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Windows 7: Partition or Volume - Create New

30 Dec 2009   #60
schauhan

Windows 7
 
 

Hi ....its me again i am uploading the creen shots pla see if i m doing some thing wrong in the process




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30 Dec 2009   #61
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Schauhan,

You're not going to be able to do this with Disk Management. Instead you will need a 3rd party program like the free Partition Manager Home Edition to shrink and create the partition.
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31 Dec 2009   #62
miro2010

windows 7
 
 
The confused Newbie

Hello again, attached is a snapshot of the current status;
so I right-clicked on the free space I had and performed the "simple partition" wizard, ending up with a new "logical" partition M: as in snaphot:
My questions are getting more!
1- Why is it a "logical" and not a primary partition?
2- How can I divide this to 2 partitions?
3- Why the "shrink" order on drive C: only allows me to shrink it to 200GB (ie. by ~ 230 GB), I felt 100 GB should be enough for drive C: and I could use the rest for my stuff?!
4- Why Disk 0 is 465 GB? is that the total storage space of my drive? where's the rest of the 500 GB?
5- If I need to recover windows using the recovery discs I made (right after purchasing the laptop and before performing any partitioning, will my paritions (currently only M: ) stay unaffected?

Awaiting your replies!


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31 Dec 2009   #63
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Miro,

Q1) By default on a MBR disk, you can create a maximum of 3 Primary partitions and 1 extended partition with up to 128 logical volumes in the extended partition on a single hard disk.

Q2) If you have enough free space on it, then you can use this tutorial again to shrink the M: partition by how much you want for the new one and create the new partition from the unallocated space.

Q3) At step 7, you should have been able to change that to be 102400 MB for 100 GB.

Q4) Yes that is the total amount of storage space on your hard drive. HDD manufacturers use a decimal system when stating their drive sizes since it appears larger than it is. For example, I have a 750GB HDD, but it's actually only about 698 GB due to this.

Q5) Yes, it will not be touched. It will only format your C: partition to do the factory restore to.
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31 Dec 2009   #64
miro2010

windows 7
 
 
The confused newbie

Thanx Brink for your reply and sorry for my further questions:

Q1: from the snapshot I see I have 2 primary partitions C: and D: (recovery), is "system" a seperate partition? I'm a little confused cuz I'm just switching from Win XP which was much simpler!

Q2: It worked, now I have 2 logical partitions (100 GB each) in addition to C: D:

Q3: For Drive C: now you see its 247 GB, when I try to shrink it now I get a "size of available shrink space" 20607 MB (only 20GB!), do you have an explanation for that? The system is new and I haven't yet installed any softwares or played around that much to need a defragmentation I suppose.

Q5: That's assuring.. what if I deciede to downgrade to windows XP? what will be the case?

Sorry for all the questions again, really I'm new to all this and your input is very valuable at this point.
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31 Dec 2009   #65
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

No problem,

Q1) That would be your OEM system partition. It is a separate partition, but it just doesn't have a drive letter assigned to it since it is a system partition instead. That's all.

Q2) Great news.

Q3) Your C: drive will also have allocated space set aside for the page file (virtual memory), superfetch, restore points, etc.... Even though they may not use up the allocated space, the allocated space is not available for use by you. Thus, you cannot shrink it.

Q4/5) If you decide to downgrade, then just format the C: drive to wipe out Windows 7 and install XP on it.
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31 Dec 2009   #66
miro2010

windows 7
 
 

Thanx a lot Brink, your input was very useful
Will let you know if I face other confusions of course!!
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31 Dec 2009   #67
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome Miro. Anytime.
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01 Jan 2010   #68
miro2010

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
No problem,

Q1) That would be your OEM system partition. It is a separate partition, but it just doesn't have a drive letter assigned to it since it is a system partition instead. That's all.

Q2) Great news.

Q3) Your C: drive will also have allocated space set aside for the page file (virtual memory), superfetch, restore points, etc.... Even though they may not use up the allocated space, the allocated space is not available for use by you. Thus, you cannot shrink it.

Q4/5) If you decide to downgrade, then just format the C: drive to wipe out Windows 7 and install XP on it.
Hey Brink
Q3) I'm still a little puzzled about this, my C: partition now is 227 GB and can no longer shrink it further, although I see other people with C: partitions of much smaller size reaching 80 GB... so now I have around 200 GB that my system uses and not available for my use, leaving me only with the 200 GB I divided upon the other 2 logical partitions? Do I understand this correct? What is extra in my system's case to need 227 GB untouched and unavailable for my use?
that really depresses me if so :-( so the only way to use it is store some of my stuff on the C: parition? I usually don't prefer that and always store my stuff away from C: which I leave only for the OS.
Is anyone else out there having this situation too?
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01 Jan 2010   #69
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Miro,

This also has to do with the way your drive layout is with already having a partition (ex: Recovery) extended off of the C: partition. You can use a 3rd party program like the one in my post above to shrink it further though.
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