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Windows 7: Win7 / XP dual boot

08 Mar 2011   #11
gregrocker

 

That model Samsung will take up to 8gb RAM.


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08 Mar 2011   #12
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

If you ever feel the need to reinstall, here's information on the best possible method.


After you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media, use Step One of this tutorial at the link below to do a wipe (secure erase) to the entire Hard Disk Drive / Solid State Drive.
  • Then if you do not want to create the new Windows 7 "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #2 to create, format and mark Active a single 100GB partition to do the installation to.
  • If you do want to create the "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #3 to create, format and mark Active the System Reserved partition and then create and format the 100GB partition to do the installation to.
Either way, running the "clean all" then creating and formatting the partition(s) using diskpart will get you the best possible space to do a clean install of Windows 7 to; you can always extend the Windows partition to include the remaining unallocated space on the HDD / SSD or create additional partitions after the installation completes if you choose.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

DISKPART : At PC Startup

Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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08 Mar 2011   #13
laptopdummy

Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

My system setup was supposed to set up a partition for that, and the software to manage the backup and restore is included, but I can't see the partition. I know it's there because the C partition and the D partition don't add up to 640 GB (the total HD space). How can I view the partition for this save/restore utility? Thanks.
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08 Mar 2011   #14
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

If you want to see Windows disk management, use this info below.


In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management.
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08 Mar 2011   #15
laptopdummy

Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Not sure how to post a screen, but let's try this: I printed the screen to the clipboard, then pasted the clipboard to a Word Doc, which I attached to this reply. Hope that works. I see the recovery drive in that view. I haven't run a system back up yet. Been dragging my heals until I have time to read more about it. Should do it soon though. Thanks for the tip.


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File Type: docx screen print.docx (151.9 KB, 10 views)
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08 Mar 2011   #16
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You can use this method as some don't have word and don't like to open attachments anyway.


How to Upload and Post a Screenshot and File in Seven Forums


Right click that Extended / Logical drive and click open to view the contents.
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08 Mar 2011   #17
gregrocker

 

Looks like D should be used for backup. I'd use Win7 built-in file and imaging backup or just save an image and drag active User folders to backup periodically to save space wasted by any backup utility - they also tend to hog resources when running.

Posting screenshots is easy when you use the Snipping Tool in Start Menu.
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