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Windows 7: Partitioning a hard drive in Windows 7

02 Nov 2010   #11
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pare View Post
Hi guys and thanks for the reply!
The partition wizard part sounds complicated and frightened.
I might take Brink's advice and extend the D:drive into all of the unallocated space,
and leave the C:drive as is.
About the disk 1 and disk 2 partition setting inactive in order to only have disk 0 active, I will have to tell you that I don't have Windows-managed dual or multi booting but I have Bios-managed dual or multi booting.
Will I still have to set disk 1 and disk 2 inactive?


Yes, you need to do that, it's not that difficult and it may make your life easier if ever you have boot issues later.

Just open an elevated command window to do it like the link at Option Two #2 shows.

You can keep the tutorial snip on the screen and place your command window so you can see both at the same time just like I did in this snip below.

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Partitioning a hard drive in Windows 7-tut.jpg





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02 Nov 2010   #12
pare

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Just curious, how did they become active?
How come my C:drive on disk 0 is not set to active.
As a matter of fact disk 2 has no operating system on it.
Will I be able to put stuff (ex: music, pictures) on it?
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03 Nov 2010   #13
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

If you'll look, the System Reserved partition on C: is the active partition and needs to remain so because that's where the boot files are stored for the system.
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07 Nov 2010   #14
pare

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Hi Guys,
I did set the partitions on disk 1 and 2 inactive and it went well. Now I have a question on changing the default location of the user folders. If I change the main user profile folder from my C: partition to my D: partition do I still have to change the user folders like my music folder, pictures folder etc. from the C: to the D: partition? Is it better to extend my D: partition into the rest of the unallocated space before doing this relocation of the folders? If I want to create a system image can I put it on the D: partition? Those are 3 questions. I know I can put it on one of the other disks but I am not sure if the one who has XP on it is a 64 bit.
Thanks again guys.
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07 Nov 2010   #15
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pare View Post
Hi Guys,
I did set the partitions on disk 1 and 2 inactive and it went well. Now I have a question on changing the default location of the user folders.

If I change the main user profile folder from my C: partition to my D: partition do I still have to change the user folders like my music folder, pictures folder etc. from the C: to the D: partition?
NO
Is it better to extend my D: partition into the rest of the unallocated space before doing this relocation of the folders?
YES

If I want to create a system image can I put it on the D: partition?
NO
Those are 3 questions. I know I can put it on one of the other disks but I am not sure if the one who has XP on it is a 64 bit.
DISKS ARE NOT 32/64 BIT. MAKE SURE THEY ARE NTFS FORMATTED.

Thanks again guys.
Glad to help.
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08 Nov 2010   #16
pare

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

Hello Guys,
The partitions on disk 1 and 2 both with XP that I have set to inactive now does not want to boot any more and my husband is mad at me (it is his Computer) Was this supossed to have happened?
Is there any other way?

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08 Nov 2010   #17
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Pare,
You need an active partition.

Make C active (assuming that C is youe Win 7 Drive).

How to do that.

Boot from your System Repair Disc.

Go to a command prompt.
You must see X: if you did this step correctly.

Enter following:
DISKPART
type following commands for DiskPart
Select Disk 0
Select Partition 1
Active
Exit
Exit


COMMAND PROMPT - GO TO A COMMAND PROMPT USING A SYSTEM REPAIR DISC

1) Insert System Repair Disc into optical reader.
2) Shutdown your computer.
3) Boot up your computer from the System Repair Disc
If your computer doesn’t boot from the optical drive, then
Immediately after pushing your Power ON button, start tapping the F2 key to get to the BIOS to change the boot order.OR
Immediately after pushing your Power ON button, start tapping the F12 key and choose CD/DVD to change the boot order only for this time.
4) Wait while a mini-version of Windows is loaded and finally the System Recovery Options dialog appears.
5) SYSTEM RECOVERY OPTIONS dialog |
Select a keyboard input method |
NEXT button
6) SYSTEM RECOVERY OPTIONS dialog
will search your system for installed versions of Windows.
7) SYSTEM RECOVERY OPTIONS dialog |
select the Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows radio button |
NEXT button
8) SYSTEM RECOVERY OPTIONS |
Choose a recovery tool |
9) Click on command prompt from the list shown

Run any desired commands and type EXIT when finished.
Remove the System Repair Disc.
Shutdown your computer.
Power on your computer.
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08 Nov 2010   #18
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Pare,
Just noticed that you have one of those system reserved partitions.

Hold off a second.

Question for you-- If the system won't boot then how did you get the snapshot of DiskManagement output?

Things aren't matching up.
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08 Nov 2010   #19
gregrocker

 

Since you said that you have another OS on DISK1 which you are wisely booting via BIOS, you should not have been told to mark that partition Inactive. Try marking it Active again to see if it will boot on its own via BIOS.

Leave DISK0 alone. SysReserved should remain Active without a letter.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pare View Post
As a matter of fact disk 2 has no operating system on it.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pare View Post
Hello Guys,
The partitions on disk 1 and 2 both with XP that I have set to inactive now does not want to boot
Are you saying now that you have XP on both DISK1 and DISK2, booted via BIOS? In that case both should be marked Active. If they fail to boot, I will give you repair commands.
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08 Nov 2010   #20
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Greg,
I think she wants to boot into Win 7 which as I understand is on Disk 0.

She may have to set the bios to boot from Disk 0 and do the startup repair routine.

What do you think?
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