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Windows 7: Want clean install on new HDD

15 Apr 2011   #41
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Just do as has been suggested and create a single 100GB partition during the installation process and don't be concerned if it says additional partitions will be automatically created.

Then when Windows 7 is installed and booting good you can create additional partitions if you choose using Windows disk management.


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15 Apr 2011   #42
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

During the installation you will make a new partition of 100 gb and you will tell Window to install to it, rather than to any other partition.

That partition will become your C partition. Any programs you install later will install to C by default, which is what you would want.

When you buy or download an mp3, you can choose to save it on the big partition (probably D) rather than C. You can also re-direct your user folder to point to D rather than C if you want to.

Personally, I don't use Windows user folders at all. I just make all my folders on D directly. I made my own folders on D called mp3, pictures, video, etc. You can do that too, or you can use the re-directed Windows folders. It's easy and very commonly done.

The point is to NOT put any data on C. Only the OS and installed programs go on C.
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15 Apr 2011   #43
Miskonduct

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Just do as has been suggested and create a single 100GB partition during the installation process and don't be concerned if it says additional partitions will be automatically created.

Then when Windows 7 is installed and booting good you can create additional partitions if you choose using Windows disk management.
Okay. Got it. So don't be concerned with any additional partitions that are automatically created. Just leave those alone when it happens?
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15 Apr 2011   #44
Miskonduct

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
During the installation you will make a new partition of 100 gb and you will tell Window to install to it, rather than to any other partition.

That partition will become your C partition. Any programs you install later will install to C by default, which is what you would want.

When you buy or download an mp3, you can choose to save it on the big partition (probably D) rather than C. You can also re-direct your user folder to point to D rather than C if you want to.

Personally, I don't use Windows user folders at all. I just make all my folders on D directly. I made my own folders on D called mp3, pictures, video, etc. You can do that too, or you can use the re-directed Windows folders. It's easy and very commonly done.

The point is to NOT put any data on C. Only the OS and installed programs go on C.
Awesome. I think I've got it! haha I appreciate you guys' patience with me. I know it's not easy. But it really has helped me understand all of this. I may have questions later about either redirecting the user folder or creating folders directly. I believe there is a tutorial that shows how to redirect the user folders? But anyway, I'll be sure to let you know how it all turns out.
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15 Apr 2011   #45
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Miskonduct View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Just do as has been suggested and create a single 100GB partition during the installation process and don't be concerned if it says additional partitions will be automatically created.

Then when Windows 7 is installed and booting good you can create additional partitions if you choose using Windows disk management.
Okay. Got it. So don't be concerned with any additional partitions that are automatically created. Just leave those alone when it happens?

Yes, do as ignatzatsonic says and be sure the 100GB partition is highlighted blue for the install and not the little 100MB "System" partition the installer will create.
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15 Apr 2011   #46
Miskonduct

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Miskonduct View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Just do as has been suggested and create a single 100GB partition during the installation process and don't be concerned if it says additional partitions will be automatically created.

Then when Windows 7 is installed and booting good you can create additional partitions if you choose using Windows disk management.
Okay. Got it. So don't be concerned with any additional partitions that are automatically created. Just leave those alone when it happens?

Yes, do as ignatzatsonic says and be sure the 100GB partition is highlighted blue for the install and not the little 100MB "System" partition the installer will create.
Cool. I'll be sure to do that. Thanks!
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15 Apr 2011   #47
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Miskonduct View Post
What I'm curious about is when I install the OS, programs, and music, etc. How do I put the OS and programs on the 100GB drive and the music and everything else on the 400GB drive?
Read this tutorial over carefully:

Ask back if you have any questions. User Folders - Change Default Location

Then after install you can follow its steps if you still want to put your User folders (Desktop, Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Favorites, etc) on a second data partition.
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15 Apr 2011   #48
Miskonduct

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

So when I installed my 500GB hard drive and booted up the windows isntallation. It showed it as 465GB is that correct?
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15 Apr 2011   #49
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Yes.

You can subtract about 7% from the advertised figure, which gives you 465.
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15 Apr 2011   #50
Miskonduct

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Okay, so I partitioned 100GB for my OS and programs. But I don't see the unallocated 365GB under my computer?
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