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Windows 7: Partition the Hard Drive in a Windows 7 Install

06 Oct 2010   #10
iseeuu

 
 

That is good news! Glad to hear it!

Cheers!
Robert


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13 Apr 2011   #11
Lappy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi all,

So I've been on this forum, read everything I could to make sure I wouln't run into hurdles in order to do a clean re-install of Windows 7. Before we go any further, I had extended a partition earlier when I bought the computer and at the time I didn't know (I guess it's part of the learning process) that I couldn't have more then 4 primary partitions until the HD changed to a dynamic HD. Now I'm stuck with a dynamic HD and I want to get rid of it and start from scratch.

So I get ready, boot from the dvd re-install and get to step 5 of this page: Select "Custom (advanced)". Well, to my knowledge, the option for "Delete" is gray and I cannot delete a partition. Is this typical?

Thanks for the help.
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13 Apr 2011   #12
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Lappy,

You might see if you may be able to do OPTION FOUR in the tutorial below to convert the disk back to Basic, then see if you may be able to the above to delete afterwards.

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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28 Sep 2011   #13
DoubleZ

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Hello everyone, I have some basic questions regarding this topic that I`d like to clarify before I do my first Win7 installation. So I`d like to have one primary partition for my win7 installation and another one for my data (probably an extended partition). I understand that I can create the primary partition in the installation process, but does it give the option to create an extended partition? If it doesn`t what should I do, leave all the unallocated space alone and then create an extended partition out of it in the disk management after installation? Also can I create a primary partition in the extended partition, in case I want to multi-boot in the future, trying to figure out the disk setup Thanks in advance!
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28 Sep 2011   #14
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello DoubleZ, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you do not have a OEM computer with a factory recovery partition and these will be the only partitions on the single HDD (disk), then you could do either option below if you like:


OPTION ONE:
  • At step 7 in the tutorial, you could delete all partitions for the Disk# that you want to install Windows 7 until there's only one "Unallocated Space" entry for that Disk#.
  • Install Windows 7.
  • After installation, shrink and create any partitions you like in Disk Management.
OPTION TWO:
  • At step 7 in the tutorial, you could delete all partitions for the Disk# that you want to install Windows 7 until there's only one "Unallocated Space" entry for that Disk#.
  • Format the now first partition.
  • Use the Extend option to shrink it by how much you want to use for the other paritions.
  • Format the new second partiton.
  • Repeat extend and format if you wanted to create another partition from the second one.
  • When finished, finish the installation of Windows 7 to the first partition.
Hope this helps,
Shawn
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28 Sep 2011   #15
DoubleZ

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Hey Shawn, oh yeah I forgot to mention that I`m gonna be doing it on a brand new laptop with a fresh, raw hdd in it. So hmm, I think I should go with the first option, but shouldnt I at least create a partition for windows upon installation?
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28 Sep 2011   #16
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

No need to. Windows 7 will automatically format the selected disk# unallocated space and install on it.
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28 Sep 2011   #17
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Hope you don't mind me cutting in, but you will be given the opportunity to create your Windows partition size when you get to step 7 of the tutorial.

When you create your first partition Windows will also create a 100 MB boot partition in front of your main Windows partition so you'll have no worries on setting up a dual-boot configuration in the future.

I'd recommend af least 100 GB for your Windows 7 partition and possibly more depending on how many applications you intend installing.

I'd also advise you create your data partition at this stage and give it a quick format before you click Next to install Windows.

You should now have three partitions, make sure you select the right one for Windows (it'll be the second one).
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29 Sep 2011   #18
DoubleZ

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

So it doesnt really matter if my data partition is a primary partition or a logical drive?
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29 Sep 2011   #19
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DoubleZ View Post
So it doesnt really matter if my data partition is a primary partition or a logical drive?
No, not at all. You can have up to four primary partitions with the last one being an extended partition within which you can create logical partitions if you need more.

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