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Windows 7: My whole drive is the partition?

02 Nov 2017   #1
user94858038

Windows 7 x64
 
 
My whole drive is the partition?

I put a new SSD in my laptop, fresh install to get dem speedz goin yknow.

But while the install I accidentally made the entire drive the partition.. so Windows and everything else is installed in the partition.

I know I can make a partition now but how will I get the Windows files to sit there? Or should I just reformat and reinstall again and get it right this time?

Thanks guys!


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02 Nov 2017   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

You can shrink c assuming there is room and create a new parition without loosing data with either disk management or 3rd party software which is often simpler to use
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03 Nov 2017   #3
user94858038

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Any more info/directions on this?

Here's a screenshot of my drive in disk management:

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03 Nov 2017   #4
RoasterMen

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-BIT
 
 

Right click on a partition > Shrink. Windows will automatically set a value that is available for shrinking. Don't set values higher than what can be shrinked on the space left. Then set a new drive name for it.
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03 Nov 2017   #5
user94858038

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Ok so I can split it in two, but I'm still not creating a partition just for windows files. What's the point of doing this? Shouldn't I have a 20GB or so partition for Windows and then use the rest?

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03 Nov 2017   #6
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by user94858038 View Post
I put a new SSD in my laptop, fresh install to get dem speedz goin yknow.

But while the install I accidentally made the entire drive the partition.. so Windows and everything else is installed in the partition.

I know I can make a partition now but how will I get the Windows files to sit there? Or should I just reformat and reinstall again and get it right this time?

Thanks guys!
There's nothing wrong with having one partition for the entire drive. Most computers are set up that way. If you have one partition for the entire drive, then all of the free space on the drive is always available for Windows, for your files, for everything.

If you put two partitions on the one drive, then you are locking the amount of space that each partition has available to it. That means if there is free space in the Windows partition, the data partition can't use it, because the sizes are locked.

Some people prefer to have two partitions, because it makes backups a lot easier. That's how I have things set up in my computer. (Actually, I have two separate hard drives rather than two partitions on one drive.)
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