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Windows 7: extending seagate 160 gig hhd, new installation

30 Jul 2011   #21
drmax

W7 premium 64
 
 

wow, that was fast....did exit 2 times and going for an install

ok, W7 installed. When I get into another pickle, I'll search 1st, then post new topic as I see fit. Thank you folks!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
What do you mean Delete is "greyed out?" I suggested you follow the forums' procedure for clean install which is explained in this tutorial: Clean Install Windows 7. It illustrates how you boot the Win7 installer, then use Custom install>Drive Options to delete, create and format partitions as desired.

The benefit of keeping the OS partition compact is to keep the image compact with just the OS and programs, so that if/when WIn7 becomes irreparable or problematic you can reimage it's partition while the separate data partition is kept intact and current.
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
System Image Recovery

To achieve this you would link your named User Account or select User folders to another partition by this method: User Profile - Change Default Location
User Folders - Change Default Location
Greg, was not ignoring you. I didn't get your post until after the fact and it was greyed out prior to your post. All set now and thx. Uh, you a rocker? My name is greg and am a rocker from the 80's, rural band in the midwest. cheers


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30 Jul 2011   #22
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Good to see you got it installed, a wipe solves a lot of issues and thanks for the update.
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30 Jul 2011   #23
gregrocker

 

There were no issues requiring an unnecessary wipe of the XP HD.

It is counterproductive to have every case in Install forum derailed into a stressfull "Clean All" wipe before it's even determined if it is necessary. The issue was settled by Brink in the thread linked, with concurrence by SIW2 who developed most of the methods we use in Install forum.

OP only needed to boot the installer, use Custom Drive Options to Delete, Create and Format desired partitions. Delete was greyed out because he was either running installer from XP, or referring to Disk Mgmt "Delete" function being greyed out due to XP partition holding System files - he never had the chance to answer because of the rush to wear down his HD by wiping.
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01 Aug 2011   #24
drmax

W7 premium 64
 
 
a different drive wipe clean

BFK, can i do this wipe on a system utilizing xp pro? i have an old 30G HHD that i'd like to wipe clean and unsure. Thx
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01 Aug 2011   #25
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Yes you can, the issue was blown way out of common sense, doing a wipe to Hard Disk Drives does not harm them at all and is in fact beneficial; just boot the Windows 7 install DVD to do so on the XP HDD.
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01 Aug 2011   #26
drmax

W7 premium 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Yes you can, the issue was blown way out of common sense, doing a wipe to Hard Disk Drives does not harm them at all and is in fact beneficial; just boot the Windows 7 install DVD to do so on the XP HDD.
Let me re-ask this a different way...
is the software on my xp istallation disk there, to do the "wipe" thingy, or was it on W7 disk? I want to do this on a different HD, different PC, and using XP. thank you
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01 Aug 2011   #27
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Use the Windows 7 disk, just boot the Windows 7 DVD for the wipe and then if you want to install XP remove the Windows 7 DVD when finished and then boot the XP CD for the install.
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01 Aug 2011   #28
drmax

W7 premium 64
 
 

okee dokee & thx
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02 Aug 2011   #29
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You're welcome, be sure to post back with updates.
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