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

14 Dec 2012   #40
babinjo

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
No option available to format hard drive with W 7

Hi there,

I just installed Windows 7 over my Vista and all those steps you listed were identical except steps 7 & 8. I did not have an option to format my hardrive and now that Windows 7 is installed, I am unable to custom reinstall it.

Can you please help.

Thanks.


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01 Jul 2013   #41
Vista32toWin7

Windows Professional 7/64 bit OS
 
 

Not sure if anyone is responding to this thread, but have a question? On the 1st page of this tutorial it says in the tip:

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Tip It is not necessary to create the Windows 7 partitions on a new (empty) hard drive or format the partitions before installing Windows 7 as the installer will do that automatically.
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I currently have Vista 32 bit OS installed and will be clean installing a Win 7/64 Pro Upgrade version with the CD disk, onto a new (empty) hard drive. I have no knowledge of partitioning, but if the Windows 7 installer will do the partitioning automatically, then that's a time saver for me.

Question
: Based on the above "Tip", the Windows installer will do the partitioning automatically on the new HDD. And I won't have to do any manual partitioning myself, correct?

Thanks, Vista.
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01 Jul 2013   #42
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Only if you want to, what size is the drive ?
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01 Jul 2013   #43
Vista32toWin7

Windows Professional 7/64 bit OS
 
 

750GB SSHDD. My current drive has a (C drive for the system files, and a (D drive for the DATA.

I presume Windows installer will auto partition these two drives same as above, on the new HDD for me during the install process?

That is my question?

Thanks.
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01 Jul 2013   #44
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Vista32toWin7,

If you do a clean install and delete all partitions on the SSHDD until the SSHDD shows as unallocated space, then installation will create a 100 MB System Reserved partition, and a partition to the left if this for Windows 7.
Clean Install Windows 7
Any other partitions you want could be added later after installation is finished if you like.
Partition or Volume - Shrink

Partition or Volume - Create New
Hope this helps,
Shawn
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01 Jul 2013   #45
Vista32toWin7

Windows Professional 7/64 bit OS
 
 

Thanks Brink. I appreciate the reply and links, but I'm linked out?

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Tip It is not necessary to create the Windows 7 partitions on a new (empty) hard drive or format the partitions before installing Windows 7 as the installer will do that automatically.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I just want to know if the above tip means that I don't have to format/partition my new drive if the Windows installer will do it for me? Yes or no?

And give me what I have on my current drive, a (C drive and a (D drive?

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If you do a clean install and delete all partitions on the SSHDD until the SSHDD shows as unallocated space, then installation will create a 100 MB System Reserved partition, and a partition to the left if this for Windows 7.

R. I presume here you are saying that [I], not the [installer], should delete all partitions on the new HDD? I have no clue what, if any, partitions a new HDD would have? Or where I would find/see this info on my computer?

Then a 100 MB reserved partition will be created by the installer. Not sure what this small partition would be used for?

And a partition to the left of this for Windows 7. Where would I be seeing this?

As you can see I have little knowledge of partitioning/formatting, etc, and why I asked my simple y/n question initially and again lastly?

Thanks.
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01 Jul 2013   #46
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

There's to much information to post it all here again, but if you look at step 8 in the clean install tutorial below it and the links it will explain all of this better.
Clean Install Windows 7
For not, a new HDD should already be unallocated, so you should be seeing the same as the screenshot under step 7, and can just click on Next at step 8. No need to worry about anything else.

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03 Sep 2013   #47
Penki

Windows 7 Home premium
 
 
Help?

Hello
Can't instal windows becouse selected disk is of the GPT partition style. How to change that or how to instal windows?
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03 Sep 2013   #48
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Penki View Post
Hello
Can't instal windows becouse selected disk is of the GPT partition style. How to change that or how to instal windows?
As the new MOBO's now have a uEFI/BIOS firmware.
How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI/BIOS firmware:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with
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03 Sep 2013   #49
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Penki View Post
Hello
Can't instal windows becouse selected disk is of the GPT partition style. How to change that or how to instal windows?
Hello Penki, and welcome to Seven Forums.

In addition, if the selected hard drive has no other partitions on it that would be deleted, then you could convert from GPT to MBR first, then select the unallocated drive to install Windows 7 on.

Convert GPT Disk to MBR Disk

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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