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Windows 7: Reinstall windows 7 from recovary partition.

30 Mar 2010   #1
thilina

windows 7 home premium
 
 
Reinstall windows 7 from recovary partition.

I'm using Acer Aspire 4810T Notebook. It comes with 500GB hard disk & original windows 7. But initially windows 7 has been installed in C drive taking my whole hard disk as C drive. But now I wanna have a different partition to store my data(D).
1. I donít find any way to reinstall windows 7 after creation of another partition.
2. If I use another bootable CD (like windows XP) to create a partition then would I be able to install windows 7 from recovery partition on newly created partition?
3. Does anybody know about any third party software which can be used to partitioning without any side effects?

Cheers.


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30 Mar 2010   #2
smsff7

Windows 7 Pro X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thilina View Post
I'm using Acer Aspire 4810T Notebook. It comes with 500GB hard disk & original windows 7. But initially windows 7 has been installed in C drive taking my whole hard disk as C drive. But now I wanna have a different partition to store my data(D).
1. I donít find any way to reinstall windows 7 after creation of another partition.
2. If I use another bootable CD (like windows XP) to create a partition then would I be able to install windows 7 from recovery partition on newly created partition?
3. Does anybody know about any third party software which can be used to partitioning without any side effects?

Cheers.
take a look at this tutorial

Partition or Volume - Shrink

then this one

Partition or Volume - Create New
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30 Mar 2010   #3
thilina

windows 7 home premium
 
 

Thanks a lot. I went through it & I'm still confuced whether this shrinking will cause any problams to my recovary partition. Are you sure nothing will happen & in any case I would be able to use recovary partition & restore the OS?
Thanks & cheers
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30 Mar 2010   #4
smsff7

Windows 7 Pro X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thilina View Post
Thanks a lot. I went through it & I'm still confuced whether this shrinking will cause any problams to my recovary partition. Are you sure nothing will happen & in any case I would be able to use recovary partition & restore the OS?
Thanks & cheers

there won't be any prob with your recovery partition since it won't be messing with it. All that will happen is that space not being used on your main partition will be removed from the specific partition so it can be used to create a new partition
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30 Mar 2010   #5
gregrocker

 

Make your Recovery Disks anyway to be sure.

Also, Acer will mail you free Recov Disks within 90 days if you call them. And you can always get them from Acer if needed in the future. For this reason, I wiped the Recov partition and clean-installed Win7 without the bloatware corruption.
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30 Mar 2010   #6
thilina

windows 7 home premium
 
 

Hi all, Thank all you guys to replying. I followed the smsff7 's reply & tried to shrink my C drive which has a capacity of 453GB. But I can only managed to shrink 223GB. But I was expecting to separate about 350GB to D drive. When I see the defragment result, it says that there is a file which is unmovable. I think this is the reason why I was unable to divide the hard disk in the way i wanted. Is there anybody know any other possible way to avoid this matter. If so It would be grateful
Cheers.
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30 Mar 2010   #7
gregrocker

 

You can try free Partition Wizard bootable CD for Resizing the partition more than Disk Mgmt will shrink it.

But back up your files as partition managers can fail, although Partition Wizard rarely fails. However having a System File in the way presents a major challenge.

The tool I have used in the past to move System Files out of the way for shrinkage is Perfect Disk 10 trial version Offline Defragger. It needs to be installed into Win7 in XP SP2 compatibility mode however.
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30 Mar 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
But I can only managed to shrink 223GB
This is normal because the MFT (master file table) sits in the middle of the disk. With windows facilities that cannot be moved. There are OEM products that can move the MFT, but because I had some bad experiences in the past with those, I do not recommed them any more.
Btw: for your new partition, make sure you create a simple volume and NOT a primary partition. More here.

PS: I just saw Greg's post. You can follow his advice. He knows what he is talking about.
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30 Mar 2010   #9
thilina

windows 7 home premium
 
 

HI Greg, Im little bit confuced about what you have told. Because Im not familier with those terms. So will you please send me some advice indetail. If you can express the proceedure, Thats great.
also please let me know is there any risk of doing this? does Microsoft recomend this way?
Thanks & Cheers.
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30 Mar 2010   #10
gregrocker

 

There is always a risk in shrinking a partition using anything other than Disk management utility.

There is less risk using Partition Wizard bootable CD linked earlier, as it has never failed in hundreds of operations we have helped with here.

However, shrinking when a System File is in the way enhances the risk, so you should back up your files first, and consider backing up a Win7 System image externally so you can start over if it fails during resizing. Also make a System Repair CD in case repairs or reimaging is necessary.

I would use Disk Mgmt to shrink as much as it can. Then boot PW CD, let files load, select 1 for Screen Resolution, rightclick Win7 partiiton, select Resize and slide border to resize partition the way you want it. Then click OK and Apply step.

If you want even more exact steps, then post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map using Snipping Tool in Start menu, attach file using paper clip in reply box.

If you want to avoid the risk, then just use the Disk Management shrinkage to create your data partiiton as whs suggests.
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