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Windows 7: Want to make new partition to install Win 2008 R2

31 Dec 2009   #1
askgupta

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Want to make new partition to install Win 2008 R2

I've Toshiba Notebook and Win 7 Home Premium x64 OS installed on it. I want to have Win Server 2008 R2 x64 also in my PC. I tried two options:

1 - Made VHD and tried to install in that, but it didn't. Gave error that Win 2008 cannot be installed on VHD.
2 - Created new partition but got error message that you already have max number of partitions, so can't make new partitions.

What do I do? Is it the problem due to Home Premium edition? If yes, shall I first upgrade my primary OS to Ultimate or Professional? I've already checked my PC for upgrade compatibility by Microsoft Upgrade Advisory and it says that my PC can be upgraded to Win 7 Prof or Ultimate.

Please suggest what do I do?

My ultimate aim is to run Win Server 2008 R2 x64 on my laptop - either in VHD form or in hard disk. Please help.

Thanks much in advance!


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31 Dec 2009   #2
Arc

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If you want to install it on a virtual machine, you may try vmware workstation 7. As far as I know (not 100% sure) it supports win server 2008.

If you want to dual boot windows 7 home premium and win server 2008, you need another partition, so please try with an empty one. If there is not an empty partition, to create a partition without formatting the machine you may try Acronis disc director suite 10. But I dont know actually how many partitions do you have.

Moreover, do you know "diskpart" command? It is helpful in creating partitions.
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31 Dec 2009   #3
askgupta

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks! I have 4 partitions which came by default since purchase of laptop.
I have C: drive with 400 + GB but I am unable to make a new partition by shrinking the volume. When I create New Simple Volume, it says you already have max number of partitions. What do I do?

Please let me know.
Thanks again.
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01 Jan 2010   #4
Arc

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Perhaps you are trying the default disk management utility. I use Acronis Disk Director Suite and recommend it to you. Start Acronis in manual mode. In the top of the left pane, you will find Wizard. Click on Create partition. A Create partition window will pop up. Select free space of the existing partirion and proceed. Select partition c (as u want to create the partition out of it) and proceed. Give the desired size, then the wizard will do the job for you. As my system is restarting now, i am not able to post more screenshots of the next steps. have success. happy new year.


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