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Windows 7: need help partitioning hard drive....

27 May 2010   #21

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]

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Dual booting is fine as long you let the 2 OS on your system drive...uninstall a dual boot can left markers (bad sectors) on a drive forever or after a hard repairing.
is it possible to have more than 1 OS on the same drive?????? i thought that was not possible
Is that was not the questions you asked us???

PS: Same drive but two partitions and i suggest 20Gigs at least for XP...

My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 May 2010   #22

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit


Ok to allow for all kinds of growth, my recommendation is:

Create one and only one partition at this time.
Leave the rest of the space as unused.

When and if you decide to put XP on there, then you can create a partition to receive XP.

You should be perfectly safe creating a single partition of 150 GB.

In just a second, I'll send another post showing you how to use your Win 7 DVD to prepare your hard drive as desired.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 May 2010   #23

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit


What many people do not know is that you can get to a command prompt using your Win 7 DVD.

Once you are at that command prompt, then you are going to use the DISKPART program to prepare your hard drive.

  1. Boot up from your Windows 7 DVD.
    At the first dialog window, press SHIFT + F10 key combo
  2. You will have a X:> command prompt
  3. X: is a ram drive created by Windows 7.

Actually, you can access the command prompt from any dialog window during the Win 7 install by using Shift+F10.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

27 May 2010   #24

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Thanx so much all...... for now i will do exactly as Karlsnooks has explined.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 May 2010   #25

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit


Now with you being at a command prompt, the next step will be to wipe the hard disk clean.


type DiskPart, Enter key
type List disk, Enter key
note the numeral of the disk you want to clean
for example purposes, Iíll be using the numeral 0
type Select disk 0, Enter key
type Detail disk, Enter key
this info will let you know if you selected correctly
type Clean ALL, Enter key
your entire disk is being overwritten with zeros.
This can take a considerable amount of time, in your case probably an hour. Be patient. Do not interrupt this "clean". That little led which indicates disk activity will be blinking furiously.

Now after you see the DiskPart prompt again,
the "clean" will be finished and you can continue.

type List Disk and hit Enter
type Select Disk 0 and hit Enter
type Detail Disk 0 and hit Enter
that will help you see the present status

type Create Partition Primary SIZE=153600 and hit Enter
...the size parameter specifies megabytes
...1024 megabytes = 1 gigabyte
...150 GB = 150 x 1024

type Select Partition 1 and hit Enter
type Detail Partition and hit Enter
...just for you own edification
type ACTIVE and hit enter
...this will declare this as a bootable partition
type FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK and hit Enter
...wait for the format to finish
type ASSIGN and hit Enter
...a drive letter is assigned to the partition
type EXIT and hit Enter

...will exit DiskPart
type EXIT and hit Enter
...will exit the command shell back to the Win 7 install program.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 May 2010   #26
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

rome before you do something you will regret I suggest you review the guide for setting up a dual of 7 with XP. Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Since you are running a laptop with 7 preinstalled you would refer to Method #2 seen in the guide there. Wiping the drive isn't necessary especially without having created a set of 7 recovery disks to preserve the recovery partition and preactivation seen with the preinstall.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 May 2010   #27

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]

Yes, better drive him to the right way, now. And He should create those restore discs anyway!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 May 2010   #28

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

what exactly is a restore disc??
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 May 2010   #29

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit


The term system restore disk means different things to different people, to differernt OSes and to different manufacturers.

The world will not come to an end and your computer will not self-destruct and go up in a cloud of smoke if you simply follow the procedure I gave.

That is going to give you a WIN 7 system with plenty of room for you to set space aside for a 2nd operating system or for a large amount of data storage.

Get yourself a solid system, up and running, and become acquainted with the marvels of Win 7.

After using Win 7, you will never look back and want to use an ancient OS whose lifetime is very limited. Sometimes people get very attached to their old Model A's but put them in a modern Mercedes and they never go back.

This procedure will allow you to go backwards and install XP.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 May 2010   #30

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit


The great master himself, Brink, wrote a tutorial on installing Win 7 and XP on the same computer, covering both Win 7 first or XP first.

Here's the link:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
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