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Windows 7: Partition or Volume - Extend

30 Nov 2010   #70
Dawnz

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit
 
 

Hi Brink,
Thank you for the tutorial at the start. It answers quite a few questions.

I have had experience working with XP alone.

I just received laptop with windows home 7 premium, 320GB HD. It is an acer with only one drive, :C. Your tutorial makes it amply clear how to make another partition D. Further I have two quick questions

1. How could I go on to make multiple partitions like E, F, G, H? Can I follow the same ‘shrink volume’ technique elaborated in your tutorial? Is creating multiple partitions possible using disk management tool?

2. If the window 7 has to be reloaded again, can it be loaded onto a harddisk with multiple partitions, or does it require that there should be only one drive?

3. It is said, that the windows 7 creates a system partition and keeps it hidden from the user. If I create a rescue disk would the system partition still be required?

4. Does creating partitions ensure long-life of the hard-disk?

Please, do answer the above queries, whenever you get time.

Regards and thanks again for helping out.

Dawnz


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30 Nov 2010   #71
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Dawnz, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It depends on how Acer has your HDD setup already. Could you post a screenshot of your Disk Management with it showing your complete drive layout?

Having multiple partitions has practically no affect on the life of the HDD than if it only had one partition.
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30 Nov 2010   #72
Dawnz

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Dawnz, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It depends on how Acer has your HDD setup already. Could you post a screenshot of your Disk Management with it showing your complete drive layout?

Having multiple partitions has practically no affect on the life of the HDD than if it only had one partition.
Many thanks Brink for the quick response.

Sure here is the screenshot like you asked.

Partition or Volume - Extend-capture.jpg


Does a multiple partitioned HDD affect the life of a processor or RAM. Please excuse my ignorance, but have heard that the smaller the room (Volume) the easier to find and sort items.

Regards, and Thanks,

Dawnz


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30 Nov 2010   #73
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Let me help you.

1. You can create 24 additional partition (because then you run out of lettwers - and A, B are resertved). Just make sure your nect partition is NOT a primary (because you already have 3 primaries and 4 is the maximum) but an extended partition (a container). Under that you create the additional logical ones. When you use disk management, that will be the normal course of action.

2. There is no effect on loading the OS, the life of the disk (maybe a tiny advantage for multiple partitions), absolutely no effect on RAM, etc.

3. Even once you created your recovery disk, I would keep the recovery partition. You never know whether the DVDs you burnt are going to work and reinstalling from the recovery partition is a bit easier.
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30 Nov 2010   #74
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Thank you WHS.
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30 Nov 2010   #75
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

No problem Shawn.
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30 Nov 2010   #76
Dawnz

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit
 
 

Thank You for replying WHS, Brink.

Went through your tutorial again. ALSO saw the video tutorial by WHS. So this is what I will do. Please affirm if the steps below are correct.

1. Will Shrink Drive C: ( 283.99 GB = 283.99 * 1024 = 290805.76 ) and set up a new simple drive D. since I want only 60 GB in C drive , 290805.76 – 61440 = 229365.76 will be allocated to D.

2. From this D volume, I would further shrink to create a new volume E. The space in D is intended to be 60 GB, hence 229365.76 – 61440 =167925.76 will be allocated for E

3. Further from E, shrink and simple drive creation for F volume. The space intended for E is 60 GB. Hence the space left for F is 167925.76 – 61440 = 106485.76

4. E will be further shrinked and a new volume created called G. The space allocated for G will be 106485.76 – 61440 = 45045.76 (approx 43 GB)

This way there will be Three Primary Drive (C + system reserved + recovery), and other logical drives like D, E, F and G.

Please advice if the above logic is correct? Are the numbers right? Can I get the desired volumes D , E, F, G, following the above steps?

Thank you for your patience,

Dawnz
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30 Nov 2010   #77
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would not do this "waterfall" approach. Just shrink C and then use as much as you need from the freespace for each new partition. You may, however, run into a little problem - Disk management probably will not let you shrink C down to 60GBs (because of the MFT sitting in the middle of the partition). In that case, use this program. If you have further questions, post back.

Generally we advise to backup the partition you manipulate. In this case this is a bit more complex because it is the system partition. But you could at least make an image to an external drive. I would use free Paragon because that would allow to restore the system in a smaller partition (which a lot of the free imaging programs cannot do). Note: This is just an extra security measure - one never knows what can happen.
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30 Nov 2010   #78
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Just be aware if you need to do a factory recovery I think you will probably get back your original partition structure.
Recovery from images will avoid this.
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03 Dec 2010   #79
Dawnz

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit
 
 

Thank you!
Brink, WHS, & Mjf

Just finished doing the partitions.

first created a recovery set of 4 DVDs. Then followed the tutorial here:

1. Shrink a Volume tutorial:
Partition or Volume - Shrink


and followed it with...

2. Create a Partition tutorial:
Partition or Volume - Create New

Must say these tutorial by Brink are the most easy to understand and they are all that is required for the question asked. Kudos for the time and concern spent making these tutorials! I am sure there are many more like these; would want to explore more. Thank you WHS, for the video tutorial; it goes further to tell the viewers how to extend a volume too.

Regarding the partition this is what I did:

1. Shrinked C: ( it would only allow 135 GB to be used)

2. Out of this unallocated 135 GB, created a simple volume E: (D letter was not in option) with 61440 MB (60 GB)

3. Rest 76.60 GB showed up as 'free space'. Created a simple volume F: out of this 'Free space'

And like WHS answered, that creating multiple partitions doesn't affect performance or HDD life, I found it convenient to keep only two more partitions other than C.

Here is the screenshot:

Partition or Volume - Extend-capture.jpg

Many Thanks,

Dawnz


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