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Windows 7: How To Split Hard drive

14 Feb 2018   #1
david622

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
How To Split Hard drive

I have a Gateway All In One computer running windows 7 64bt with a 2TB hd, my question is: how can I split my hd into two different partition without messing up my “Factory Recovery Partition”?
Thanks In Advance!


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14 Feb 2018   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Welcome to the forum. It's simple to do but ideally first post a screenshot from disk management so we can see what you have
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14 Feb 2018   #3
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
Welcome to the forum. It's simple to do but ideally first post a screenshot from disk management so we can see what you have


Open Disk management (C:\Windows\System32\diskmgmt.msc) and Expand the columns so we can read them. With the sniping tool (%windir%\system32\SnippingTool.exe) take a snapshot of the whole window and save it to your HDD. Use the paper clip (on the Quick Reply top menu) to browse to the file and upload.
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14 Feb 2018   #4
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Also, before you make any changes to the drive, make sure to back it up!
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14 Feb 2018   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

Use this tutorial by Golden, so these members can have a look.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Help Forums

Jack
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14 Feb 2018   #6
david622

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

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14 Feb 2018   #7
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

First, your backup drive should NOT be inside your computer. Having it there subjects it to the same dangers as the other drives, such as malware, user error, power surges blowing through the PSU and frying everything, theft, etc. I suggest removing it and placing it in an external enclosure, then keep it powered down and disconnected from the computer except when updating the backup.
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14 Feb 2018   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
First, your backup drive should NOT be inside your computer. Having it there subjects it to the same dangers as the other drives, such as malware, user error, power surges blowing through the PSU and frying everything, theft, etc. I suggest removing it and placing it in an external enclosure, then keep it powered down and disconnected from the computer except when updating the backup.
Totally agree.
I have had a power supply blow up and destroy everything in the computer.
Of course it didn't hurt anything that was not hooked to the computer.
If something is worth backing up, it's worth protecting.

Jack
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15 Feb 2018   #9
david622

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Thanks Jack, I removed my Windows Backup F External drive from my computer, no I don't want to lose that.
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15 Feb 2018   #10
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Back to the OP subject (how can I split my hd into two different partition):
- Backup your data.
- On disk management, click on C:, to select the partition, right click - Shrink volume - select size.
- It will end with an unallocated space at the end of the disk. Right click on it and select New Simple Volume. Assign a letter to it, format as you desire and give it a name.
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