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Windows 7: Format partition before installing Win7, or not?

30 Mar 2009   #21
YupYup

Win 7
 
 

Not sure what your saying other than showing the recovery reference in BCD for your system.


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30 Mar 2009   #22
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi,

Mine is here - 7068x64

Format partition before installing Win7, or not?-recoveryfolder7048x642009-03-31_015741.jpg

Format partition before installing Win7, or not?-recovery7068x642009-03-31_015153.jpg

It is for the benefit of others reading the thread who not that familiar with BCD.

I extracted it some time back and it contains bootsect.exe, which presumably will be on the recovery cd you can create. That will be useful for those with oem preinstalls.

The Vista recovery cd distributed by Neosmart did not contain that.


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30 Mar 2009   #23
YupYup

Win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
It is for the benefit of others reading the thread who not that familiar with BCD.
Ahh ok, by the way my screen shots are from the 32 bit version so that could explain the size difference in the Winre.wim.
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31 Mar 2009   #24
johngalt

 

I hate to burst all the bubbles in here, but guess what?

I clean installed build 7068 by deleting all partitions from one of my Seagate 500 GB Barracudas, and then using the Win7 Setup program created a single 60 GB partition. I then told Windows to install into that partition, and the setup program informed me that it was going to create a small ~100 MB partition for recovery(?) purposes and would allocate the rest of the space to the Windows Partition.

And it did:

Format partition before installing Win7, or not?-7068-partitions.png


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31 Mar 2009   #25
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

It should work

Don't know what you did but here is a copy of my current configuration
( I did format the C partition first however)

cheers
jimbo


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31 Mar 2009   #26
YupYup

Win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johngalt View Post
I hate to burst all the bubbles in here, but guess what?

I clean installed build 7068 by deleting all partitions from one of my Seagate 500 GB Barracudas, and then using the Win7 Setup program created a single 60 GB partition. I then told Windows to install into that partition, and the setup program informed me that it was going to create a small ~100 MB partition for recovery(?) purposes and would allocate the rest of the space to the Windows Partition.

And it did:

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It may be because that is the first drive. In all my tests with an active partition present before the drive i install on, not once did it create the partition.
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31 Mar 2009   #27
baarod

El Capitan / Windows 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by YupYup View Post
It may be because that is the first drive. In all my tests with an active partition present before the drive i install on, not once did it create the partition.
Installed each version leaked at least 3 times the same way and I concur with YupYup, no "warnings" that it was going to create anything. It just did it. Maybe I never saw the warning because I wanted to let the installer partition the space I allowed it however it chose. I just pointed it at unpartitioned space and let 'er rip. That result was a partition ( C: ) a tad smaller than what I'd guessed and this itty bitty partition with no drive letter assigned. Didn't bother me in the least since other operating systems had been doing that as a best practice seemingly forever.
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01 Apr 2009   #28
johngalt

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
It should work

Don't know what you did but here is a copy of my current configuration
( I did format the C partition first however)

cheers
jimbo
The format could be a key - I created my partition but did not format....

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by YupYup View Post
It may be because that is the first drive. In all my tests with an active partition present before the drive i install on, not once did it create the partition.
That could be it as well....

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by baarod View Post
Installed each version leaked at least 3 times the same way and I concur with YupYup, no "warnings" that it was going to create anything. It just did it. Maybe I never saw the warning because I wanted to let the installer partition the space I allowed it however it chose. I just pointed it at unpartitioned space and let 'er rip. That result was a partition ( C: ) a tad smaller than what I'd guessed and this itty bitty partition with no drive letter assigned. Didn't bother me in the least since other operating systems had been doing that as a best practice seemingly forever.
I never saw a warning until 7068....
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01 Apr 2009   #29
Orbital Shark

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by davehc View Post
? I have not had that experience. over the years. Of the partition programs I have used - not many, but including Microsoft's built in manager, I always have to format the partition again. But, perhaps I have not understood what you are indicating by "recreating", or again, is this with SATA drives. I don't have that facility (yet).
Sorry fella, i might have been a little bit vague. In my experience of install countless Vista PCs/Laptops & now Se7en when I delete the primary partition (only ever worked with 1 partition so far) as soon as the new 1 is added i find no need to format as Windows already sees it as primary & formatted.

Additional: This is all from within the Windows setup program
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