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Windows 7: Partition??

23 Dec 2010   #1
jack1953

Windows 7
 
 
Partition??

I just bought a used Samsung netbook. It has Windows 7 Starter. It is 120G HD but is partitioned. Are these partitioned by design? Is there a way to 'unpartition it'???
Thanks,
Jack


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23 Dec 2010   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Suggest you post a snip of your Disk Management. Then we can advise you.
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23 Dec 2010   #3
Ageeb

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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23 Dec 2010   #4
ryo

 
 

usually if you buy a netbook or notebook.. that's should be write on specification about the OS..you buy it include the OS or non OS, if include the OS if you see at device manager and disk management you will see that's the partition for storing your original OS.
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23 Dec 2010   #5
jack1953

Windows 7
 
 

Here is the shot of disk management. Let me know what my next move is!


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23 Dec 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would not change a thing.

1. the first partition is your recovery partition that contains the backup of the OS in case you have to reinstall
2. the second little partition is your boot partition
3. the 3d partition is the operating system
4. the 4th partition is available for data

Note that you cannot create any more partitions at this time (without getting into deep trouble called dynamics) because you already have 4 primaries - which is the maximum. If you plan to create another partition, come back and we will tell you the steps on how to create another partition safely.
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23 Dec 2010   #7
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I would not change a thing.

1. the first partition is your recovery partition that contains the backup of the OS in case you have to reinstall
2. the second little partition is your boot partition
3. the 3d partition is the operating system
4. the 4th partition is available for data

Note that you cannot create any more partitions at this time (without getting into deep trouble called dynamics) because you already have 4 primaries - which is the maximum. If you plan to create another partition, come back and we will tell you the steps on how to create another partition safely.
WHS -- Isn't the Recovery Partition empty?
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23 Dec 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I would not change a thing.

1. the first partition is your recovery partition that contains the backup of the OS in case you have to reinstall
2. the second little partition is your boot partition
3. the 3d partition is the operating system
4. the 4th partition is available for data

Note that you cannot create any more partitions at this time (without getting into deep trouble called dynamics) because you already have 4 primaries - which is the maximum. If you plan to create another partition, come back and we will tell you the steps on how to create another partition safely.
WHS -- Isn't the Recovery Partition empty?
No, it contains an image of your whole system as it came out of the box. Once you burnt the recovery DVDs from it, you could delete it. But I do not recommend that without further safety measures like e.g. images. You never know whether the DVDs you burnt will work.
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23 Dec 2010   #9
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jack1953 View Post
I just bought a used Samsung netbook. It has Windows 7 Starter. It is 120G HD but is partitioned. Are these partitioned by design? Is there a way to 'unpartition it'???
Thanks,
Jack
When you start installing things, put your programs on C: and your Data on D:. An example would be MS Office on your C: drive and put the letters that you type in Office on your D: drive. It makes things tidy and if you ever have to reinstall Windows, you will have all of your documents on D: drive and will not have to back them up.
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23 Dec 2010   #10
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post

No, it contains an image of your whole system as it came out of the box. Once you burnt the recovery DVDs from it, you could delete it. But I do not recommend that without further safety measures like e.g. images. You never know whether the DVDs you burnt will work.

The reason I said that is that it shows the capacity as all free.
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