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Windows 7: is it possible to split my hd into 2 sections

15 Apr 2010   #1
bigboi972

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
is it possible to split my hd into 2 sections

Im trying to format my pc and keep some files but i dont have a flash drive or anything to store theam on so I wanna know is it possible to split my c drive into 2 sections one section to be recovered and the other section just so i can store the files i wanna keep
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15 Apr 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigboi972 View Post
Im trying to format my pc and keep some files but i dont have a flash drive or anything to store theam on so I wanna know is it possible to split my c drive into 2 sections one section to be recovered and the other section just so i can store the files i wanna keep
http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/6196/50670186.png
So you are asking to split C: into t wo partitions, correct?

It can be done with a third paper app like paragon disk suite.

Let us know if you need help


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15 Apr 2010   #3
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

Yes, most newer disk management suites (Partition Wizard) can resize and split partitions without loss of data. However, you should always backup your hard drive before doing this sort of thing because no program is perfect.
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15 Apr 2010   #4
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigboi972 View Post
Im trying to format my pc and keep some files but i dont have a flash drive or anything to store theam on so I wanna know is it possible to split my c drive into 2 sections one section to be recovered and the other section just so i can store the files i wanna keep
http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/6196/50670186.png
Before installation and loading of files... Yes, the windows 7 installer gives you the opportunity to partition right at the beginning of the install.

After installing and loading files... Nope. Well, not without taking some significant risk of data loss... You can use third party partitioning tools to resize your C: partition and create a new one in the newly unused space. You can then format the drive and copy stuff over to it. BUT... be warned, this is not all great and rosey... if your primary drive has files scattered all over the place or is nearly full, it's not going to work and you may even suffer data loss...
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15 Apr 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You can shrink C with Disk Management and create a new partition. I have never lost any data that way. The shrinkage will stop anyhow at the MFT which sits in the middle of the partition - so you can shrink only about half of the available space. I made this video which will tell you how to do it. Ignore the part about moving the folders - unless you want to do that.
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16 Apr 2010   #6
bigboi972

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

thanks for all the extremely quick responses iwill be trying some of these methods and will ask if i need help which most likely i will
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16 Apr 2010   #7
bigboi972

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

i dont think its possible for me to format my system useing my windows 7 cd as followed in this tutorial Clean Install Windows 7 the advance option does not come up as stated in step seven and i wanted to know if i was to use the program partion wizard to format my harddrive how would i install my os after doing so thanks
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16 Apr 2010   #8
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

Are you running it from boot? Like it says here...


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16 Apr 2010   #9
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

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16 Apr 2010   #10
DarkStar GT

Windows Home Premium (64)
 
 

^^^^
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