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

07 Mar 2013   #1
fireman0175

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 
reinstalled windows 7 and have three partitions, which do i need.

Reionstalled Windows 7 ultimate on my Dell Studio XPS 1640. I "clean all" the hard drive. I followed the great tutorial and have a windows 7 (c) drive, a System Reserved (E) and renamed the remaining 132 GB "main (T)".

So, my concern is, and I assume that the C drive is for the OS and everything will go onto the E drive? Do I extend the E drive into the T drive partition? The E drive seems to be growing. Should I hide or block somehow the C drive so it is only for the OS?

THanks,


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07 Mar 2013   #2
Slartybart

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

Please post the following system information using the prefered method:
Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
  • Disk Manangment
Thanks



How to post a Disk Management screen shot:
Right Click on Computer and select Manage
Click Disk Management
Maximize the window
Close the left & right panes (click the icons on either side of the help icon).
Resize the top and bottom panes to provide as much information as possible.
The top pane, showing size, freespace, and drive flags (active, boot, system,primary,logical...)
The bottom pane showing disks and partiononing.
Drag the horizontal pane bar up or down.
If you have many disks you might have to post more than one screen shot, one of just the top pane and one of just the bottom pane.

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07 Mar 2013   #3
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

The System Reserved partition and a hidden partition shouldn't have a letter. It stores boot files . So you should be installing Windows to the C drive.

Your Partitions should look something like this

information   Information

Disk 0 Partition 1 OEM (System Reserved)
Disk 0 Partition 2: RECOVERY (D: )
Disk 0 Partition 3: OS (C: )
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07 Mar 2013   #4
fireman0175

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

reinstalled windows 7 and have three partitions, which do i need.-xps-1640.png

I hope this works! :)


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07 Mar 2013   #5
fireman0175

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Vista King,
That is what I would assume. However, it didn't come out that way after the clean and install. How do I get things corrected now? I have installed all my Dell drivers and 99 Window updates...
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07 Mar 2013   #6
Slartybart

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

@fireman0175: What tutorial did you follow? Please post a link.

Did you reinstall from a OEM recovery disc? Or did you install a fresh Win7 using the ISO (USB or Optical disc)?

Vistaking is correct, the System Reserve partition is not normally assigned a drive letter. And Windows should be installed to C:\

A little background information would also help. Why did you reinstall?
What do you mean E:\ is growing? Space is being used? This is not normal.

Do NOT extend the System Reserve drive.

The disk management screen shot will help.
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07 Mar 2013   #7
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

If the E drive is empty Is delete the partition and merge it to the C: drive .

Your boot files are in the C drive and its Active meaning its booting from that drive not drive E which is your System Reserved partition . It is usually hidden and doesn't have a letter either .

Added : See if this tutorial will help. It helped many

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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08 Mar 2013   #8
fireman0175

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

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.
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12 Mar 2013   #9
Slartybart

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

Thanks fireman.

Since it is a recent re-install, I suggest that you follow the advice/suggestion of VistaKing.

You could just remove the drive letter from E: (it's only 200MB you'll lose).
That leaves C: for your OS, program files, and user files (100GB is fine). You can use T:\ for data storage

I would suggest another re-install using the Clean reinstall Factory OEM tutorial. Please follow that for the best re-install using OEM disks.
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12 Mar 2013   #10
fireman0175

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the suggestions. I tried to merge the 200mb with drive C and or drive T, but merge was grayed out in each choice. So, guess I will have to leave it alone.

As for a clean install, I did a Clean All install as clean would not work. Maybe a Clean install would work now, but everything seems to be working great now. Should I hide drive C? or leave it as is?

I do need to make a recovery disc still though.
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