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Windows 7: Windows exclusive partition

12 Mar 2011   #1
shellman

Windows 7 Home Edition 64 bits
 
 
Windows exclusive partition

I want Windows 7 ultimate 64 bits to be on it's exclusive partition.

I'm thinkig about Unistalling all software and then installing again on a diferent partition.

Ok that's easy to figure out but will I be albe to redimension a partition that has files on it to be bigger while Windows partition to be smaller?
I want to have only the needed space for windows and no to touch it for anything but windows updates.

Thanks for your time.


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12 Mar 2011   #2
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shellman View Post
I want Windows 7 ultimate 64 bits to be on it's exclusive partition.

I'm thinkig about Unistalling all software and then installing again on a diferent partition.

Ok that's easy to figure out but will I be albe to redimension a partition that has files on it to be bigger while Windows partition to be smaller?
I want to have only the needed space for windows and no to touch it for anything but windows updates.

Thanks for your time.
Most of the people here put their Windows and their programs on one partition. Then put their documents, pictures what ever you may have on another partition. A good number for the Windows partition is 100 GB. The reason for putting Windows and the programs on the same partition is that when you install a program, a change needs to be made to the registry. It seems to work a bit better if they are on the same partition. As far as making partitions, if you could post a shot of your Disk Management, it would help us to know what we are dealing with. You can use the Snipping Tool to do that. Thanks,
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12 Mar 2011   #3
gregrocker

 

I also would not put programs on a separate partition as they write registry keys which integrate themselves into the OS. You will also want them in the Win7 backup image.

A practical way to achieve what you want is to shrink your OS partition some to make space for a separate data partition - or even better on a separate HD with it's own reader. User Folders - Change Default Location

This keeps your OS/Programs partition backup image lean so that if Win7 ever becomes irreparable, you can quickly reimage to HD or it's replacement while the data is ready and current in it's own separate partition "vault." Both should be backed up externally.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Backup User and System Files
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12 Mar 2011   #4
shellman

Windows 7 Home Edition 64 bits
 
 
Reformating Windows partition

I once reinstalled Windows and wanted to keep all my custom menus on 3D Studio. I copied the whole autodesk folder to my files partition.

I was clear about not running this files from my experience on XP. But I just tried it once and it worked.

I read about Windows needing some free space on the disk for best performance. This is my concern. And installing programs on the Files and works partition would ahve them a lot of space and not to affect windows.
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12 Mar 2011   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello.


I too would install programs/apps to the Windows 7 partition and store personal data on another partition; you will be sorry in the long-run if you install Windows 7 to too small a partition, 100GB is a good starting point.

If you are going to reinstall Windows the best process is outlined in this information below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


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 Primary partitions or an Extended partition 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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12 Mar 2011   #6
shellman

Windows 7 Home Edition 64 bits
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shellman View Post
I want Windows 7 ultimate 64 bits to be on it's exclusive partition.

I'm thinkig about Unistalling all software and then installing again on a diferent partition.

Ok that's easy to figure out but will I be albe to redimension a partition that has files on it to be bigger while Windows partition to be smaller?
I want to have only the needed space for windows and no to touch it for anything but windows updates.

Thanks for your time.
Most of the people here put their Windows and their programs on one partition. Then put their documents, pictures what ever you may have on another partition. A good number for the Windows partition is 100 GB. The reason for putting Windows and the programs on the same partition is that when you install a program, a change needs to be made to the registry. It seems to work a bit better if they are on the same partition. As far as making partitions, if you could post a shot of your Disk Management, it would help us to know what we are dealing with. You can use the Snipping Tool to do that. Thanks,


http://i1085.photobucket.com/albums/..._partition.png


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12 Mar 2011   #7
gregrocker

 

I would delete the 7.63 gb partiiton then extend the one to it's left into that space, give it a letter: Partition or Volume - Extend

Then you can link your active User's folders to that partition: User Folders - Change Default Location
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12 Mar 2011   #8
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Keeping your OS & installed programs on the same partition is the thing to do for reasons like registry etc. Uninstalled, standalone programs can be placed anywhere that is logical to you (the OS partition is a logical place for me).

Your OS partition is already nearly full (8% free). You nee to do something about it quite soon. Unless you are working to the constraints of a small SSD I would
(1) keep you C: drive to around 100GB and consider extending it to the right to include the 42.2GB and 7.6GB initially. At say 80% occupancy this is still able to be imaged in ~45minutes.
or
(2) Move your personal folder off the partition as mentioned elsewhere.

Store big ticket data items like music, photo archives off C:.

BUT make sure the 7.6GB partition is actually empty and not storing some ACER recovery data or tools. Just because Windows Disk management shows this type of partition to be empty doesn't mean it's really empty!
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