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Windows 7: Intall then partition with a new SSD?

11 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)
Intall then partition with a new SSD?

Hi there is some great advice and tutorials here that people have given -

I am switching from a traditional HDD to a SSD. Slight issue is that I dual boot with a shared partition...

So, my question....

Am I correct in assuming that once I have prepared the SSD by following this excellent tutorial - I need to firstly install windows - then - do the partitioning?


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11 Nov 2010   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

When you do a custom install, you will be able to setup the partitions the way you like..
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11 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)

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11 Nov 2010   #4


Use the installer Drive Options to create New partition(s) as you wish, then format before installing Win7 to first partition.
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This will assure you receive the 100mb System Reserved partition which is optimal for Dual Booting windows.

however if you are dual booting Linux you may want to use the tutorial partitioning steps and create your second partition later in Disk Mgmt or using Linux CD.

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20 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)

Thanks for your helpful reply - i did read however that you should NOT create the 100mb partiton:

The below quote comes from here

"If you don't do "Step Two" below you will get the dreaded 100MB boot partition even if you use the "Drive Options" during the install to create and format a partition to install to."

Thanks! Just want to make sure!
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20 Nov 2010   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello again.

There is better info now that the new Windows 7 "System Reserved" partition is more help than hindrance and can be very useful; I now suggest that people do create the partition but at 200MB instead of the default 100MB as it affords more space for what it's intended for; do the "clean all" then use the info in Step Two #3 to create a 200MB SysResv partition if you choose to do so.
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20 Nov 2010   #7

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)

wow thanks for your swift reply and help!!!

Just to confirm - would you still suggest the above for a dual boot? thanks
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20 Nov 2010   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

I would especially suggest it for a dual/multi boot, that's one of the great uses of the SysResv partition, it consolidates all the boot info in a single place so the different OSs can be removed at will and the other OS(s) will still boot; create it at 200MB would be best.
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