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Windows 7: FUBAR: Only 1 Disk with 1 Partition to install, what to do?

05 Mar 2014   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
FUBAR: Only 1 Disk with 1 Partition to install, what to do?

I cleaned my Hard Drive (reformatted it) in preparation to install W-7 Pro from a DVD, but now there is only 1 disk with 1 Partition on which to install.

I think I need another W-7 Disk that I can boot from in order to use Control Panel>Disk Management to somehow repartition the disk to be at least 2 partitions (1 for the O/S and 1 for other programs). Otherwise, if I install W-7 on the 1 partition it will be for system use only.

I don't have a recovery disk that I can boot from, only the W-7 installation disk.

Am I as adrift as I think? Do I need a recovery disk from which to boot and then repartition? (If one is needed do I have to shell out big bucks to a repair shop? or maybe I can find a reasonable Mom & Pop operation.)

What should I do? Unfortunately I have a day and few $ to get back up and running.

Thank you

My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Mar 2014   #2


If you Cleaned your HD then there shouldn't be any partitions, just Unallocated space ready to create into partitions during the install.

Partition your HD as desired during the booted Clean Install Windows 7, using the Drive Options pictured in Steps 7/8 to create New, Format each, then install to first partition (ignoring the small 100mb System boot partition it creates).

Other tips same as here to get and keep a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Mar 2014   #3

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
So there's hope! How to de-partition?

Good Morning,
Thanks for responding.
After I cleaned the hard disk, I used the command line "diskpart" to "create primary partition", which it did, but I guess I shouldn't have.
Now, I suppose I should get rid of the partition, but How do I do that?
Is there a command in "diskpart" to un-partition?
It sounds like you can install the O/S on an un-partitioned disk and the Install process is smart enough to let a system partition be created as the install proceeds.
Am I headed in the right direction?
10x Thank you
My System SpecsSystem Spec

05 Mar 2014   #4

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
More info about partition

Hi again,
The volume that is partitioned is NTFS and "pagefile".
Using "clean" again in "diskpart" doesn't get rid of the partition.
Using "delete partition" doesn't work on a "pagefile" volume.
I look forward to hearing sage advice,
Thank you
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Mar 2014   #5


Just boot the installer and delete all partitions at Steps 7/8 of Clean Install Windows 7, create a New one of the size you want for Win7, format it, then install. Ignore the 100mb boot partition it creates.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Mar 2014   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

You can also make and use a Partition Wizard Boot cd to pre partition your hard drive.

Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition directly with partition manager bootable CD.

Of course this would have to be done from a working pc with at least a cd burner.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 FUBAR: Only 1 Disk with 1 Partition to install, what to do?

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