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Windows 7: Restoring with an external hard drive.

23 Feb 2011   #11
Bonto

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Currently cleaning my primary 1TB HD with command prompt. Going to create a partition and install Windows.


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23 Feb 2011   #12
gregrocker

 

Clean All (one set of zeroes) is about an hour per 300gb.

Be sure to unplug your external HD.

Best to create a smaller partition to install Win7 onto to avoid install problems. Use Custom install>Drive Options to create New and Format so it creates the 100mb System Reserved boot partition which conveniently places the Repair console (normally on Repair CD or DVD) on the F8 Advanced Boot Tools menu.
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23 Feb 2011   #13
Bonto

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Clean All (one set of zeroes) is about an hour per 300gb.

Best to create a smaller partition to install Win7 onto to avoid install problems. Use Custom install>Drive Options to create New and Format so it creates the 100mb System Reserved boot partition which conveniently places the Repair console (normally on Repair CD or DVD) on the F8 Advanced Boot Tools menu.
I assume I'll be waiting a good amount of time until my HD is done cleaning. To get this strait, I should use the partition wizard to create the 100MB partition and the main partition?
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23 Feb 2011   #14
gregrocker

 

No, boot the Win7 DVD, choose Custom install, then use Drive Options to create your partition(s), format before installing Win7 to first partition. Ignore the 100mb SysReserved partition the installer creates.

It is all shown with pictures here: Clean Install Windows 7
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23 Feb 2011   #15
Bonto

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
No, boot the Win7 DVD, choose Custom install, then use Drive Options to create your partition(s), format before installing Win7 to first partition. Ignore the 100mb SysReserved partition the installer creates.

It is all shown with pictures here: Clean Install Windows 7
Alright, done cleaning my HD. On the install screen and am wondering if there is a certain sized partition you would recommended I make for the install. Sorry to bother you again. You've been great help.
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23 Feb 2011   #16
gregrocker

 

Depends on how many programs you have and whether you want to store most files in User folders. I'd say 100gb to start, but go bigger if you want.
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23 Feb 2011   #17
Bonto

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Depends on how many programs you have and whether you want to store most files in User folders. I'd say 100gb to start, but go bigger if you want.
Figured as such. Is there an advantage to not partitioning the entire drive? (excluding the 100 MB partition) In other terms, would not partitioning the entire drive help avoid the crash I had today because it all wouldn't become corrupted?
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24 Feb 2011   #18
gregrocker

 

The only reported problems are when a 1tb Drive is not partitioned smaller.

We never got requested details of your crash earlier today so can't say what caused it.
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24 Feb 2011   #19
Bonto

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Once again thank you for your help. Installing Windows now.
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24 Feb 2011   #20
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Bonto.



You can always extend the Windows partition to include the remaining unallocated space on the Hard Disk Drive or create additional partitions after the installation completes if you choose.

If you need additional partitions, use Windows disk management to create the 3rd Primary partition and the fourth partition Windows will create is an Extended partition that can be used to create as many Logical drives (within the Extended) as there are available drive letters, if you need more info on Extended partition / Logical drives, post back and we'll help you out.
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