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Windows 7: Trying to create partitions (with screen shot)

18 Jun 2009   #11


Damnit....didn't consider that...sorry dude...I'm on 32 bit. Well....than if you dont mind losing files, you can put the disc in and delete the C drive. But that means you Seven and all your files are GONE (unless you backup to a flash drive) Then you can make partitions with the 7 disc, and it also works well too. I had to fix errors on my disc, so after that I had no OS, so I created my 4 partitions with the seven disc.

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18 Jun 2009   #12

Windows 7

I recently installed it so I don't mind losing files, but so I lose them only once, can I just run this through with you?

1. I keep "Disk 0 Partition 1" (100 MB) there the entire time.
2. Delete "Disk 0 Partition 2" (465 GB)
3. Theoretically, the "New" button will no longer be grayed out so I click it.

So it will ask me how many GBs I want the C drive to be?
If I put in 75 GB, it will give me the option again and I can click "New" again?
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18 Jun 2009   #13


Yes...all correct. It will warn you about deleting C drive. The only thing you have wrong is it doesn't ask in wants MBs. so if you want a 100GB part., you have to enter 102,400MBs. (100 x 1,024. But yes,leave the 100mb reserve, delete C, then click 'new" and enter size in mbs, repeat, till all space is used. Let me know how it goes.....
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18 Jun 2009   #14

Windows 7

Thanks for all your help.
I'll keep you posted.
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18 Jun 2009   #15


Actually 29a, if your wiping the whole drive anyway, you CAn delete the 100Mb partition. Unless you are installing windows 7 again, that 100mb part. will mess you up.
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18 Jun 2009   #16

Windows 7

Hey, I reinstalled Windows 7 again and everything worked as planned. I now have 3 volumes (C:, D:, and E). I left the 100 MB partition since I missed the message before I started, but I don't see it in explorer so ignorance is bliss.

Very much obliged for the help.

One thing I noticed was a folder called "$WINDOWS.~BT" in the new E: drive. Is it anything or can I just delete it?
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18 Jun 2009   #17


Awesome, good job. Yea, now that you have 7 back, you'll want to keep that 100mb part. because that is your systems boot files, etc. That WINDOWS. BT is something to do with bluetooth, I have no idea how it even got there. I've done it a million times and never saw it. So ditch it. Ok, prob with the help and FYI, if you're considering Dual booting, you should install oldest to newest OS. If you want to dual boot, PM me.
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18 Jun 2009   #18

Windows 7

Appreciate it. Thanks again dude.
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18 Jun 2009   #19

Windows 7 32-bit; no 64 coz its a P4 478

Well, looks like your case is solved..... BTW, if you want to dual boot install oldest OS first then the newest OS..
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18 Jun 2009   #20

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate Build 7268.0.090701-1900

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 29a View Post

I'm trying to partition my 500 GB hard drive into 3 drives total. Right now, there is only a C Drive, but I want to divide that.

When I go into the Windows 7 installation, this is what I see:

Extend and new are grayed out, and even in disk management, there is no unallocated space.

Can somebody please guide me into partitioning this hard drive. I've searched and the only answers I find are for dual boot setups. Partition Magic is not supported by Vista (.: 7 as well).

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Ok, this might go against some other's that have made suggestions, but here's what I recommend:

First, let's not use any third party software, mostly because they have little support in case you run into problems with them using W7. Seven comes with it's own partitioning software, that I see you've found :)

Using that softare, try to avoid partitioning at all while an OS is installed. This causes you to run into many problems later (like the in-ability to shrink in some cases, and the possibility of failing, and bricking your drive).

Boot from your Win7 disc, and completely wipe the drive. setup your partitions the way you'd like them forever, as re-partitioning any drive multiple times will severely degrade the life of the drive; especially if your doing it on a drive while trying to keep the data on it.

WIPE the drive, setup the partitions in the fashion you like, trying to keep a minimum of 30-50GB for your Win7 install. Make sure you start from scratch here, by deleting all existing partitions, and setting up your own in denominations of MB. (30,000-50,000 MB for your W7)

From here, you shouldn't have any problems, as long as your observe the best practices outlined above.

If you find yourself needing to change the partitions while Win7 is loaded, you can click Start -> type "Partition" and click the partition editor that pops up. anything that the partitioner doesen't recommend, dont try to do.

Let us know if you have any trouble.

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