's done using diskpart, so you're absolutely right.

What I should have said and didn't, was that I was using the clean install method whereby you're booting from your Windows DVD, and not using diskpart.

Sorry for the confusion, I think I'll take my sleeping pills and lay down in a darkened room.
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