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Windows 7: how to lose a partition on new HP laptop?

04 Feb 2012   #11

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thanks for the explanation! How do you like your Envys? I like mine. Only I resent that they could bother to give me a DVD and have me working for them.

The method you show is very interesting. Would I be able then to install individual progs?
See this Envy comes with Adobe's Photoshop Elements, Premiere Elements, Acrobat X. Those I'd like to keep.


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04 Feb 2012   #12

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what is the swsetup partition you are referring to?
Is it the SYSTEM partition?
NO, swsetup is a folder in the root of C:, with all the hardware drivers are in.

I am not sure, I dare make changes. I guess I could erase the recovery partition now I have burned the recovery discs. But many people advice against. I guess worst case scenario (system failure and faulty recovery disks) I could get the HP people to send me one, right?
Yes, you can.
You can Order HP Recovery Disks from here:
Compaq Mini CQ10-500 PC series*-* HP Notebook PCs - Order Recovery Discs for Windows 7, Vista, or XP - c00810334 - HP Business Support Center
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04 Feb 2012   #13


Arty, full factory recovery installs all included third party software with Windows, for instance those you mentioned. Selecting my method, only installing Windows and its drivers but no third party software, you can still install those from the C:\SWSetup folder.

Please backup SWSetup before proceeding.

Yes, I like Envys. They are powerful, fast and reliable.

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04 Feb 2012   #14
Microsoft MVP


I would not delete Recovery and also make your Recovery Disks so you have a secondary backup method.

To add new partitions, convert C to Logical using free Partition Wizard bootable CD.

You can then shrink it in Disk Mgmt to add as many sub-partitions as you wish. If you need to shrink it more than Disk Mgmt allows use PW boot CD.

I would not move Programs off the OS partition as they must be reinstalled in any case. However you can move user folders to a safe Data partition so that if Win7 becomes unbootable they will be current and intact after reimaging Win7 to C. You should back them up externally however. User Folders - Change Default Location
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04 Feb 2012   #15

Windows 7

Hi Gregrocker

thanks a lot for the feedback.

The big question now is: does partitioning a single large laptop drive makes any sense / grant any advantage?

I must admit I am a bit unsure about what to do.

Making C logical is safe?
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04 Feb 2012   #16
Microsoft MVP


Yes, making C Logical is the standard advice for over a year for HP's in our installation forum. Only the System partition must remain Primary, but you want the HP utility partitions to remain same so they function.

This is mainly user preference: the benefit of having your User folders separated out to another partition so your OS image becomes leaner. But since they need to be backed up against HD failure anyway you may find it easier to leave them on C.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Backup User and System Files or drag User account or folders to external is easiest.
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04 Feb 2012   #17

Windows 7

Thanks a bunch, Greg!

Now, can one make those operations with bootable flash drive? I don't have a cd to burn around the house and I really want this done asap
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04 Feb 2012   #18
Microsoft MVP


You can write PW to flash stick using the paid version.

You can also use the installed Home free version but it is not as safe as the boot CD which is failsafe. I'd back up a Win7 image first: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Five good quality CD's are available for $2 on the wall rack at Walgreens near the camera dept.
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