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Windows 7: reinstalled windows 7 and have three partitions, which do i need.

12 Mar 2013   #11

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireman0175 View Post
I did the reinstall because of problems I had like bluetooth didn't work with devices and printers page, it couldn't find anything I had. I was also unable to recover to an earlier date. My Dell Datasafe 2.0 was corrupt.

I used these procedures to prepare the computer:

Partition or Volume - Create New
Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

I mean it grows as my files seem to be going into that portion of the drive.

I guess I need to remove that partition. I just want to ensure my files I am creating are going into the correct place so I don't have conflicts later.

I installed using the OEM disk Dell sent me via the optical drive.
If you had used the clean or clean all command, you would have a System Reserved Partition of 100mb with NO drive letter, hidden & active.

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12 Mar 2013   #12
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

What on earth are you guys trying to do. This disk configuration is perfectly right and should not be messsed with. Especially DO NOT touch the E partition. That is your boot partition which contains the bootmgr and will NEVER change (unless you do a double boot one day). If you continue to muck around with it, your system will become unbootable.

Put your user data into the T partition and you can merrily sail along.
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12 Mar 2013   #13

windows 7 ultimate x64

Thanks WHS. Yep, my computer had stuff in that partition and now the bluetooth is gone, the computer doesn't see the network, no network printers found, etc that I have not found yet. I guess I will have to reinstall it all again...

Theog, I did do that, but it or some step reference that I need to name the cleaned drive into new partitions.
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13 Mar 2013   #14

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

If you decide to re-install, use Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 as your guide. Don't try to piecemeal it from various tutorials.

Members have posted good suggestions, but it's difficult to see where things stand. A clean install will unravel all of the uncertainties on both sides of the monitor.

Both VistaKing (except merge E:\) and WHS are correct. I was concerned that E:\ was being used as a storage drive; based on your post saying that it was growning.

Now that you've posted other things are not working, I believe that your machine is in an unstable state. The easiest thing for you (and us) is to re-install following the tutorial above. Since you recently re-installed, this should not present a great difficulty for you (time yes, difficulty no).

Pay attention and follow the steps carefully - your reward will be a very clean and stable system.

You will lose the ability to run OEM recovery or OEM diagnostics using an F key or from Bios (but you have the disk and they will run from that). The only way to avoid that is to use the OEM install - Factory Image Restore option. This puts all of the OEM software in the proper place per the OEM mfgr.
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13 Mar 2013   #15

windows 7 ultimate x64

Thanks all,

I did another complete reinstall. I let Windows set the drive. I extended the remaining balance so I have
the following: Things are working smooth.

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13 Mar 2013   #16
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Looks great. Now leave it that way.
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13 Mar 2013   #17

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

Looking good Fireman.

Please mark this thread as solved at your convenience.

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 reinstalled windows 7 and have three partitions, which do i need.

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