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Windows 7: No clean install possible on new Dell?

23 Jun 2010   #41

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 81sc View Post
So one partition would have the OS and anything I install on it and the other partition I would set up to have downloads go to (then I could move them over if I needed to) and any drivers I would need to keep for backup purposes, pictures, etc.?
That's what I do.

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23 Jun 2010   #42

w7 64

From what I've read when I go through and delete the partitions it looks like I can create another one? And should I format both drives before installing 7 on the active one?
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23 Jun 2010   #43


It's best to install your program files to the same partition as OS, however you can put your other User files on the other partition so it acts as a vault separate from your OS in case it ever won't boot. In a worst case situation, you could then just reimage OS to the first partition and have your files in place and waiting on the OS.

Here is a tutorial on how to link your User folders to another partition location: User Folders - Change Default Location

You can also right click any folder and include it in a Library like Pictures, Documents, Downloads, Videos, etc.

When you get it set up as you like, then save a Win7 backup image of your OS drive externally so that you can reimage HD or a replacement if necessary using your DVD Repair console or Repair CD. I would also drag your User folders or entire Storage partition onto the external in case of HD loss.

I see you chose MSE, a solid choice. Remember to check Optional Updates for drivers, finish with the same cleaning and defragging regimen, edit your msconfig>Startup list ruthlessly.
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23 Jun 2010   #44

w7 64

gregrocker- what's a good size for the second partition? I'll admit when I did a clean install on my old PC I just had one big partition. I see why it would be a good idea to have another partition. I've wiped all three partitions and hit new to create a new one.

crap- I think I screwed up. I created a 30gb partition and hit format, so I was left with a big unallocated drive but I think windows is now trying to install to the 30gb partition!
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23 Jun 2010   #45


Depends on the size of your HD and how many programs you have so that Win7 fits comfortably in the first partition without crowding.

The base size of WIn7 can be around 20gb with drivers, so say 50-60 gb ballpark.

You can resize later using free Partition Wizard bootable CD if you want to move the walls around.
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23 Jun 2010   #46

w7 64

Is windows supposed to install on whatever partition you format or go on the unallocated space drive? I clicked once on the unallocated drive (around 560 gb size) and hit next.
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23 Jun 2010   #47


Use Drive Options to Create New parttition, then format each first before installing to first partition.

It will be okay if you didn't format, but I thought you wanted to partition first?

Screenshots here: Clean Install Windows 7

Don't worry it can be done later in Disk Mgmt but you may only be able to shrink it by half, so you might wanna start over and create your partiitons.
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23 Jun 2010   #48

w7 64

Ok, maybe I was wrong? I have a Local Disk C with 549 gb free and a Local Disk D with 29.1 gb free. Program files (x86) is on the C drive, so it looks like windows installed there? I don't think I'd use close to 30gb for storage on the D drive so I could use Disk Management later to shrink it, right? I think I'm ok to move on from this point?
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23 Jun 2010   #49


Yes, if you confirm by clicking on Computer>C Drive that it has the Win7 install then you can use Disk Mgmt later to shrink it if you choose to put your User files on a separate partition, deleting the 29 gb partition to include in that or any other partitions you want to create at the time.

Your C may only shrink by half though, depending upon where the Partition Table is placed. You might be able to shrink it more using free Partition Wizard bootable CD, but have a System Image and files backed up.

Partition or Volume - Shrink

Partition or Volume - Create New

Everyone has their favorite way to do this so hopefully others will chime in to give you choices.
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23 Jun 2010   #50

w7 64

Phew, ok. Last thing and I think I'm good for now: I didn't click use recommended settings because I don't have the w7 PC hooked up to the internet yet. Should I have clicked use recommended settings or can I go download all the updates now and I'd end up at the same point?

Thanks for all your help!
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