Windows 7 200MB Partition

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  1. Posts : 22,814
    W 7 64-bit Ultimate
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    Windows 7 200MB Partition


    Hello all....:)

    I wanted to start a dialog about this but I didn't want to do it in other people's threads. Not to mention; having one place to figure this out.

    smarteyeball said:
    Seven creates a 200MB partition at the start of drive for the boot data. (If it's a fresh drive, with no other OS installed / connected)

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    I would like to know if this will affect how many "Primary Partition(s)" as opposed to "Extended Partition / Logical Drive(s)" are created in the normal course of creating partitions / drives. As I understand it; only three "Primary Partitions" can be created on any one HDD; any other partitions created must be an "Extended Partition"; which can't host the active boot files of the OS. This of course; in turn, limits the amount of drives that can host an OS on a HDD.

    Where all this is leading: If Windows 7 creates this 200MB Partition as the first partition on the HDD; then that will limit how many (to two) partitions that are left to host an OS on that HDD. Now I know that few people dual boot; let alone multi boot on a single HDD.

    I just wanted to hear what thoughts y'all have about this.


    Later Ted
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  2. Posts : 14
    Windows Vista x64
       #2

    It's actually four primary partitions, but yeah.

    multi-booting is just silly in my opinion. Plus who needs to dual-boot with Windows 7 on a single HDD, when you can just boot from a VHD?
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  3. Posts : 12,364
    8 Pro x64
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    Example pics:

    Windows 7 200MB Partition-augmentted.jpg

    Windows 7 200MB Partition-contains.jpg
    Last edited by johngalt; 10 Dec 2008 at 04:42.
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  4. Posts : 22,814
    W 7 64-bit Ultimate
    Thread Starter
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    x3haloed said:
    It's actually four primary partitions.
    Hello x3haloed.

    Not according to this.

    Windows 7 200MB Partition-recovery_partition.jpg


    Later Ted
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  5. Posts : 14
    Windows Vista x64
       #5

    lol, I don't see how that picture proves anything.


    I'll post a VHD with 4 primary partitions if you like :P
    Last edited by dmex; 28 Nov 2008 at 15:42.
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  6. Posts : 47
    Windows 7 x86
       #6

    This pissed me off, because now I can't use TrueCrypt
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  7. Posts : 14
    Windows Vista x64
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    doubleblack said:
    This pissed me off, because now I can't use TrueCrypt
    why not?
    Last edited by x3haloed; 28 Nov 2008 at 12:58. Reason: added quote
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  8. Posts : 47
    Windows 7 x86
       #8

    TrueCrypt refuses to install WDE on any drive unless the Windows partition is the one that it boots from. Since Windows 7 boots from this 200MB partition, I cannot do it
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  9. Posts : 14
    Windows Vista x64
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    doubleblack said:
    TrueCrypt refuses to install WDE on any drive unless the Windows partition is the one that it boots from. Since Windows 7 boots from this 200MB partition, I cannot do it
    That's unfortunate. I would guess that they will update it to work with the new partition scheme at some point :)
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  10. Posts : 4,364
    Windows 11 21H2 Current build
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    x3haloed said:
    It's actually four primary partitions, but yeah.

    multi-booting is just silly in my opinion. Plus who needs to dual-boot with Windows 7 on a single HDD, when you can just boot from a VHD?
    Yeah, multibooting is silly, especially when dealing with a *pre-BETA* OS - so if the OS goes south, you can still boot your VHDs, right?

    feh. Nice try. Remember it has to be a Virtual PC created VHD - Steve has been trying to get VMs from others to work and thus far ain't getting too far. I am pretty positive that VBox images don't work at the moment....

    Bare Foot Kid said:
    Hello x3haloed.

    Not according to this.

    Windows 7 200MB Partition-recovery_partition.jpg


    Later Ted
    Windows only allows 4 primary partitions *or* 3 primary partitions and 1 Extended partition. Logical partitions are created inside of the extended partitions and are numbered 5+. Although the extended partition is not a physically accessible partition in and of itself, it is still (unofficially) using one of the 4 primary partition numbers.

    This is the way it has always been - even in *nix. Create 4 primary partitions, or create 3 primary, 1 extended, and all subsequent logical partitions inside the extended.


    x3haloed said:
    lol, I don't see how that picture proves anything.

    I'll post a VHD with 4 primary partitions if you like :P
    Please do - and then create an extended partition *after* having 4 primary partitions.

    And before you run screaming back to me about you were only talking about 4 primary partitions, please *re-read* what Ted wrote in the very first post.
    Last edited by dmex; 28 Nov 2008 at 15:42.
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