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Windows 7: Partition or Volume - Create New

17 May 2011   #280
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Sknvitty, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, some of these OEMs have a bad habbit of using up all four primary partitions that you can have on a HDD, and not leaving you an option to create another one. Could you post a screenshot of your Disk Management showing all of your drive's layout?

Unfortunately, usually the only way to do this would be to create a set of recovery repair disks from your Lenovo laptop, delete the recovery partition(s) on the HDD until they are unallocated space, then use a free program like Partition Wizard Home Edition to extend the Windows 7 partition into the unallocated space. This is not a recommended option to do though. One mistake, or if something happens to the recovery repair disks, you will have no easy way to reinstall your Windows 7 again.

Let's see what your screenshot looks like first though.


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18 May 2011   #281
sknvitty

 
 

hi,
Thanks a lot for your reply.
Here is the screen shot

the process looks scary


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18 May 2011   #282
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Yeah, that's what I was afraid of. You already have 4 primary partitions, so you will not be able to create a new partition without doing the unrecommended method above to create a set of recovery disk and delete the OEM (Lenovo) partitions.

I'd recommend to extend C: back into the unallocated space. If your laptop is able, it would be better to add a 2nd 2.5" HDD if you needed more space or a separate HDD instead.
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18 May 2011   #283
sknvitty

 
 

Hello Brink,

Thanks a lot for your reply. I was able to extend the C drive back into the unallocated partition.

No way out to partition this then?


The thing i was not comfortable is to leave 500 GIG in C drive itself! can't maneuver the space while saving files!

Is there a way to format everything and start with new partitions?
But I dont have the windows CD with me. I guess 7 has recovery mechanism.

Once again Thanks
vitty.
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18 May 2011   #284
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If you run off the Lenovo recovery discs - you could use those to put yor pc back to what they call "factory" condition.

The options on the oem discs vary a bit - but I expect they will allow restoring just the windows partition - and not the oem partitions . Sony has that option, something like this:

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20 May 2011   #285
sknvitty

 
 

Hi,
Will the EASEUS FREE Partition Manager be of any help?
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20 May 2011   #286
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

There is a better, easier way.

If you make any partition changes - you may lose Fkey access to recovery partition - depends how Lenovo set it up. Even if you do, we can probably get it back.

In any event - you must run off Lenovo recovery discs now - that is the first thing that should be done when you get a pc.

Let me know when you have done that and I will write a little app. which will do the job for you in one click.
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20 May 2011   #287
sknvitty

 
 

Hi SIW2,
Thanks for your reply.
How do we do the lenovo recover discs?
sorry i never used lenovo with win 7 before.
need your help.
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20 May 2011   #288
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Creating Lenovo Recovery Media in Windows 7

It will probably take a bit of space - 3 dvd's perhaps.
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21 May 2011   #289
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Brink,
I think C: should be at least 100GB but depending what is in the extended partition D:, couldn't it be moved to the left and a new drive/partition created within it? You still have the 4 primaries.
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