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Windows 7: Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

20 Feb 2012   #50
Dave P

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

This is a really useful tutorial and thread, and having read through it I'm about ready to go ahead and convert my C: drive to an extended partition so I can have logical ones for my personal data (after I've done some backups !).

There's one thing I find potentially confusing though. I've got an HP laptop running W7 Home Premium 64bit, which came with 4 primary partitions, like several other people's laptops in this thread. As it has a separate 200Mb System partition (active, primary) I assume all the necessary boot files are on there, rather than on C: as they used to be. But what seems ambiguous is that the C: drive is labelled Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition. That almost implies that this drive also contains boot files, or am I just misinterpreting it ?


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08 Aug 2012   #51
agentcooper

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

Hello Bare Foot Kid! Thank you for your tutorial. I have a question. Here is my situation.
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Can i use all your tutorial steps for disk E:?

Sincerely yours, Ravil.


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08 Aug 2012   #52
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Ravil, welcome to Seven Foruns!


Are you are asking if E: could be converted to an Extended partition?

If there is no data on E: that you need to save and you don't have any Linux products installed anywhere ... the answer is yes.

The easiest way in that case would be to use Windows disk management to do a simple delete of E: then using disk management to create the Extended, which it will do by default.

Be sure to post back with any other questions you may have and to keep me updated.
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08 Aug 2012   #53
agentcooper

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

Thank you! I have data on it. My portable hdd was borrowed. As soon as I get it I'll save all data from disk E: on it, and will do exactly what you advise. I will necessarily keep you in touch. Thank you again for quick and full answer!

Sincerely yours, Ravil.
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08 Aug 2012   #54
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You could use Partition Wizard to convert E: to an Extended, then shrink that and create other Logical drives from that; I'm just always concerned about data loss so back-ups are always a good idea.




Have a look at Option One of this tutorial linked below for some ideas.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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12 Aug 2012   #55
agentcooper

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

Hi, Bare Foot Kid! I did it. Everything worked correctly. Thank you very much!
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12 Aug 2012   #56
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by agentcooper View Post
Hi, Bare Foot Kid! I did it. Everything worked correctly. Thank you very much!


Good job mate and thanks for the update.
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29 Aug 2012   #57
sam9953

Windows 7 Home Basic 64 bit
 
 

@Bare Foot Kid

Hi there sir, I followed your tutorial properly and I have been able to make extended partitions of my C drive thanks to you. I have an HP G6 2005AX which also gave me four partitions by default.
Anyway. I have a few quesions:

I hope nothing is different, now that my C drive is not a primary drive but a logical one. Does it make my computer a little slower? Because I am feeling a very slight lag.

Secondly will I be able to install windows 8 if I make another extension or partition of my C drive. Will windows 8 be installed in it? I mean I want a dual booting system, with windows 7 and 8 as well.
If not then what should I do to be able to install another OS with these current main 4 partitions.
Thanks
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29 Aug 2012   #58
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Sam.


You can install Windows 8 to an Extended partition / Logical drive, just boot the W_8 installer as normal,do NOT attempt to install from the W_7 desktop.

This is a snip of my actual, current HDD set-up.
click to enlarge
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29 Aug 2012   #59
sam9953

Windows 7 Home Basic 64 bit
 
 

So this means that I can install windows 8 even on an extended partition right?
Secondly I did not understand what you mean by "Don't install using your windows 7 desktop"?
Plus can you guide me to some good tutorial where I can learn how to install a second OS?
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